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U.S. Rural Infrastructure Investments Crucial to Meeting Global Ag Productivity Demands
Today, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released its 8th Annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (2017 GAP Report®): A World of Productive Sustainable Agriculture. The 2017 report highlights the crucial role U.S. farmers play in meeting the increasing demands for ag products globally.
Ariel Gruswitz, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at States Strategies, had the following comments on the 2017 GAP Report:
“According to this year’s report, U.S. farmers face unknown risks from volatile ag markets, global competition, and extreme and unpredictable weather patterns, and the current pace of global ag productivity is insufficient to meet the demand. Given these challenges, the U.S. needs to step up investments in rural infrastructure and jobs to improve the economic environment our farmers operate in so they can help move the productivity needle faster and farther than the current pace. Increased investment in U.S. rural economies needs to happen now and it needs to be significant.”