Export Powerhouse Pt 1

Export Powerhouse Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson. It’s no secret in U.S. agriculture how valuable trade is to multiple sectors.

Daniel Whitley, administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, who spoke during the 2024 NAFB Washington Watch, says U.S. agriculture is the absolute best …

WHITLEY … “The American ag sector is an export powerhouse. We punch well above our weight, and without export markets, we don't survive. For a population of roughly 380 million people, we grow enough calories roughly on an annualized basis to feed a billion people.”

So, Whitley says we grow a lot of food and agricultural products, and we feed a lot of people around the world …

WHITLEY … “That's important to the economics of American agriculture, that's important to the environmental and sustainability components of American agriculture, and it's also important for our social responsibility to the rest of the world.”

With more people to feed as the world’s population grows, science-based standards for agriculture have never been more important …

WHITLEY … “It's no secret that the world has got to figure out how to feed 10 billion people by the year 2050.

It won't happen without American agriculture. It won't happen, and it won't happen without a global adoption and acceptance of science, technology, and innovation.”

Tune in tomorrow to hear more from Whitley and why maintaining our dominance in agriculture is so important.

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