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It’s not just a word. To us, it’s a lifestyle. As American farmers, we live the sustainability lifestyle day in and day out because it’s good for our families and ultimately, it’s good for business. Look no further than U.S. soybean farmers for sustainable products and performance. To meet customer demands, the U.S. Soy industry developed the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) including independent third party audit and international certification.
U.S. laws limit crop production on wetlands, peatlands and grasslands. Additional laws protect endangered animals and plants along with their habitat.
This practice results in decreased erosion, improved nutrients, water retention for future crops and reduced need for commercial fertilizers.
My soil map, soil testing and Global Positioning System (GPS) make me more efficient. New technologies are helping farmers like me continuously improve.
Satellite technology allows precise application of seed and fertilizer, down to the centimeter, resulting in less waste, higher yields and reduced use of crop protection products.
A drop of rain hits the earth with incredible force. Crop residue deflects raindrops, preventing erosion while adding valuable soil nutrients. The result is a reduction in soil erosion, sediment in rivers and less commercial fertilizer use.
I protect water resources by reducing surface water runoff. Buffer filter strips create a natural barrier to soil erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.
Buffer strips such as wildflower fields provide dual benefits: the plants keep soil in place, offering habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. It’s a win for the farmer and for nature.
Farmers care just as much about food and water safety as everyone else. They are committed to improving the world’s health through reliable access to safe, nutritious food.
I’m continually learning and looking for the latest innovations. I participate in continuous educational opportunities through my local universities, soybean checkoff and professional consultants.
One of the latest technologies in farming is the use of GPS and satellite navigation. This makes it possible to plant where the soil is healthiest, increase yields and precisely apply crop protection products and fertilizer where needed.
With assistance from research organizations, agronomists and technology companies, U.S. farmers are adopting new products and practices faster than ever before. The results are unparalleled crop quality, increased yields and the protection of natural resources.
The performance of U.S. farmers in these four areas assures domestic and international customers that the soybeans and soy products they purchase have been grown in a sustainable manner. U.S. soy exporters can provide their international customers a certificate of compliance with the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) for the soy they export, confirming the soy was produced with sustainable farming practices.
Bringing sustainably raised soy products to the world market—that’s our pledge. The farmers who operate the 279,110 U.S. soybean farms have pledged to continue to raise our crops in this manner. U.S. farmers are continuing to take sustainability to new levels. We’ve pledged to take the lead in showing the world that sustainably raised American soybeans are not just an idea, but a promise to you—our customer.
© 2013, U.S. Soybean Export Council