Report: Ag Policies Should Look Beyond Cost of Production

US Approach to Farming Should Change to Meet New Challenges, Expanding Needs, Report Says (From Science Daily)

SUMMARY: U.S. farmers are under pressure to produce more, pollute less, fulfill consumer preferences, and make a living -- all with increasingly scarce natural resources and the uncertain effects of climate change, says a new report from the National Research Council. To help U.S. agriculture evolve to meet these demands, the report concludes, national agricultural policies and research programs should look beyond focusing only on low costs and high production and adopt a holistic perspective to farming that encompasses multiple end goals.

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