Public Board Meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: New Technologies for Agriculture Production and Research

Meet The Board | Agenda |National Academy of Sciences Building Washington, DC
 December, 6, 2016 

The Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) is the major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and the use of land, water, and other natural resources.

A variety of problems and causes drive work on the issues in these fields. Often conflicts arise between growing demands for food and resources and the impacts of developing and producing those resources on the natural ecosystem. The need to sustain, restore and improve the productivity of agriculture for the economic well-being of the nation can also generate vital questions.

The Board maintains a critical overview of the several fields under its purview so that it is aware of relevant work relating to public policy formulation, research frontiers, technological developments, human resource needs, economic and social trends.  The Board is also responsible for planning new studies, conducting oversight on projects carried out by its subsidiary committees, and making an annual appraisal of emerging issues related to food, fiber, fuel and the natural resource base supporting their production.


Complete Biographies of Board Members

Charles W. Rice, Chair
Kansas State University, Manhattan

Harold L. Bergman
University of Wyoming, Laramie

Susan Capalbo
Oregon State University, Corvallis

Gail Czarnecki-Maulden
Nestle Purina PetCare, St. Louis, Missouri

Richard A. Dixon
University of North Texas, Denton

Gebisa Ejeta
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Robert B. Goldberg
University of California, Los Angeles

Fred Gould
North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Gene Hugoson
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

James W. Jones
University of Florida, Gainesville

Stephen S. Kelley
North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Jim E. Riviere
Kansas State University, Manhattan


1:00 p.m. Welcome
– Chuck Rice, BANR Chairman

Session I High-Tech Innovations for Agriculture

1:10 p.m. A Vision of New Science and Technology Applications for Agriculture
– John Hamer, Investment Director, Monsanto Growth Ventures

2:00 p.m. Presentations

Robotics Tools for Agriculture

High Performance Lighting for Plant and Animal Production
– Wouter Souer, LumiLEDS (via webex)

Artificial Intelligence in Animal Production
– Vitaliy Goncharuk, Augmented Pixels (proposed)

3:20 p.m. Break

Session 2 Research Tools for Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change

3:40 p.m. Presentations

Remote Sensing of Ground Water
– Jay Famiglietti, Professor of Earth Science, University of California, Irvine and Chief Water Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Sensing Capabilities for Soil: A physical scientist’s perspective
– Supratik Guha (Director, Center for Nanoscale Materials and Nanoscience and Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory, and Professor, Institute of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago)

Artificial Intelligence to Model Soil Dynamics

4:50 p.m. Final Comments
– Chuck Rice, BANR Chairman

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

The NASEM currently has 5 studies in Progress

Board Meeting
1:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET
December 6, 2016
See on google mapsLocation: National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418

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