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Spurring innovation in food and agriculture : a review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program

Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on a Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.; National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Earth and Life Studies.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The United States embarked on bold polices to enhance its food and agricultural system during the last half of the 19th century, investing first in the education of people and soon thereafter in research and discovery programs aimed at acquiring new knowledge needed to address the complex challenges of feeding a growing and hungry nation. Those policies, sustained over 125 years, have produced the most productive  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on a Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.; National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Earth and Life Studies.
ISBN: 030929956X 9780309299565
OCLC Number: 900438347
Description: xxi, 221 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The global landscape of agricultural research and development --
Value of the AFRI program --
A quantitative assessment of project input-output relationships in the agriculture and food research initiative --
Program management --
Conclusions and recommendations.
Responsibility: Committee on a Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies.

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"The United States embarked on bold polices to enhance its food and agricultural system during the last half of the 19th century, investing first in the education of people and soon thereafter in research and discovery programs aimed at acquiring new knowledge needed to address the complex challenges of feeding a growing and hungry nation. Those policies, sustained over 125 years, have produced the most productive and efficient agricultural and food system in history. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the primary agency responsible for supporting innovations and advances in food and agriculture. USDA funds are allocated to support research through several mechanisms, including the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). In 2008, Congress replaced USDA's National Research Initiative with AFRI, creating USDA's flagship competitive research grants program, and the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, known as the Farm Bill, outlined the structure of the new program. Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture assesses the effectiveness of AFRI in meeting the goals laid out by Congress and its success in advancing innovations and competitiveness in the U.S. food and agriculture system."--Publisher's description.

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