agricultural research


An Insider’s View on the Value of Federal Research

Mike Haas, , UCS

Not long after receiving my doctorate in biochemistry I took a research position with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the main research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Prior to retiring in 2014 I had spent my entire career, 33 years, with ARS. I had a chance to see federal research from within the system. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s been my experience that federal research is solutions-oriented, transparent, and nonpolitical.   Read more >

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The Trump Budget Is an Affront to Farmers (and All of Us)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

I’m starting to feel like a broken record. Last month, I listed five ways President Trump had failed rural America in just his first 100 days. A few weeks prior, I’d documented evidence that his administration’s initial (so-called “skinny”) FY18 budget proposal would cut technical assistance for farmers and nutrition assistance used by rural households at higher rates than urban ones. Read more >

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Trump’s “Skinny” Budget Would Starve Farmers of Support, Leave Kids and Seniors Hungry

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

I wasn’t surprised to see that the president’s “skinny” budget proposal, released last week, would gut the EPA and the State Department. Appalled? Of course. But not really surprised, as the two-month-old Trump administration had already made its antipathy toward environmental protection and international cooperation abundantly clear. Read more >

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This Pi Day, Supporting Agricultural Research Is as Easy as Pi(e)

, senior scientist

This Pi Day, there is a timely opportunity to honor math, science, and pie all at once. That’s because AFRI—the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, a critical agricultural research program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture—is on the cusp of being able to deliver even more when it comes to advancing the way we grow our food and its impact on the environment, wildlife, and farmers. Read more >

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The Wonderful World of Plants, Soil, and Bugs (Or, Why I Love Agroecology)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

I’ve been thinking a lot about plants, soil, and bugs this week, while geeking out with more than 7,000 scientists in Minneapolis. The joint annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Entomology Society of America (whew!) has been a fantastic opportunity to meet and hear from scientists who are looking for new answers to the food, farming, and sustainability challenges our world faces.

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