The Need for Increased Public Investments in Agricultural Research

Monday, February 27, 2023

The briefing will explore how public funding for agricultural R&D funding has the potential to drive sustainable productivity growth, lower food prices, strengthen U.S. global competitiveness, and improve farmer and rancher resilience. The upcoming 2023 Farm Bill marks an important legislative opportunity to bolster investments in the U.S.’s agricultural research programs and agencies. The panel will showcase perspectives from leading researchers, farmers, and agricultural research advocates who will speak to the critical importance of USDA research programs and offer recommendations to help support the resiliency of farmers and ranchers across the nation.


  • Dr. Jayson Lusk, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department, Purdue University
  • Dr. Betsey Boughton, Program Director of Agroecology and Associate Research Biologist, Archbold Biological Station
  • Lindsay Klaunig, Owner and Manager, Trouvaille Farm

With Remarks By:

  • Congressman Jimmy Panetta, 19th District of California
  • Congressman Jim Baird, 4th District of Indiana

Moderated By:

  • Emily Bass, Assistant Federal Policy Manager, Food and Agriculture, Breakthrough Institute


For more information on the panelists and policy opportunities to bolster ag R&D click here.