Submitted to: Food Animal Integrated Research (FAIR) Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/25/2001
Publication Date: 10/25/2001
Citation: MACNEIL, M.D., FRAHM, R.R., FLORA, L.F., MIRANDO, M. INTEGRATED RESEARCH TO STRENGTHEN GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICAN ANIMAL AGRICULTURE. FOOD ANIMAL INTEGRATED RESEARCH (FAIR) PROCEEDINGS. 2001. HANDOUT. Interpretive Summary: The United States Department of Agriculture, through its programs administered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) is responsive to priority needs for research identified in FAIR 2002. Research by each agency conducted both independently and collaboratively enhances production efficiency and economic strategies at the farm and ranch level. New strategies, developed by ARS and CSREES funded scientists, to match characteristics of products from animal agriculture with demands from the international marketplace position producers and processors of animal products for global success. Development of new products or new technologies to enhance quality of existing products lead to innovative animal products for specialized markets and boost local economies. By transferring knowledge gained from research, devising strategies for matching characteristics of animal products with consumer demands, and developing new and innovative products ARS and CSREES funded scientists provide raw materials for producers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to shape the future of U.S. agriculture.
Technical Abstract: The objective of this review is to highlight some of the United States Department of Agriculture's current implementation of the Food Animal Integrated Research 2002 Goal 1: Strengthen Global Competitiveness. Numerous example outcomes achieved by USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service are provided to highlight pertinent research. Research to improve production efficiency and develop high-quality products form the basis for profitability of American farms and ranches and ensure global competitiveness of the U.S. animal agricultural industry. Market and policy research positions producers and processors of animal products for success in the world marketplace. New and innovative animal products for specialized markets are being developed to boost local economies. Helping producers, policymakers, and other stakeholders decide what animal agriculture will look like in the future is yet another component of USDA sponsored integrated research to strengthen global competitiveness of American animal agriculture.