Farm Foundation Workshop Addresses Ag Issues

Role of research, productivity growth to be addressed.

The role of research in supporting and maintaining the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture in a global economy is the focus of a workshop April 28 at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

This workshop is a collaboration of Farm Foundation and the National Agriculture Research Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board.

Workshop participants will examine the relationship between public- and private-sector research and agricultural productivity growth, both in the United States and worldwide. Participants will identify specific challenges for agricultural research and develop the implications for research funding strategies in the United States.

Growing demand for food in developing countries, expanded use of agricultural crops for biofuels and increased feed demand are changing the landscape of U.S. agriculture away from commodity and food surpluses and low prices. "This challenge to increase productivity comes at a time of increased pressures on natural resources," says Farm Foundation President Neil Conklin.

The April 28 workshop will open with discussion of economic returns to public agriculture research, productivity trends and prospects for future returns to agricultural research. Also to be addressed are such challenges to agriculture as climate change, food safety in a global economy, and livestock production issues. The second half of the workshop will focus on options and strategies for public- and private-sector funding.

Registration can be done online at www.farmfoundation.org. The registration deadline is April 21.

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