The Role of R&D in Agriculture and Related Industries: Today and Tomorrow
On September 24, 2007, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago held a conference on the role of research and development in agriculture, biotechnology and the food industry. It focused on policies that promote industry growth and rural development. This conference brought together those interested in research and development (R&D) issues facing agriculture and related sectors of industry, particularly biofuels and food manufacturing. The goals of the conference were to examine R&D from a midwestern perspective, explore the implications of R&D for industry growth and discuss the influence of government R&D policies on industries and rural development. Orion Samuelson, agribusiness director at WGN Radio Chicago since 1960, presented the keynote luncheon speech.