House Subcommittee Hearing on Agriculture Research Innovation Highlights Breakthroughs and the Path to Increasing Productivity and Prosperity

Statement from Thomas Grumbly, President, Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

“Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13) and Suzan DelBene (WA-1), the chair and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, should be commended for showcasing science innovations achieved by our nation’s agricultural colleges and universities.

“Research like this drives food and agriculture production in the US, and we look forward to the Subcommittee improving and growing this critical field. All Americans want to take good care of their families, but changes in our society, everything from the growing conditions to the grocery stores, make it harder to put food on the table every day.

“With an increasing global population and limited natural resources, we need an ambitious surge in scientific innovation that will explore every facet of how plants and animals develop and every aspect of how food is made and consumed, so that we can meet environmental challenges as we maximize production.

“Federally funded, competitively awarded research—selected through a peer-review process—is the key to triggering this surge. The US Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is the nation’s premier source of funding for scientists from any institution and we look forward to working with the Subcommittee leadership, its members, and all of Congress in highlighting this important program.”

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