ASA Grand Challenge
The Society -- through a process involving its members, staff, and leaders -- identified a “Grand Challenge” statement that encompasses the future of agriculture:
Double global food, feed, fiber, and fuel production on existing farmland within the 21st century with production systems that:
According to ASA President Francis J. Pierce of Washington State University, the top research advances in global food security, sustainable biofuels, nutrition, and climate change, can all point to ASA’s ‘Grand Challenge’ statement as the basis for the future of agriculture.
“We are excited about the advances that are taking place in agriculture,” says Pierce. “Our scientific Society and our members as agronomists have a tremendous role to play in meeting this ‘grand challenge’ of doubling global food, feed, fiber, and fuel production within the 21st century. Our Grand Challenge brings new insight and ideas and renewed focus to the Society.”
A team of ASA members had primary responsibility for formulating the Grand Challenge statement, Key Questions, and Expected Outcomes for the Society. This team included the following ASA members:* Shabtai Bittman, Agriculture & Agri-Food, Canada
To view the six-page booklet containing the ASA Grand Challenge statement, including each of the Key Questions, and Expected Outcomes, please visit the American Society of Agronomy’s Science Policy Grand Challenges page: www.agronomy.org/files/science-policy/asa-grand-challenge-2010.pdf.
“We hope that this exercise will allow cohesive, cross-discipline progress toward meeting the challenge identified by the membership and elected leaders of the Societies,” Pierce concludes.
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) www.agronomy.org, is a scientific society helping its 8,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.
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