Ag InnovationAEM continues to engage with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on their Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA) initiative, which aims to increase food production by 40% by 2050 while decreasing inputs by 50%. We filed comments in August on Phase 1, suggesting a series of research goals and regulatory reforms USDA could work toward to help develop future agricultural technologies that improve productivity and stewardship.

USDA’s latest request for information focuses on what current technologies could USDA promote to advance the goals of the AIA.

AEM’s comments highlighted the benefits that could be achieved with greater adoption of auto-guidance, section control, variable rate, telematics, precision irrigation, modern milking tools and ISOBUS-enabled equipment.

Sustainability-minded agricultural practices and technologies are expected to continue to grow in importance as consumers and policymakers pay more attention to how food is produced. Showcasing the strides modern agriculture has made on their own accord will be critical to future success.

Our submission follows an October visit by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to AEM member company Almon, Inc., as part of his work to engage the American public on the Ag Innovation Agenda.

If you have any questions about the AIA, contact AEM Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs Nick Tindall at or 202-701-4287.

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