December 21, 2020


AFBF welcomes USDA-NASA agreement



The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has welcomed a new agreement between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and space agency NASA to strengthen their partnership.


 The goal is to more closely align NASA's experience with technology development and USDA's scientific experience and knowledge of agricultural production.


The memorandum will help both agencies explore research gaps of importance to the agricultural community. Another focus will be education to inspire youth in America to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, (STEM) and agriculture.


"Today, technology plays an ever-larger role in growing the food we eat, and this partnership between USDA and NASA will no doubt help to advance the goal we all share of feeding the world," said AFBF president Zippy Duval.


"Many people don't realise how applicable NASA's technology is to agriculture and I applaud this commitment to breaking down walls and advancing innovation in agriculture. We look forward to working with both the USDA and NASA to inspire the next generation of agriculturalists."