USDA Launches Agriculture Innovation Agenda
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, by which USDA will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40% while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. The first component of the Ag Innovation Agenda is to develop a U.S. ag-innovation strategy that aligns and synchronizes public and private sector research. The second component is to align the work of customer-facing agencies and integrate innovative technologies and practices into USDA programs. The third component is to conduct a review of USDA productivity and conservation data. Benchmarks will include reduction of food loss and waste, enhanced carbon sequestration, reduced nutrient loss, and increased use of biofuels.