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Interview: Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service, and Mojdeh Bahar, Assistant Administrator for Technology Transfer

Interview / R&D / Technology

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young has served as administrator of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency, since February 2014. Previously, Jacobs-Young had served as ARS Associate Administrator for National Programs, where she led the Office of National Programs, which manages the research objectives of the agency, and the Office of International Research Programs, which is responsible for ARS’ liaison with its international partners. Prior to moving into her ... read more

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Creditworthy: The Federal Farm Loan Act and a Century of Support for American Farmers

Business / Community / Policy

Whenever farming is the business at hand, I’m reminded of when I was in Las Vegas some years back. I was there to address the annual Farm Bureau meeting. And on my way into the hall, a fellow, one of the regular visitors in Las Vegas, asked me what was a bunch of farmers doing in a place like Las Vegas? And I couldn’t resist. I said, “Buster, they’re in a business that makes a ... read more

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Food Science Meets Food Politics: A History of USDA’s Nutritional Guidelines

Community / Education / Policy

If your profession has anything to do with food and nutrition, it might surprise you to learn there was a time when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued nutritional guidance to the public – and it wasn’t controversial at all. The first federal funding for nutrition research was appropriated in 1894, when Congress gave USDA $10,000 for food investigations. There weren’t many nutrition studies being done at the time, and most of them were ... read more