US-EU Trade Means Resolving Difficult Ag Issues, Says USDA Secretary Vilsack
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed the EU Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on July 12 on the most pressing issues in food and agriculture. Secretary Vilsack spoke about U.S. measures to promote more sustainable agriculture without undermining farmers’ needs and shared his views on future US-EU trade relations – which he says means resolving difficult ag issues. Get the full details and watch his address.
OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook Sets 2030 Production and Environmental Goals
COVID-19 has moved the world further away from reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the latest OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook. Governments therefore need to step up their efforts to meet the SDGs’ 2030 global food security and environmental targets. Read the findings in full.
Farmers Want to Join the Fight Against Climate Change, But They Need Help
The record drought in parts of the United States is becoming an all-too-familiar story for farmers such as Vanessa Kummer, who farms soybeans, corn, and sugar beets in North Dakota. Writing in CNN, she says that the severity and increasing frequency of such events suggest that climate change is having a hand in our weather patterns. Discover why she thinks farmers, contrary to public opinion, can be part of the solution.
Organic Trade Association Fights Food Fraud to Protect Integrity of Organic
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is fighting back against food fraud as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to strengthen its oversight of imports through the organic supply chain next Spring. More than 150 organic businesses are enrolled, or in the process of enrolling, in OTA’s Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program to get ready for USDA’s new rule. Read more.
USDA NIFA Invests $5.4m in Biobased Products Research to Stimulate Trade Opportunities
USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested more than $5.4 million in biobased products research in the past year to stimulate new trade opportunities for the U.S. bioeconomy. Projects receiving funding range from an environmentally friendly approach to wood protection to the use of hazelnut shell by-products to create sustainable panels for architecture. Read more.
From Corn to Peanuts: A Sustainable Investment for Arkansas Farmer Greg Baltz
Greg Baltz from Pocahontas, Arkansas has been farming for more than four decades. He typically grows rice, soybeans, and corn. About nine years ago he added peanuts to his farm as part of his crop rotation, which adds nutrients to the soil and minimizes his use of fertilizer. Read why peanuts have been the right, sustainable choice for his farm.
Fieldprint 4.0 Offers Enhanced Measurement of Water Quality and Soil Carbon Outcomes
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has launched Fieldprint Platform 4.0 – the most up-to-date sustainability assessment tool for commodity crop production in the U.S. Through improved science, the tool enables farmers to quantify the impact of in-field management to improve water quality and sequester soil carbon, alongside an enhanced user experience. Read more about Fieldprint 4.0’s new features.
CAST Commentary Considers Role of Ag Science and Tech in Climate Mitigation
The Council for Agriculture Science and Technology (CAST) has released a paper on the role of agricultural science and technology in climate mitigation and adaptation – key aims of the Climate 21 Project introduced by the Biden Administration. Nutrient and pest management, animal systems and carbon markets are just some of the topics covered.
Read more about the commentary.
Did You Know?…
Farms that use whole orchard recycling sequester 2.4 tons of carbon per acre, which is the equivalent of living car-free for a year. Source: The Almond Board of California
What We’re Reading & Watching & Signing Up for this Month
- We’re taking a from-the-cab look at Iowa farmer Tim Burrack feeding his soil.
- The work of USDA scientists never fails to impress. Take the double-cropping system they’re developing, for example, that is showing promise as a way to improve a farmer’s profit margin by growing cattle feed between rows of a cash crop.
- We’re signing up for The Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which takes place this November. This year’s theme is Regeneration and Resilience. We look forward to sharing news and views from the Summit with you later this year!
USSA Member Organizations:
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute; Almond Board of California; American Hardwood Export Council; American Peanut Council; Cotton Council International; Food Export Association of the Midwest; Food Export USA Northeast; Leather and Hide Council of America; North American Export Grain Association; North American Renderers Association; Organic Trade Association; Softwood Export Council; USA Poultry & Egg Export Council; USA Rice Federation; U.S. Dairy Export Council; U.S. Dry Bean Council; U.S. Grains Council; U.S. Meat Export Federation; U.S. Soybean Export Council; and U.S. Wheat Associates
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