Roger Beachy, the new Director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) presented the Nov. 2 Plenary Lecture at ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings in Pittsburgh. For more on the Nov. 2 Plenary Lecture see http://a-c-s.confex.com/crops/2009am/webprogram/Session7046.html
Beachy discussed the work of the NIFA as the new home for the USDA’s extramural research endeavor in U.S. food, fuel, feed, and fiber production. NIFA will be partnering with agencies and stakeholders across the federal science sector to develop innovative solutions to the critical issues that challenge rural communities or our national food supply.
President Obama appointed Roger N. Beachy, a plant scientist from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO. in Oct.
“The goals of the new Institute align well with ASA's mission. We look forward to working with Sec. Vilsack, Dr. Shah, and Dr. Beachy in supporting research and science that will help U.S. agriculture meet the challenge of doubling global food production on existing farmland by 2050 with production systems that: increase input use efficiency; are resilient to and mitigate global climate change; sustain or improve soil, water, and air quality, biodiversity, and ecosystem health; and are socially responsible and economically viable,” says Mark Alley, President of the American Society of Agronomy and W.G. Wysor Professor of Agriculture at Virginia Tech.
The new research institute will encourage greater investment in the agricultural and natural resource sciences, leading to an acceleration of scientific discovery, a more rapid application of new knowledge to address challenges facing U.S. and global food and agriculture, and clear translation of new knowledge into tangible benefits for the American people and the world.
With the support of NIFA-administered programs, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA member-researchers will have the renewed investment needed to:
•keep American agriculture competitive
•work towards ending world hunger
•improve food safety
•secure America's energy future
•develop new approaches to better our stewardship of America's agricultural lands, environment, and natural resources
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