Published by The Hill on December 1, 2016. Reposted with Permission.
Reflections on Driving Positive Change in Food and Agriculture: The Second Annual AGree Partners Forum
Earlier this month, AGree Advisors, Co-Chairs, partners, and friends spent a day laying out integrated, forward-looking strategies to drive positive change in the food and agriculture system. The Second Annual AGree Partners Forum brought together leaders who understand the critical role food and agriculture plays in our economy, environment, and health and wellbeing.
The public conversation around prioritizing and re-invigorating U.S. agricultural research investments recently took some promising strides forward.
Reflections on AGree’s Pivot to Action and the Value of Building Consensus among Diverse Food and Ag Interests
Last week marked an important milestone for AGree.
Public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society was the simple idea that led to the establishment of National Ag Day in 1973. This year, in addition to events held around the country, a statue of legendary plant breeder Dr. Norman Borlaug was unveiled in a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, Dr. Borlaug warned that the struggle against hunger had not been won. “We may be at high tide now, but ebb tide could soon set in if we become complacent and relax our efforts,” he said.
After months of negotiation and intense debate, on June 27 the U.S. Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, with a healthy push from AGree.
Of the approximately two million agricultural workers in the United States, it is estimated that at least half are undocumented immigrants. Specifically relevant to agriculture, S. 744 creates a blue card for existing agricultural immigrants, and would also create an agricultural guest worker program to address the future flow of workers.
After months of negotiation and intense debate for weeks in the Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Senate is expected to begin consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, the week of June 10.
AGree Releases Five Papers on Achieving Productivity, Profitability, and Environmental Outcomes in Agriculture
Meeting the food, feed, fuel, and fiber needs of a growing and increasingly prosperous world, and doing so in a manner that also maintains and improves environmental quality, is one of the grand challenges facing humankind in the 21st century. Drawing on diverse expertise among landowners and producers, supply chain leaders, and nonprofit organizations, AGree’s Productivity, Profitability, and Environmental Outcomes Workgroup is developing a set of consensus strategies and recommendations for policy and action that will drive transformative change in U.S.