Defining Ag Research Priorities
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Dec 16, 2013 04:29 PM CST

CHICAGO (DTN) -- Some of agriculture's most "wicked problems" revolve around trying to cope with the challenges of the world's increasing population, USDA's chief scientist told seed scientists last week in Chicago.

Sonny Ramaswamy, administrator for USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, told members of the American Seed Trade Association he is setting the table for a hotter, flatter, more crowded Earth. Science must consider the premise of 9 billion people living with diminishing water resources, changing climate and health difficulties stemming from older demographics.

"The reason I use wicked problems is because we might have the most fantastic ...

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