Long-Range Planning Can Improve the Efficiency of Agricultural Research and Development.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Increasing demands for food and fiber combined with increasing pressures on agricultural inputs-water, land, and energy--make it all the more important that national long-range planning be undertaken for agricultural research and development. Currently, such planning is not being conducted. Proposed legislation would require the Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the States, to make a food needs assessment as the first step in developing a national long-range plan. They would then be able to determine the research required to meet identified food and agricultural needs. In addition, GAO recommends that the Department prepare a long-range plan for the agricultural research it funds and directs. Author
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