"Regaining the U.S. Lead in Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education"
Part 1. Setting the Stage: The Current Situation
Part 2. Panel Dialogue: What Needs to Happen?
Tuesday, Jan. 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Nebraska East Union | 37th and Fair St. | UNL East Campus
A conversation with:
♦ Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for research, education and economics
♦ Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
♦ Dr. Philip G. Pardey, professor, University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics, director of the University’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center
♦ Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
♦ Dr. Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska vice president and Harlan vice chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The U.S. long has been the undisputed world leader in agricultural production and innovation. Now alarms are sounding that U.S. investments in agricultural and natural resources research and education have declined over decades, with a corresponding slowdown in U.S. production growth, while U.S. competitors haven’t reduced their spending on agricultural R&D, and their agricultural productivity hasn’t slowed. In December 2012 the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology called for increased public investment in U.S. agricultural research to meet growing challenges.
Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for research, education and economics, and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will outline where the U.S. stands in world leadership in agricultural production and natural resources research and education at a time markets signal the beginning of the end of more than a half-century of global agricultural abundance. They’ll provide a look at the global landscape, as well as challenges for U.S. and world agriculture in the future.
A Panel Dialogue on “What Needs to Happen?” follows their remarks. They’ll be part of the panel discussing what happens in the U.S. and abroad if the U.S. no longer leads agricultural and natural resources research and education. Is it a conscious decision? Is it OK? If not, what is needed? What structural changes and funding investments would make a difference? These questions and more are part of this Heuermann Lecture.
"Our Culture War Over Food and Farming"
Thursday, Feb. 27 | 3:30 p.m. | Hardin Hall, 33rd and Holdrege
Speaker: Dr. Robert Paarlberg
Heuermann Lecturer Robert Paarlberg will discuss how highly specialized and capitalized food and farming systems dominate the U.S. commercial marketplace, but are under attack in the cultural marketplace, and increasingly in the political marketplace as well.
He says a culture war over farming is underway, and the future of both U.S. and developing world agriculture and food systems are at stake.
Noting that opponents to America’s dominant farming systems advocate a return to smaller-scale organic systems integrating crop and livestock production, Paarlberg points out that such systems remain the norm in most of the poorest countries of Africa, as do farming without chemicals and GMOs, and they have not reduced rural poverty or made people well-fed. Income is a dollar a day and one in three people is undernourished. Paarlberg will discuss how moving away from these non-productive systems in poor countries will be more difficult if U.S. farming fails to make a better case for its success.
The Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College, Paarlberg also is an associate of the Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and an adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
He has authored eight books; “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know” is in its second edition. His principal research interests are international agricultural and environmental policy.
A 3 p.m. reception in the Hardin Hall lobby precedes the lecture.
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About the Heuermann Lectures
Heuermann Lectures focus on providing security – and here security means enough to sustain the world – in the areas of food, natural resources, and renewable energy for people, as well as on securing the sustainability of rural communities where the vital work of producing food and renewable energy occurs. Read more about the lectures