NCFAR serves as a unified voice supporting federal investment in the USDA Research, Education, and Economics (REE) enterprise because this USDA mission area underlies the tools necessary to build resiliency for humanity’s most basic needs, particularly relating to climate change and nutrition security for all Americans.
Our agriculture and food system faces multiple threats to America’s social and economic future. From multi-year droughts, heat and forest fires to hurricanes and flooding, our farmers, ranchers, and foresters need innovative and powerful tools to weather the storms that are now arriving with greater force and frequency.
Through robust public investment we can build resilience in the face of today’s climate change and nutrition security challenges. The connections between agriculture, food, and nutrition are inescapable and define mission readiness for all Americans in their daily lives. Investments in research infrastructure are a generational down payment to secure our future and will help fill critical gaps in research, education, economics, and Extension for the entire food system.