Use R&D to keep U.S. ag competitive

Use R&D to keep U.S. ag competitive
Mike Johanns, U.S. agriculture secretary

Every five or so years, the U.S. Congress has the difficult task of trying to pass an act that will guide the future of the agriculture industry, while simultaneously trying to minimize the rural/urban divide. This act historically has gone by many names, but is universally known as the “farm bill” and sets the table for some of the most efficient and innovative minds to help feed the world. It’s never easy to pass, not due to partisan politics generally, but rather as a result of where Americans call home.

As the farm bill inches along, the focus for many in the agriculture sector is how well this bill can help the industry rise up and out ...

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