07.18.2018

Feedstuffs: Five Breakthroughs Identified to Transform U.S. Agriculture

New report identifies five breakthroughs to address urgent challenges and advance food and ag sciences by 2030  

(Article published on Feedstuffs)

By Tim Lundeen

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM) released a new blueprint report on July 18 titled “Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food & Agricultural Research by 2030” that lays out how research can transform the fields of agriculture and food production.

Drawn from an extensive process that incorporated the voices of 146 scientists in dozens of fields, the report highlights potential “breakthroughs” through five critical initiatives of agricultural research that need to be prioritized — microbiomes, gene editing, data analysis, sensors and biosensors and transdisciplinary collaborations — according to an announcement from the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, which commissioned the NASEM report…Read more

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