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Public investment in agricultural research has declined in the past three years, leading current and former USDA officials to question the role of the U.S. in meeting growing world food demands.

America’s role in global agricultural production was discussed Tuesday night in Lincoln, Neb. at the Heuermann Lecture, “Regaining the U.S. Lead in Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education.”

Catherine Woteki, USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics, and Dan Glickman, former U.S. secretary of agriculture presented information on the issue prior to a panel discussion.

Concerns were raised over the falling investments in U.S. agriculture and resulting effects on food production. Glickman spoke to the changing demographics globally, including rising incomes in developing countries which will drive an increased demand for meat and other foods.

The rising population necessitates increased research and development as U.S. farmers and ranchers are limited in land and other resources.