NFU Offers Improvements to USDA’s Innovation Agenda
As part of its “commitment to the continued success of American farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its Agriculture Innovation Agenda in February. The document outlines how the agency will “align…resources, programs, and research to provide farmers with the tools they need…to meet the food, fiber, fuel, feed, and climate demands of the future.”
To inform those efforts, USDA sought input from the public and private sector. In response, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew submitted comments recommending improvements so that the agenda better reflects the needs of the agricultural community. More specifically, he urged the agency to prioritize climate change research and technological development, expand higher biofuel blends, improve rural broadband access, robustly fund public research, and ensure that new information and technologies are accessible and affordable to all farmers and ranchers.
Additionally, he emphasized the importance of not exacerbating the issue of oversupply with the agenda, which includes the goal of “increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet the needs of the global population in 2050.” As an alternative, Larew suggested “economic policies for farmers … that move away from models that encourage farmers to produce a greater and greater volume of commodities.”
National Farmers Union advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. We envision a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.
Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.