This report is a congressionally mandated review of the US Department of Agriculture s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, the main engine of publicly funded agricultural research in the United States. A changing social and scientific context of agriculture requires a new vision of agricultural research -- one that will support agriculture as a positive economic, social, and environmental force. REE is uniquely positioned to advance new research frontiers in environment, public health, and rural communities. The report recommends that REE be more anticipatory and strategic in its use of limited resources and guide and champion new directions in research.
"For nutrition educators, Frontiers in Agricultural Research will be most useful to those who conduct USDA-funded research on food, agriculture, the environment, or communities or for those involved in nutrition education related to a USDA food program such as Food Stamps. Reading this book will help such nutrition educators better understand how their work fits into the national vision, how the USDA is structured, how research is funded and prioritized, and the overall importance of viewing food and agriculture, the environment, and communities as one dynamic system."
-- Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, September/October 2003
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The Committee on Opportunities in Agriculture dedicates this report to Dr. Franklin Loew, President of Becker College and chair of this committee from July 2000 to March 2002. Dr. Loew passed away on April 22, 2003. The committee recognizes his noteworthy contributions to science and greatly appreciated his leadership, openness, honesty, insights and especially his wit. He will be missed.