Davis Advocates for Ag Research at Subcommittee Hearing
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, today held a hearing to highlight the importance of agricultural research in the next farm bill. Members heard from several witnesses including Dr. James Carrington, President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center near St. Louis.
“The public-private partnership in agricultural research has allowed American agriculture to flourish over the last century – supplying our nation with a stable, abundant, and affordable food supply while contributing to America's competitiveness in the global marketplace,” said Davis. “The Danforth Center is a great example of this. Last year, I had the opportunity to visit their facilities in St. Louis and see the work Dr. Carrington and his colleagues are doing to ensure a successful future for our nation’s agriculture industry. As we look to the future and begin our work on the next farm bill, it is vital that we invest in public agricultural research so facilities like Danforth and universities in my district, like Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, University of Illinois, and Illinois State University, can continue this important work.”
“Among the most important Grand Challenges of the 21st century is to provide food security to a growing, changing world while, at the same time, preserving our vital natural resources and maintaining a healthy environment for this and future generations,” said Carrington. “I and my colleagues at the Danforth Center and across the nation strongly believe we can meet this challenge by attracting the best minds to the problem, by continuing and growing federal investments in research, and by delivering innovations to the marketplace through the private sector.”
Written testimony and video of the hearing can be found here.