The National Chicken Council (NCC) joined 900 farmers and farmer groups, agricultural organizations, food and grocery manufacturers, technology providers, university administrators, scientific organizations and individual scientists from across the nation in expressing support for a strong federal investment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area as a critical component of federal appropriations for FY 2013 (FY13).
The groups and individuals expressed the need for increased investments in science for food and agriculture in a letter sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Subcommittees.
“The success of the agriculture and food industry plays a significant role in the overall health and security of the U.S. economy and has been one of the few bright spots in recent years,” the letter stated.
The coalition’s support includes both USDA’s suite of extramural programs in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), such as the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and formula funds, and USDA’s intramural programs including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Economic Research Service (ERS), and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
“Investments in publicly funded research are critical for maintaining a successful agriculture and food sector. For every $1 invested in publicly funded agricultural and food research, $20 in economic activity is generated. Budgetary decisions made today have far reaching impacts, as the scientific research funded today will be responsible for enhancing the Nation’s agricultural productivity and economic prosperity in the future. A strengthened commitment to investments in science for food and agriculture is essential for maintaining the nation’s food, economic, and national security,” the letter concluded.
A full copy of the letter including a list of the 900 signatories is available here.