Panel of university ag leaders focused on top ag issues


Panel of university ag leaders focused on top ag issues

An ag based panel of land grant university leaders has begun meeting to better coordinate ag research, education and extension.

The of ag leaders panel, created by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine through USDA’s appropriations bill, is meant to find solutions to agriculture related challenges, like feeding the growing global population and increasing sustainability. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green, who sits on the panel, tells Brownfield he has no doubt ag producers will meet those challenges.

“Let’s be very candid about it,” Green said. “We don’t have more resources to deploy in agriculture; we don’t have more land; we don’t have more water. We have to be able to do it more efficiently and employ technology to be able to do that, which I’m convinced we will see happen.”

He said it’s amazing how far U.S. agriculture has come in the last 40 to 50 years.

“We are the most productive ag system in the world, the safest agriculture and food system in the world, but we know we continue to have challenges that’re going to be required to be even more so in the future,” he said.

Green said increasing production efficiency and limiting food waste will be key focuses of the panel.

The panel will submit recommendations of actions to enhance the success and impact of inter-institutional activities by July 5, 2022. The panel includes ag leaders from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Kansas State University, Purdue University and Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

Ronnie Green Interview