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USDA announces new Agriculture Innovation Agenda

February 27, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced a new Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA) to accelerate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050.

To help achieve the goal, the USDA is making several commitments including creating a comprehensive U.S. agriculture innovation strategy to align public and private research efforts. To do that USDA will seek input from the agricultural community on what innovative technologies and practices are needed to meet these demands. The department also says it will integrate the latest innovative conservation technologies and practices into USDA programs. Additionally, the USDA will improve data collection and reporting, which will serve as a catalyst for innovation and improved conservation decision-making. The USDA has outlined numerous benchmarks to hold themselves accountable to each of their commitments.

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