The FSF website, FSF factsheet, and FSF principles highlight the contributions that agriculture –including soy farmers – has already made and ways that we will continue to make progress for the long term. Farmers have embraced technologies that reduce emissions and increase efficiency. And, farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land by promoting soil health, conserving water, enhancing wildlife, efficiently using nutrients, caring for their animals and other measures.
Sustainable soil use and resource conservation efforts have increased 34 million acres – or more than 17% – since 2012. U.S. farmers are proactively managing and preserving their soil by planting more cover crops, using more conservation tillage, and using more no-till methods. These practices help to conserve soil, preserve and increase nutrients, and improve water quality. And, these practices trap excess carbon in the soil and reduce GHG emissions.
Did you know? U.S. farms are producing more food, feed, and fiber without using additional resources, helping to save water and soil, enhance biodiversity and conserve energy.
It’s a fact! Farmers continue to produce more with greater efficiency. U.S. agriculture would have needed nearly 100 million more acres in 1990 to match 2018 production levels.
Sources for all statistics in this section are available on the FSF fact sheet link.