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What is the 'grand challenge' facing the future of agriculture?
Date:2/24/2010

erman, CGIAR, International Rice Research Institute
  • Tom Doerge, John Deere Company
  • Dean Fairchild, Mosaic Company
  • Paul Fixen, International Plant Nutrition Institute
  • Cynthia Grant, Agriculture & Agri-Food, Canada
  • Quirine M. Ketterings, Cornell University
  • Raj Khosla, Colorado State University
  • Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE
  • John Spargo, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD
  • Mark Alley, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Chairman

    According to Pierce, ASA's Grand Challenge statement was prompted by a request from the Obama administration to think critically about identifying the top research questions that would result in advances to overcome the challenges of achieving global food security, sustainable biofuel feedstock production, meeting human nutrition requirements, and mitigating and adapting to global climate change.

    To view the six-page booklet containing the ASA Grand Challenge statement, including each of the Key Questions, and Expected Outcomes, please visit the American Society of Agronomy's Science Policy Grand Challenges page: www.agronomy.org/files/science-policy/asa-grand-challenge-2010.pdf.

    "We hope that this exercise will allow cohesive, cross-discipline progress toward meeting the challenge identified by the membership and elected leaders of the Societies," Pierce concludes.


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  • Contact: Sara Uttech
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    608-268-4948
    American Society of Agronomy
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