Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


America Grows Act Would Reassert U.S. Leadership in Agricultural Research

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 07:58:22 CDT

 America Grows Act Would Reassert  U.S. Leadership in Agricultural Research Farm Journal Foundation strongly supports the America Grows Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill introduced today that would significantly increase U.S. public investment in agricultural research and development.

The bill, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), would increase funding for agricultural research by 5% annually on an inflation-adjusted basis at four agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the next 10 years. The bill is modeled after the successful 21st Century Cures Act, which passed in 2016 and spurred additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

More support for agricultural research is badly needed - U.S. public funding has declined in real dollars since 2003, while investments in other forms of domestic research have risen dramatically. The U.S. has fallen behind major competitors China and Brazil in agricultural research funding, but the America Grows Act would help reverse this trend and reassert American leadership on the global stage.

“The introduction of the America Grows Act could not have come at a better time,” said Tricia Beal, CEO of Farm Journal Foundation. “Our nation’s farmers and producers face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, more frequent extreme weather events, and rising global demand for food. Increasing investment in agricultural research is absolutely critical for addressing production, nutrition, food security, and supply chain challenges across the food and farming sector.”

The America Grows Act would increase funding for four agencies at the USDA: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Economic Research Service (ERS), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Agricultural research has one of the highest returns of any public investment, estimated at $17 to every $1 spent, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Maintaining U.S. competitiveness is vitally important to ensuring abundant, affordable food supplies, as well as supporting the economy. Food and agriculture account for nearly $3 trillion of U.S. GDP, 1 in 6 jobs, and contribute more than $155 trillion in export value to the nation’s trade balance.

“Increasing support for agricultural research is crucial for both our economic and national security,” said David Hong, senior vice president for government affairs at Farm Journal Foundation. “The America Grows Act would enable us to invest in solutions to pest, disease, and severe weather challenges that threaten our entire food system, and ensure safe, affordable food supplies for all.”

A full version of the bill is available at this link: https://www.durbin.senate.gov/download/america-grows-act-bill-text-


   


 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Thu, 13 May 2021 13:56:23 CDT
  • USDA-NIFA, CDC and Cooperative Extension Team Up for Vaccine Education in Rural America  Thu, 13 May 2021 10:35:15 CDT
  • Dallas, San Antonio and Oklahoma City to face 'nasty' Severe Weather  Thu, 13 May 2021 09:28:28 CDT
  • Oklahoma Ag Secretary Blayne Arthur Says There is a Positive Dynamic in The Oklahoma Ag Industry Today  Thu, 13 May 2021 08:59:57 CDT
  • Don't Bug Me: Pest Control  Thu, 13 May 2021 08:57:25 CDT
  • New Southern Plains Perspective Blog On Offsetting the Carbon Footprint of Eating Beef   Thu, 13 May 2021 08:45:52 CDT
  • ALSS Secures $7M Series B Funding To Commercialize Novel Vaccine Delivery System For Poultry Industry  Thu, 13 May 2021 08:29:58 CDT
  • Gov. Stitt Enjoys Grilling Hamburgers Beneath Peta Billboard Calling Him a Meathead  Thu, 13 May 2021 08:49:37 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!

    Banc First OPSRC ORWA TPAOO TPAOO

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.