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Last updated on  May 31st, 2015

Federal Support for Nutrition Research Trends Upward as USDA Share Declines: Click here
Federal investments in nutrition research more than doubled in inflation-adjusted dollars from 1985 to 2009, with more research being funded in the later years through competitive grants to non-Federal researchers than through Federal nutrition laboratories or land-grant universities.

Crop Genetic Resources May Play an Increasing Role in Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change: Click here
As agriculture adapts to climate change, crop genetic resources can be used to develop new plant varieties that are more tolerant of changing environmental conditions. The public sector plays an important role in collecting, conserving and distributing crop genetic resources, because private sector incentives for crucial parts of these activities are limited.

WIC Experienced Largest Decrease in Participation in Program’s History in 2014: Click here
In fiscal 2014, an average 8.3 million people per month participated in USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), 5 percent fewer than the previous year and the fourth consecutive annual decline in participation.

China’s Agricultural Policies Reshape Global Sorghum Trade: Click here
China's agricultural and trade policies in the corn sector are shifting global patterns of sorghum imports.

What Does Exchange Rate Appreciation Mean for Export Competitiveness?: Click here
After a long period of relative weakness, the real and nominal value of the U.S. dollar has recently strengthened relative to many trading partners’ and competitors’ currencies. If this shift persists, the outlook for U.S. agricultural exports and imports may depart from recent trends.

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