[Market-farming] USDA Report on Changing Values

Rick Williams mrfarm at frontiernet.net
Tue Jan 7 18:52:10 EST 2003

I have taken the liberty of reposting this article from Gene Schriefer on
Graze-L who got it from another list. This could be a significant leading
edge issue in the future


Rick Williams
Misty Ridge Farm
Direct marketed dairy beef and produce
(also dairy heifers and beef stockers)
Viroqua, WI

From: Clara Cohen <ccohen at nas.edu>
  To: ccohen at nas.edu
  Date: 12/13/2002 02:34 PM
  Subject: New National Academies Report on USDA's Research
  Dear Colleague:

  I'm pleased to announce the release of a new report, Frontiers in
  Agricultural Research: Food, Health, Environment,  and Communities,
from the National Academies' Board on Agriculture and  Natural
Resources. The report reviews the U.S. Department of  Agriculture's
Research, Education, and Economics mission area, the main  engine of
publicly  funded agricultural research in the United States, and
provides  recommendations on future opportunities and directions.

  The report recommends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture refocus
  its $2 billion annual research budget to reflect changing public
values and   needs. USDA should shift its emphasis from increasing food
and fiber   production to frontier issues such as the impact of
globalization on   U.S. agriculture, diet and health, food safety,
environmentally sound   farming alternatives and the quality of life in
rural communities. There is   a need for   high-level leadership to
support new directions in food and agricultural   research.

  A prepublication version of the report is available for online
reading,   with the final version forthcoming and available for purchase
from National   Academies Press at the following link:


  A 4-page brief summary of the report can also be viewed at the
  following link:


  Best regards,

  Clara Cohen

  Clara Cohen, Ph.D.
  Program Officer
  Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
  National Research Council
  The National Academies
  500 5th St., NW
  Washington, DC 20001
  Phone: 202-334-1870
  Fax: 202-334-1978
  ccohen at nas.edu

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