The last of five analyses on key factors that will affect future growth in U.S. ag has been released by USDA. "Strengthening the Foundation for Future Growth in U.S. Ag" discusses international trade issues, research and development, protection from pests and diseases and challenges in preparing the next generation of farmers.

"This paper looks at the evolution of the ag marketplace and the strategies that farmers have used to meet emerging challenges," USDA Secretary Mike Johanns says. "As we discuss a new farm bill, we must consider how best to support future growth in ag. This analysis highlights opportunities to do so by improving our global competitiveness, making research and ag-protection programs more effective and facilitating the transition of farms to the farmers of tomorrow."

You can read all five papers at www.usda.gov/farmbill.
-- Joe Roybal