America Grows Act Would Reassert U.S. Leadership in Agricultural Research
Oklahoma Farm Report
27 Apr 2021
Farm Journal Foundation strongly supports the America Grows Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill introduced today that would significantly increase U.S. public investment in agricultural research and development.
The bill, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), would increase funding for agricultural research by 5% annually on an inflation-adjusted basis at four agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the next 10 years. The bill is modeled after the successful 21st Century Cures Act, which passed in 2016 and spurred additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
More support for agricultural research is badly needed - U.S. public funding has declined in real dollars since 2003, while investments in other forms of domestic research have risen dramatically. The U.S. has fallen behind major competitors China and Brazil in agricultural research funding, but the America Grows Act would help reverse this trend and reassert American leadership on the global stage.
“The introduction of the America Grows Act could not have come at a better time,” said Tricia Beal, CEO of Farm Journal Foundation...