Panelist Paul Schickler, president of Dupont Pioneer, said there are numerous challenges to meet rising world demand for nutritious food.
“We’ve got to do this in a sustainable way.”
Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, predicted that African agriculture will be increasingly incorporated into the world economy. He also said 2.5 billion people are dependent on the evolution of climate change, and urged more large scale investment to help growers deal with climate change.
Plea for immigration reform
Tom KarstAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Feb. 20 spoke about the need for immigration reform at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C.At a press conference following the panel, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said immigration reform “has to happen.”
Agriculture’s workforce instability is jeopardizing the ability for the U.S. to operate at its potential in agriculture.
“Farmers are thinking about moving their operations outside of the United States and there is all the other industries impacted by not having stability (in farm labor)."
Vilsack said immigration reform will also reduce the deficit and grow the economy.
“If it doesn’t somehow happen, then people are going to make decisions based on that uncertainty and they are going to scale back their operations and that will mean less opportunity, exports and less income.”
Vilsack said he is convinced immigration reform will happen this year.