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On March 16, 2017 Jim Carrington, Ph.D., president, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center provided testimony on the importance of agricultural research before the the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, as part of the committee’s work to develop the Farm Bill.
“The public-private partnership in agricultural research has allowed American agriculture to flourish over the last century, supplying our nation with a stable, abundant, and affordable food supply while contributing to America's competitiveness in the global marketplace. Today we learned more about the benefits of investing in agricultural research. As we begin our work on the next farm bill—and as we look at the future of American agriculture—it is vital that we invest in public agricultural research,” said Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13).
“Among the most important Grand Challenges of the 21st century is to provide food security to a growing, changing world while, at the same time, preserving our vital natural resources and maintaining a healthy environment for this and future generations. I and my colleagues at the Danforth Center and across the nation strongly believe we can meet this challenge by attracting the best minds to the problem, by continuing and growing federal investments in research, and by delivering innovations to the marketplace through the private sector.” - James C. Carrington, Ph.D., President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
In addition to Dr. Carrington, Subcommittee Members heard from Dr. Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; who testified on behalf of APLU and Mr. Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Delaware who serves as Chairman, American Soybean Association and who testified on behalf of the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture.
The witnesses stressed the important role research plays in ensuring that American agriculture remains competitive and capable of addressing growing needs for food and fuel around the world.
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