Urging Investment in Agriculture Research Innovation

In March 2023, US Senators Michael Bennet and Roger Marshall introduced the Advancing Cutting Edge (ACE) Agriculture Act with the goal of supporting “high-risk, high-reward agricultural research and development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

ASPB was one of 65 organizations that signed a recent letter to the Senate and House Agriculture Committee members urging support for including the ACE Ag Act in the next Farm Bill.

The ACE Ag Act would reauthorize the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AgARDA) at USDA, which was originally established in the 2018 Farm Bill and “was designed to help de-risk innovative technologies by funding research with significant potential benefits, but which may be too early-stage or technically challenging for private-sector investment.”

Including the ACE Ag Act in the next Farm Bill, and subsequently reauthorizing AgARDA, would ensure continued investment in agricultural research at a critical time for shifting global markets.

“Novel and innovative research holds the keys to unlocking new tools and ensuring a resilient food and agricultural system. Adding an emphasis on resilience and mitigation research at AgARDA will help producers meet the challenges of a changing agricultural landscape, increase production to meet the needs of a growing global population,” the letter reads.

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