Enabling sustainable production and consumption.

Our sustainability story is one of continuous improvement, using innovation and climate-smart agriculture to increase harvests while using fewer resources and giving back to and taking care of the land.

A rising population, changing climate and growing consumer consciousness is adding new pressures and greater demand for sustainable nutrition and energy. Your customers are demanding more and we’re here to help you deliver.

Did you know, U.S. Soy has the lowest carbon footprint compared with soy of other origins?

U.S. Soy farmers grow and develop sustainable solutions to today’s biggest problems. We are leading the way by producing more while using fewer resources, implementing farming practices that reduce carbon footprint, and helping to preserve forestland.

Agriculture plays an essential role in advancing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially #SDG2 Zero Hunger, and also enabled by #SDG6 Clean Water and Sanitation, #SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, #SDG13 Climate Action, #SDG15 Life on Land, and #SDG17 Partnerships.

U.S. Soy Farmers Sustainability Actions


Since 1980, U.S. Soy farmers have:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per bushel by 42%
  • Improved irrigation water use efficiency by 61%
  • Increased land use efficiency by 47%
  • Improved energy use efficiency by 45%
  • Improved soil conservation by 35%
  • Increased soy production by 130%

Between 1997 and 2017, U.S. forest land Increased by 742,000 hectares while cropland decreased by 3.6 million hectares. But we won’t stop there. U.S. Soy farmers’ ongoing commitment to sustainability enables you to produce food, feed, energy and other products to support a healthy society, even as we preserve the planet for future generations.

See how U.S. Soy’s sustainability actions can enable your commercial and sustainability goals.



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U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)


Get a U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) transferable certificate to address your customer requests for documented and verified sustainable soy. The SSAP verifies that soybeans and soy products produced in the United States are compliant with a system of sustainability and conservation laws and regulations and farmer participation in the U.S. Farm Program. SSAP is one of the largest sustainability verification programs in the agriculture industry and has proven to be a highly reliable measure of U.S. Soy farmers’ commitment in areas like biodiversity, sustainable production practices, public and labor health, and continuous improvement of farming practices.

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Sustainable U.S. Soy Label


The Sustainable U.S. Soy label is now on about 1000+ product packs forming an important part of the participating companies’ commitments to advancing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. U.S. Soy has the lowest carbon footprint compared with soy of other origins, with U.S. Soy farmers fully committed to advancing U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger.

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Carbon Footprint


U.S. Soy: A Better Environmental Footprint (General Use)

U.S. Soy: A Better Environmental Footprint (General Use)

Soybeans are an important source of protein for feed and food products, and global demand is rising.

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Europe

Europe

Soybeans are an important source of protein for feed and food products, and global demand is rising. An efficient crop, soybeans need relatively few inputs as they fix nitrogen from the atmosphere.

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Oil & Other Proteins


Soybeans and Soybean Oil Sustainability: U.S. Compared to Argentina and Brazil

Soybeans and Soybean Oil Sustainability: U.S. Compared to Argentina and Brazil

U.S. soybean oil offers a sustainable and more environmentally friendly solution to the growing demand when compared to alternative ...

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U.S. Soybean Oil Sustainability Compared to Other Vegetable Oils

U.S. Soybean Oil Sustainability Compared to Other Vegetable Oils

U.S. soybean oil offers a sustainable and more environmentally friendly solution to the growing demand, particularly when compared to soybean oils ...

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U.S. Soybean Sustainability Compared to Other Plant Proteins

U.S. Soybean Sustainability Compared to Other Plant Proteins

U.S. soybeans offer a sustainable and more environmentally friendly solution to growing demand, particularly when compared ...

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Research


U.S. Soybean Farmer Social Sustainability Insights

U.S. Soybean Farmer Social Sustainability Insights

U.S. soybean farmers are committed to caring for the land and contributing to their communities. Learn more about how U.S. soybean farmers are addressing social and environmental sustainability on their farms and in their communities in the U.S. Soy Social Sustainability Survey.

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U.S. Crop Production Preserves Forestland and Grasslands

U.S. Crop Production Preserves Forestland and Grasslands

Since 1907, the amount of forestland in the United States has remained relatively stable.1 In fact, it actually increased by 742,000 hectares between 1997 and 2017, while cropland usage declined during the same period.

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Land Use Change

Land Use Change

Modern tools and practices like climate-smart agriculture, enhanced seeds, moisture sensors, smart irrigation, autonomous and GPS-enabled tractors, drones, and satellite imagery help U.S. Soy growers produce more soy from the same amount of land, even as they reduce use of natural resources.

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U.S. Soy Supports U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

U.S. Soy Supports U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

By following the SSAP and other best management practices, U.S. Soy farmers are contributing to progress toward many of the 17 SDGs.

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U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol


SSAP Annual Report

SSAP Annual Report

In this report, you’ll find an account of the U.S. Soy industry’s efforts over the past year to produce, verify and deliver sustainable U.S. Soy to the world.

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SSAP Sustainability Highlights

SSAP Sustainability Highlights

U.S. Soy is Sustainable. Verified by protocol, carbon footprint data, and stable forests.

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SSAP One Pager

SSAP One Pager

The SSAP provides credible data and information to provide buyers of U.S. Soy confidence that the product they are purchasing is produced in a sustainable manner.

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SSAP Transferable Certificates

SSAP Transferable Certificates

With SSAP transferable certificates, exporters of U.S. Soy can now transfer certificates to their international customers. And those international customers can transfer certificates as they sell SSAP verified soy through the value chain.

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U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)

U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)

Get a U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) transferable certificate to address your customer requests for documented and verified sustainable soy.

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Sustainable U.S. Soy Label

Sustainable U.S. Soy Label

Sustainable U.S. Soy is verified by a third party that the soy was produced sustainably in the United States. Companies can demonstrate a commitment to sourcing sustainable U.S. Soy to their customers by placing a unique label on their packaging.

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Sustainability Practices


Carbon Sequestration One Pager

Carbon Sequestration One Pager

Just like the rest of the world, the U.S. is seeking greenhouse gas mitigation opportunities that will help fight climate change. U.S. Soy farmers are ...

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Conservation Tillage One Pager

Conservation Tillage One Pager

The use of conservation tillage supports U.S. soybean farmers in their work to produce more soybeans on fewer acres while incorporating ..

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Cover Crops One Pager

Cover Crops One Pager

Cover cropping is a management practice in which fields are planted not with the specific goal of a harvested crop, but to provide ground cover ...

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Crop Protection One Pager

Crop Protection One Pager

U.S. soybean farmers manage the challenges presented by weeds, insects and diseases with experience, knowledge and approved ...

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Pollinators One Pager

Pollinators One Pager

U.S. Soy farmers understand the economic and ecological importance of pollinators. Without them, agriculture would collapse. Around 75% ...

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Precision One Pager

Precision One Pager

U.S. soybean farmers are investing in proven technology and targeted innovations that elevate yield, reduce costs and ensure sustainable ...

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Sustainable Improvements

Sustainable Improvements

U.S. soybean farmers are leading the way in conservation – the vast majority of soybean farmers participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ...

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Water Quality One Pager

Water Quality One Pager

Water is a vital part of any agricultural production system, and proper management is essential to conserve its use and control its movement ...

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American Agricultural Landscape

American Agricultural Landscape

Agriculture is woven into the history of North America. For thousands of years, it has provided food security and commerce for the continent’s inhabitants. Native Americans were farming North America for over 5,000 years prior to European settlement.

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Sustainability News


U.S. Soy and Cropland

U.S. Soy and Cropland

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U.S. Soy’s Well-Earned Reputation for Sustainability

U.S. Soy’s Well-Earned Reputation for Sustainability

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U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) Certificates Can Now Be Transferred

U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) Certificates Can Now Be Transferred

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U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) secures European FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021 Certification

U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) secures European FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines 2021 Certification

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U.S. Soy Achieves Key Benchmark Certifying Sustainable, Responsible Production for Customers Across the European Union

U.S. Soy Achieves Key Benchmark Certifying Sustainable, Responsible Production for Customers Across the European Union

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