An agreement between NASA and the US Department of Agriculture (UDSA) could help transform agriculture
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NASA said the agreement brought together NASA’s space experience with USDA’s scientific knowledge of agricultural production, resource conservation, food security and safety and forests and working lands.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the partnership could transform farming and bolster agricultural production ‘in ways we cannot even imagine today’.
“Microgravity research can unlock secrets in a wide variety of fields, and I am particularly excited about our agency’s potential impact on next-generation agricultural techniques,” he said.
The agreement will also leverage USDA’s connections with the agricultural community and the global marketplace.
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said: “As we have seen over the past 100 years, increasing innovation in agriculture is limitless.
“This partnership between USDA and NASA will bring together the best research, science, and technology we have to offer to help produce more food to feed the growing world. We are continuing an already great collaborative effort to utilize space-based technologies across sectors and into agriculture.”
NASA and the USDA were also looking to collaborate to inspire youth in America to pursue careers in STEM and agriculture.
American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall welcomed the agreement.
He said: “Today, technology plays an ever-larger role in growing the food we eat, and this partnership between USDA and NASA will no doubt help to advance the goal we all share of feeding the world.
“Many people do not realize how applicable NASA’s technology is to agriculture and I applaud this commitment to breaking down walls and advancing innovation in agriculture.
“We look forward to working with both the USDA and NASA to inspire the next generation of agriculturalists.”