100 Questions That Can Change Agriculture

Many organizations are stating that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth and that agriculture must change to be able to produce enough food for this growing population.


Despite a significant growth in food production over the past half-century, one of the most important challenges facing society today is how to feed an expected population of some nine billion by the middle of the 20th century.

The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture is the result of research and focused conversations about the global issues, agriculture, and being able to meet the food needs of the world.


The aim is to use sound scientific evidence to inform decision making and guide policy makers in the future direction of agricultural research priorities and policy support. If addressed, we anticipate that these questions will have a significant impact on global agricultural practices worldwide, while improving the synergy between agricultural policy, practice and research. This research forms part of the UK Government's Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures project.

How Will Corn and Ethanol Play in 2011?

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

What Is The Future of Pork Industries?

Dr. Roger Campbell, Pork Cooperative Research Center (CRC), share an international perspective on the the future of the pork industries, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Continue to enhance efficiency of production and actively address likelihood of increasing and volatile feed costs; Exploit growing global demand for pork and cost advantages – more exports and better understanding global customer demands; Be aware of growing welfare and environmental concerns – they are likely to affect all countries directly and indirectly.

Are There Concerns On How Farmers Are Perceived?

Perception of Iowa Farmers

While there is a generally positive view of Iowa farmers, there is public concern about the State of Iowa's air and water quality.

"My concern is on pollution," said John Fisher, 82, of Des Moines. "They have to use chemicals to gain their production, but I think they use too many."
Farmers have long enjoyed a mythic place in American culture, but a series of best-sellers and documentaries have blamed the obesity problem on agriculture, and corn in particular, and have portrayed producers as tools of greedy multinational agribusinesses.

These concerns are effecting policy and legislation, both at a state and national level.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said the state should consider limiting how much commercial fertilizer farmers apply to crop fields. His re-election opponent, Republican Terry Branstad, said he would not support the proposal.

CropVillage 0217 - How To Manage Your Organization Through Industry Disruption

mp3CropVillage 0217 Show Notes:
  • The unusual aspect of the most recent economic and corporate calamity is that nearly everyone experienced severe industry disruption. Today's presentation is from Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. This Back To The Classroom series overviews his considerations on changing organizational innovation in the 'new normal' of increased industry turmoil. Listen to this while you're on the road. You'll need time to think about it.

CropVillage update for June 30, 2010, How Sustainable is Our Future in Agriculture?

Below are some recent additions to CropVillage to help you as the crop seasons start to shift into summer activity.

Crop Conversations for Your Operations

CropVillage 0215 - How Sustainable is Our Future in Agriculture?

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