As we celebrate our accomplishments in 2015, we also look forward. Agriculture faces new challenges deriving from a growing world population, a changing climate, and diminishing natural resources.
Agriculture can meet our needs for food and fiber, clean water and air, functional landscapes, and good health. We must create agricultural systems that can adapt to climate variability, growing populations, market disruptions, and geopolitical instability. These systems must embody good stewardship of natural resources and be economically viable. To be truly resilient, these agricultural systems also must be understood and accepted by the public.
With all of this in mind, we have established four strategic priorities for our organization in the next five years:
- Achieve resilience in food, fiber, and ecological systems through adaptive strategies.
- Detect, monitor, and mitigate insect vector–borne diseases and invasive species.
- Enhance agricultural information systems and expand their use through innovative applications.
- Integrate basic and applied research at the nexus of food and health.
We have set specific goals and milestones within each priority. In addition, we have done a thorough risk assessment to understand and mitigate factors that could prevent us from reaching our goals.
Please feel free to read more about our detailed goals by downloading our Strategic Priorities, FY16–20.