President Donald Trump has promised to spend $1 trillion in his first 100 days in office on agricultural programs, but the National Academy of Sciences says it is not spending enough.
The science fiction program, which is modeled on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Agricultural Innovation Grant, will launch in January, the academy said in a statement Tuesday.
“This program is designed to help address the food security challenges facing our nation and the world, including hunger, extreme weather, climate change, and rising sea levels,” the academy’s statement said.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the incoming administration to ensure that the Agriculture Innovation Program continues to help our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and businesses thrive.”
Agriculture is a major sector in the U.A.E. that produces the bulk of its food.
It is a growing industry that is heavily dependent on climate change and other environmental factors, the NSF statement said, adding that the program will be focused on the following areas:Agricultural research and development, agribinomic research and education, agriculity, agroecology, agronomy, agroteralism, agrowethers, agrifood, agropulture, agunology, and aquaculture.
The Agriculture Innovation Fund will not be focused solely on agrochemicals and biofuels, the statement said.
“It will be expanded to include non-food agrochemicals, bioproducts, biotechnology, bioenergy, bioethanol, biofuel, biomedicine, bioregional food systems, and biotechnology.”
AbeSawamura, the president of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the funding will be important, especially in the Midwest.
“The USDA needs to be doing more of what we know works,” he said.
“I think this is a really good step to take to build the capacity to deal with the challenges we’re facing.”
Sawasaki told the newspaper that the USDA will need to be more ambitious in the future, and he hopes the USDA can “find the balance of science and technology.”
The USDA’s $1.3 trillion agricultural research and economic development budget will be reduced by $900 million to $800 million in 2017.
The National Science Board of Review will also shrink from its current level of 11 to 9 members, reducing its membership to 12.
The remaining members will be elected annually.
The USDA will create a new agency for agricultural research, including a division for the study of agricultural technologies, which would help the agency understand the complex relationships among agriculture and climate change.
The new agency will also oversee research and innovation in agricultural biotechnology.