ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of fully funding the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AgARDA), authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.
AgARDA’s authorizing legislation aims to quickly and definitively tackle some of the biggest challenges in food and agriculture, from climate change, to production mechanization, to zoonotic diseases. AgARDA’s specialized statutory hiring authorities and contracting vehicles, combined with the strategic planning, coordination and consultation, allows significant achievements to occur more rapidly than in a conventional setting. Leveraging this model will serve to boost economic recovery, kickstarting new ventures and creating new career opportunities in the agricultural sector
As Congress looks for ways to combat the health, economic, and climate crises Americans currently face, we urge you to fund the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority pilot at the authorized level of $50 million. Thank you for your consideration.