House Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Importance of Ag Research
June 23, 2017
On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing, The Next Farm Bill: University Research. Committee Chairman, K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), highlighted the importance of agriculture research in increasing productivity and keeping U.S. agriculture competitive globally.
“Agricultural research has been essential to U.S. gains in productivity over the past century,” Conaway said. “With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, U.S. production agriculture will continue to be asked to produce more with fewer resources and the best way to do that will be through strategic investments in agricultural research.”
Witnesses included: Robert Duncan, Chancellor, Texas Tech University System, Lubbock, TX; Dr. Jacqueline Burns, Dean for Research and Director, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Glenda Humiston, Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Oakland, CA; Dr. Walter H. Hill, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences and Vice Provost for Land-Grant Affairs, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL; Dr. Steven H. Tallant, President, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Kingsville, TX; and Carrie L. Billy, President and CEO, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Alexandria, VA.