The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Natural Resources R&D Round Table

March 15, 2011

The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Natural Resources R&D Round Table held on March 15, 2011 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C. The program combined presentations by science policy officials with reports on exemplary R&D case studies to raise the profile of agriculture, food, nutrition and natural resources research and development work throughout the public and private sectors. Link to the round table program HERE

The keynote address was given by Shere Abbott, associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. The science agenda for the 21st century was the topic for Cathie Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Extension. Featured in the program were case studies of selected collaborative research projects that have yielded significant impacts for taxpayers through benefits to agriculture, food, nutrition or natural resources. The case studies presented involved such topics as the bovine genome, nutrition, food safety, pest control, crop production and water management, conservation, wildland restoration, and biofuels. In recent years, the federal investment in agriculture-related research and development work has lagged behind other areas of science supported by the federal government.  Increasing concerns over global food security are another reason to focus attention on agricultural research.  The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has estimated that global food production will need to double by 2050 to feed a population of 9.2 billion people.  FAO also estimates that 70% of that increased production will need to come from the creation and adoption of new technologies.

A summary and proceedings of the Round Table are planned.

The WEBCAST of the day's program is available for viewing. Once you link to the webcast page, you will access the webcast by registering to view it or, if you are already registered, by entering your e-mail address.  There is no cost to view the webcast.

A summary of the event is available here .

A summary of each of the case studies selection for presentation is available here .

The Round Table was organized by Farm Foundation NFP, Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, Institute of Food Technologists, Federation of Animal Science Societies and the Agronomy, the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America and the Crop Science Society of America, in collaboration with USDA's Research, Education and Economics Mission Area, the USDA Forest Service and USDA's National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economics Advisory Board.

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