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Inside View: Aspirations for Agriculture

Did you know that about 25,000 people die every day because they're hungry?

By 2050, that problem will be more acute. We'll need 100 percent more food, and the land available for farming isn't increasing. 

As we saw with the corn crop this year, food crops need water to grow. (Gee whiz fact: given the produce and grain it ships to other countries, the U.S. is a net exporter of water.)

Fixed land. Decreasing water. Where will the solution come from? Technology, said Elanco's Bill Weldon, will bring 70 percent of the solution.

Lined up to be a part of that solution were 350 attendees  at the Oct. 10 Ag Biotech Symposium at NC State's McKimmon Center. They were scientists, policy makers, educators and farmers - some of the best minds in North Carolina.

It's a tall challenge, one that was not unfamiliar to me. The good thing for us is that this crowd left energized to meet that challenge.

Want to help? Take a look at the presentations, and leave your thoughts below.


Thank you for posting this! It was one of the best conferences I've ever attended.

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