Leaning into the Future of Ag?
Last week, Landus Cooperative announced Matt Carstens will take the helm as CEO March 9th. In his introduction video, he talked about three focus areas for the cooperative.
1) making the farmer-member and customer the center of all we do
2) empowered employees
3) leaning into the future of agriculture
Recently, the USDA announced their agenda for agricultural innovation and “leaning in the future of agriculture” at the national level.
In a release, Sec. Perdue stated the department-wide initiative will align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050.
“We know we have a challenge facing us: to meet future food, fiber, fuel, and feed demands with finite resources. USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda is our opportunity define American agriculture’s role to feed everyone and do right as a key player in the solution to this challenge,” said Secretary Perdue. “This agenda is a strategic, department-wide effort to better align USDA’s resources, programs, and research to provide farmers with the tools they need to be successful. We are also continually mindful of the need for America’s agriculture industry to be environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable to maintain our position as a leader in the global effort to meet demand. We are committed as ever to the environmental sustainability and continued success, of America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers.”