Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the initiative seeks to align private and public sector research in order to increase US ag production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint in half by 2050. “We know we have a challenge facing us: to meet future food, fiber, fuel, and feed demands with finite resources,” said Perdue. “USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda is our opportunity to define American agriculture’s role to feed everyone and do right as a key player in the solution to this challenge.” The plan targets food loss and waste, aiming to curb both by 50 percent over the next decade. Greenhouse gas, water quality, and renewable energy are other key benchmarks.
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