MFAI Suggests Diversification as Key Topic for USDA Research
August 13, 2020
When USDA sought public comments on what course their research direction should take for the next few decades, MFAI’s Research Director, Nicole Tautges, and Policy Director, Margaret Krome, had some suggestions. In late July, Tautges and Krome submitted comments to USDA, based on the Institute’s more than thirty five-year history of conducting research and working closely with farmers.
“It is clear that supporting increased agricultural diversification should be a top USDA priority,” they wrote, explaining that diverse systems build soil health and resilience and help buffer against volatile markets. Among other recommendations, the letter calls for investing in interdisciplinary work and for longer grants that allow researchers to study impacts the entire cycle of crop rotations.