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Science & Education Impacts
While the fruits of farming are everyone's business, hardly anyone in the United States is in the business of farming. There is no country whose people are more free from the toil of raising their own food. And there is no food supply in the world that is more abundant, affordable or safe than in the United States
What makes U.S. agriculture the best? The constant pursuit to become better - a pursuit by producers, processors, agribusiness, government and agricultural educators and researchers
In the research and education arena alone, hundreds of endeavors are documented in a searchable database entitled, Agricultural Science & Education Impact, updated annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Among the reports are those dealing with pest management. They reveal a transition in progress ... from a post-World War II reliance on long-acting, nonselective pesticides to an integrated use of multiple pest control methods, including safer, shorter-acting, selective pesticides. As science enables us to better detect the environmental and health effects of pest control practices, agriculture responds to improve its methods.
The present state of agriculture is a state of transition... to make the best better. To facilitate such transition is the goal of the USDA Office of Pest Management Policy and the opportunity of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act.