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USSA June 2021 Newsletter

By June 14, 2021September 20th, 2021Education
Sustainability Newsletter

JUNE 2021

agriculture exportsU.S. Farm Exports Projected to Reach Record High this Year

U.S. farm exports are projected to reach an all-time high of €135 billion ($164 billion) this year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly agricultural trade forecast, the key drivers of this surge in exports include record volumes and values for several key products such as soy, corn, beef and pork, and reduced foreign competition. Read more.


organic food salesPandemic ‘Revolution’ Leads to Record Organic Sales

Home cooking trends during the pandemic have led to an organic revolution across the United States. That’s according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2021 Organic Industry Survey. U.S. organic food sales in 2020 were up by a record 12.8% to a new high of €46 billion ($56.4 billion), representing almost 6% of U.S. food sales. Read more about this organic revolution.


sustainable leatherCutting Leather Use Would Have a Significant Environmental Impact, Finds LHCA

Cutting our use of leather would not stop cattle production. However, it would damage the environment, create more waste, increase greenhouse gases, and drive more demand for cheap, often polluting substitutes. This is the conclusion of industry research, commissioned by the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), after studying 25 years of government data. Read the research findings.


David Green, USSAPerspectives:
 America the Beautiful to Conserve 30 Percent of Lands and Waters by 2030

America the Beautiful outlines President Biden’s vision for a voluntary nationwide effort to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. This is a laudable goal, says USSA’s David Green, but how much will change given that American farmers have been focused on stewardship of the land for decades? Read David’s views.


fish sustainabilityAlaskan Fisherman Melanie Brown on Keeping Sustainability in the Family

Melanie Brown is a fourth-generation commercial sockeye salmon fisherman in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. She spoke to us about sustainable fisheries management, how it helps her support her family and will mean that generations to come can enjoy the bounty of Alaska’s fisheries. Read Melanie’s story.


USDA State Fact SheetsUpdated USDA State Fact Sheets Now Available

The USDA Economic Research Service has updated its data sets. The State Fact Sheets were revised on June 2, 2021, to include the latest available (through 2020) statistics on employment change and unemployment rates. Read more and access the updated Fact Sheets.


FAO to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsFAO ‘Walks the Talk’ on Climate

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has reached a ‘turning point’ in its approach to the environment. It has set an ambitious target to reduce the Organization’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030. Read how it plans to get there.

 

climate change actionDid You Know?…

Without rendering, one of the oldest forms of recycling in the world, all U.S. landfills would be full in four years, while 50% of each meat animal would be wasted.
Source: North American Renderers Association

What We’re Reading & Watching

  • what we are reading and watchingSavor the States: We’re immersing ourselves in Savorthestates.org – part of a new U.S. Government campaign to share the background about the diverse, delicious food and drink that originates from the USA.
  • U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol animation: We love this helpful explanation of how U.S. cotton growers are reducing their water use thanks to precision agriculture and a variety of innovations.
  • Tiny grain, global phenomenon: We’re reading all about U.S. rice, its commitment to sustainability and Mexico – its largest export market, in this article by USA Rice.

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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