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U.S. Agricultural Production Systems of the Future: What Research is Needed Now?

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The diversity of agricultural production systems across the United States presents wide-ranging opportunities for exciting new research and innovation. New scientific findings and new technology, for example robotic automation, artificial intelligence, vertical farming and gene editing, could all play a role in not only improving existing systems but in developing new systems and new products altogether. New and emerging agricultural products can generate exciting new niches for farmers who want to meet consumer demands for crops and livestock with improved nutritional or environmental benefits.
Join the USDA Listening Session on March 2, 2017
USDA needs to know how research can help U.S. farmers produce the agricultural products consumers desire. You can listen to this session live by computer (March 2, 2017 USDA Listening Session), or by phone [888-844-9904, code 8967180] and submit written comments up to a week after the listening session as listed in the Federal Registry. Please email Dr. Seth Murray at for additional instructions and information before submitting written comments.


NC State Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act

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USDA Announced Increased Support to Expand and Diversify the U.S. Agriculture Workforce
USDA Announced Increased Support to Expand and Diversify the U.S. Agriculture Workforce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced increased federal and private-sector support to expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, research and outreach. The announcement is part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Rural Council initiative,
America the Bountiful, a collaboration with federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders to meet the growing demand for a skilled, diverse workforce in the rapidly evolving agricultural landscape. Read More...
REE Deputy Under Secretary Ann Bartuska kicks off Agriculture Workforce Event on October 6 at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Woteki discusses animal research at NANP Summit Woteki discusses animal research at NANP Summit

Remarks by Catherine Woteki, Ph. D., Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, USDA, at the National Animal Nutrition Program Sprint 2015 Summit.