04.18.2016

The Hill Op-Ed: Agricultural research is the farmer’s ultimate antacid

(Published on The Hill)

By Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation 

“Publicly-supported research pays dividends to all Americans,” Vincent “Zippy” Duvall said in an opinion piece that ran in The Hill today. Duvall is the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation and he has embraced the call for a more robust research program at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). In his piece, Duvall notes that research is the one solution to so many of the problems that farmers face:

“Whether our challenge of the day stems from a new government edict that affects how we farm, another nation’s decision to ban our products or an unforeseen disease outbreak, there is really only one solution on which we hang our collective hat – cold, hard science.”

Duvall also talks about the USDA’s premiere competitively awarded grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and the need to fund it at the level Congress authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill:

“The administration has proposed doubling AFRI’s budget to fund the program at the level authorized by Congress.  To farmers, this feels like a good move. We need to find immediate answers to challenges like citrus greening. We also need to make sure researchers can fight the bugs that will eat into our yields 10 years from now. And we need advanced technologies to keep foodborne bacteria from reaching people’s plates.”

To read the piece in its entirety, please visit: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/276427-agricultural-research-is-the-farmers-ultimate-antacid

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