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AGree Commissioned Papers and Reports

Five Perspectives on Improving the U.S. Public Research, Education, and Extension System:

This compilation of papers was written by independent authors in response to a call issued by AGree to elicit bold ideas on strengthening the U.S. public sector agricultural research system. 82 pages. June 2013.

1. Reforming “Formula Fund” Distribution of USDA Funding for Research, Extension, and Education. By Steve Ventura.

2. Improving Information Management at USDA to Support Research, Education, and Extension. By Marjorie Porter and Steve Ventura.

3. Stakeholder Engagement to Provide Advice on USDA Supported Research, Extension, and Education. By Steve Ventura.

4. Strengthening the U.S. Agricultural Research, Education, and Extension System: A Reorientation Model to Address 21st Century Challenges. By Meredith Niles, Ferd Hoefner, Ariane Lotti, and Juli Obudzinski.

5. Strengthening the U.S. Agricultural Research System. By Liz Carlisle and Albie Miles.

Recent Demographic Trends in Nonmetropolitan America:

This Executive Summary examines demographic trends in rural America and implications for rural communities and policymakers alike. Overall population growth in rural America slowed precipitously in the last decade, and much of the growth that is occurring is fueled by minorities as the nation becomes increasingly diverse. Policies to address the needs of rural America must take account of both the growing diversity and regional differences in trends — some remote rural places, including traditional agricultural counties, are seeing deaths out number births, while other places are seeing retirement-driven growth or new, more diverse populations. By Kenneth M. Johnson. 7 pages. November 2012.

U.S. Agricultural Development Assistance and Food Aid: Programs and Issues:

This document discusses current U.S. policy on providing financial and/or technical assistance to countries facing economic difficulties or natural disasters, summarizes different perspectives about the current system and suggests areas for change – including suggestions for better coordination of activities under both umbrellas to simultaneously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. response to international hunger and poverty. By Stephanie Mercier. 49 Pages. November 2012

Trends in the U.S. & Abroad Affecting the Food & Ag System:

In the coming decades, agriculture will be critical to solving some of the most pressing global problems while also needing to produce significantly more food. AGree will work to more deeply analyze trends (including increasing global demand for food, poverty, malnutrition, escalating food prices, agricultural productivity and environmental health, and others) as the basis for developing a vision for an improved food and agriculture system and aligning federal policy with this vision. This document provides a snapshot of some of these trends. 15 pages.

Federal Agriculture Spending - Goals, Programs, and Beneficiaries:

This piece provides a comprehensive overview of federal spending related to AGree’s three core goals, and an analysis of the distribution of benefits in order to provide important context and a shared starting point for discussion about the direction of food and ag policy. By Stephanie Mercier. 64 slides. November 2011.

Review of U.S. Farm Programs:

This backgrounder provides a comprehensive review of the history and development U.S. Farm Programs, and details the operational mechanisms of current farm programs and the implications of those programs. By Stephanie Mercier. 57 pages. November 2011.

Farm Program History and Policy Considerations:

An analysis of U.S. agricultural initiatives that distinguishes between existing programs’ intentions and how these programs actually operate. The paper’s goal is to shed light on the need for significant changes in agricultural policy, particularly for issues related to the farm safety net. 30 pages. February 2012.

Review of U.S. Nutrition Assistance Policy: Programs and Issues:

This backgrounder provides a comprehensive overview of the domestic nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and National School Lunch Program, that are now the dominant components of U.S. agriculture policy from a budgetary standpoint. The origins, characteristics, and impacts of the major programs are explained, and current policy issues concerning program funding and operations are highlighted. By Stephanie Mercier. 41 pages. June 2012.