According to a new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Farm Journal Foundation, the entire U.S. food system is threatened by the level of public funding for agricultural research. The U.S. has traditionally been a global leader in agricultural innovation, but Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says that advantage may be slipping away. “We have to be able to participate in markets, whether it is the carbon market, conserving water or whatever it might be. That research must be done regionally and it needs to be done through our land-grant colleges.” COVID-19 created huge challenges for the agricultural supply chain. Farm Journal Foundation CEO Tricia Beal said that should be a wake-up call for more publicly-funded research to address unexpected shocks to the system.
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