Suzy Friedman

Articles By Suzy Friedman

Dec 23, 2019

Farmer grit created unexpected bright spots in a difficult year

It is a wild understatement to say it has been a hard year in agriculture. It has been a year of loss, heartbreak and stress. As a frontpage Washington Post article captured, “Farm bankruptcies and loan delinquencies are rising, calamitous weather events are ruining crops and profits are vanishing during
Jul 25, 2019

This farmer wants to create a "butterfly effect” to help the monarch

Eastern monarch butterfly populations rebounded last year, largely thanks to favorable weather conditions during the butterflies’ 3,000-mile migration. To help make those increases permanent and reduce chances of an endangered species listing, we need to plant 1.5 million more acres of milkweed, native grasses and wildflower habitat on farms and
Apr 09, 2019

Three ways to address increasing flood risk in the Midwest

Historic flooding across the Great Plains and Midwest has been devastating. While waters may be receding, farmers and communities aren’t out of the woods yet. Recovery will be costly and lengthy, and additional floods could be around the corner. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that more than 200
Dec 05, 2018

New resource to help dairy industry clean up the Chesapeake Bay

It’s a tough time to be a dairy farmer. Nationwide milk prices are at record lows due to an oversupply of milk and changing consumer preferences, and the industry faces increasing public and regulatory pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve water quality. These challenges hit home for the
Nov 14, 2018

This partnership between environmentalists and corn growers is breaking new ground

Throughout Environmental Defense Fund’s history and my nearly two decades of working on our agriculture team, collaborations with unlikely allies have proven to be a powerful, necessary way to unleash transformative sustainability solutions. It’s in that spirit that EDF has partnered with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which represents
Oct 26, 2018

Four market and policy opportunities for agricultural resilience

Every day farmers across the U.S. face unprecedented pressures from a variety of factors, including policy and regulations, markets and trade, and variability in input costs. With extreme weather becoming a new normal, it is imperative that we build a food and agriculture system that can absorb and recover from
Aug 02, 2018

How a farmer ‘think tank’ is aligning economic and environmental outcomes

One of the best parts of my job at Environmental Defense Fund is working with our farmer advisory network. Not only is it often the most fun part of my day, but it is also one of the most important. The farmers who advise us farm across the corn and
Mar 22, 2018

USDA newcomer Bill Northey has 3 big opportunities to scale ag resilience and productivity

In his new role at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Undersecretary Bill Northey will oversee agencies and programs that are vital to agricultural resilience and productivity, including the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. His portfolio will include crop insurance, conservation, disaster assistance
Feb 16, 2018

4 hurdles to clear for a sustainable food system

I recently participated in Farm Journal Media’s Trust in Food Symposium, which explored five drivers of consumer trust (and mistrust) of today’s food and agriculture system – health and nutrition, safety and security, affordability, animal welfare and conservation agriculture. The latter brought me to the event where I was asked