U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announces new innovation initiative for USDA

Last Thursday, February 20, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050.

Read more about the Agriculture Innovation Agenda.

Secretary Perdue announced via a Prezi Presentation the Agriculture Innovation Agenda at USDA’s 2020 Agriculture Outlook Forum. The theme of this year’s Outlook Forum was “The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture.” Several plenary panels and breakout sessions focused on the central role science and innovation play in driving future growth and addressing challenges facing farmers.