During the last 150 years, scientific innovations have led the way in revolutionizing agriculture, said Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley in a recent commentary article. These innovations include the development of irrigation techniques, farm equipment, fertilization, and plant breeding.
“One of the most revolutionary agricultural innovations has been the development and use of biotechnology to increase crop protection and yield,” Fraley said. “Today, farmers in more than 30 countries around the world are planting seeds containing biotechnology traits. Seeds that utilize new breeding and biotechnology advances have helped these growers increase yields, reduce inputs and dramatically improve their profits. Importantly, this is true for large corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest as well as for small cotton farmers in India farming only a few acres.”
And more advancements are coming.
Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum on Innovation and Agriculture at its offices in Washington D.C. Speakers include USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack; Gregory Page, Chairman and CEO of Cargill; Charles Connor, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Jerry Steiner, Executive Vice President for Sustainability & Corporate Affairs at Monsanto; Margaret Spellings, President of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation; Tom Donahue, President & CEO of the U.S. Chamber; and Darci Vetter, Deputy Under Secretary, Foreign Agriculture Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The forum is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and a livestream accessible from the U.S. Chamber’s web site is planned.
More Scientific Advancements in Agriculture Show Strong Potential to Help Increase Farmers’ Yields, by Dr. Robb Fraley, Monsanto for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Beyond the Rows: Chicago Council Series on Innovation and Technology.
Monsanto.com: Research & Development Pipeline.
Monsanto.com: Why Does Agriculture Need to be Improved?