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Research & Innovation Policies for Sustainable Productive Growth in Agriculture

Government policies addressing research and innovation for sustainable, productivity growth in agricultural will be the focus of a two-day symposium Sept. 19-20, 2017, at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Agricultural research and innovation systems must respond to an increasingly complex range of issues to help the food and agricultural sectors meet the growing global demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber. In addition to generating significant increases in agricultural production yields, new innovations must enhance food quality and safety, conserve environmental resources and adapt to climate change. At a time of increased competition for public funding, policies addressing research and innovation need to be honed to deliver demand-driven innovations. Policies must also address governance and capacity of research systems, and linkages between the public and private sectors.

Symposium Overview:
The symposium will feature researchers, academics, and industry leaders from the United States and the European Union to:

  • Discuss government efforts to improve the capacity of research and innovation systems to respond to global  challenges in the food and agricultural sector;
  • Review developments in long-term investments and returns to public agricultural research;
  • Examine new ways to enhance public and private agricultural research cooperation and strengthen incentives to  invest in agricultural innovation; and
  • Discuss the experiences of the United States and other OECD countries in reforming their agricultural research and innovation policies to meet emerging challenges to the agricultural and food systems.

USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), are hosting the symposium in collaboration with Farm Foundation.

How to register:
Details of the symposium program are  provided here.

The symposium begins at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.  Sessions will continue until 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, and continue 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20.

There is no charge to participate in the symposium but advanced registration is required and can be COMPLETED HERE.

On the morning of Sept. 19, Farm Foundation will host a Farm Foundation Forum examining specific issues and challenges facing agricultural innovation in the United States. CLICK HERE for details on the Forum presenters and for Forum registration. A free audiocast of the Forum only will be available for those not able to attend the event in person.

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to attend both the Farm Foundation Forum, and the Research and Innovation Symposium, you need to register separately for each event.

Additional productivity work:
Farm Size and Productivity: A Global Perspective (February 2017)

Agricultural Productivity and the Environment (March 2015)

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