To further the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s work on the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, it is seeking public- and private-sector input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture.
USDA is looking for ready-to-go technologies and practices to achieve its goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet global population needs in 2050 while cutting U.S. agriculture’s environmental footprint in half.
“Across America, we have seen significant advances in agricultural production efficiency and conservation performance during the past two decades,” said Undersecretary Bill Northey, who leads USDA’s farm production and conservation mission area. “We want to keep the momentum. As part of our Agriculture Innovation Agenda, USDA wants to continue helping farmers access new approaches.”
To help identify and accelerate adoption of ready-to-go innovations, USDA is currently accepting public comments and written stakeholder input through its Request for Information link until Monday, Nov. 9.
Input is welcome from the private sector, not-for-profits, farmers, the forest sector, trade associations, commodity boards and others involved in the supply chain or development of widely applicable practices, management approaches or technologies.
A ready-to-go practice, technology or management approach includes those that are fully developed, have been field tested and have completed independent research trials.
Based on stakeholder input from the RFI, USDA will develop a comprehensive U.S. agriculture innovation technology strategy for its customer-facing programs.
USDA has launched a new AIA website where visitors can access information on the latest research and data, innovative conservation technologies offered via USDA programs, and other conservation resources. Visitors can also stay up to date on USDA’s accountability metrics and learn about the experiences of producers who share similar paths to success.
The AIA comprises four main components. The first is to develop a U.S. agriculture innovation strategy that aligns and synchronizes public- and private-sector research. The second is to align the work of customer-facing agencies, and integrate innovative technologies and practices into USDA programs. The third is to conduct a review of USDA productivity and conservation data. USDA already closely tracks data on yield, but on the environmental side, there’s some catching up to do. Finally, USDA has set benchmarks to improve accountability. These targets will help measure progress toward meeting future food, fiber, fuel, feed and climate demands.
For details, go to www.usda.gov/aia.