This report addresses US agribusiness' strategic role as an instrument of national power and the way agribusiness supports national security and other national priorities. It begins with an analysis of the key elements of the US agribusiness industry. The report then defines the industry and its current condition through an analysis of the challenges, the long-term outlook, and the role of government. Next, the report presents conclusions related to five principal areas: optimizing food safety, enhancing food security, feeding a growing world population, maximizing international agricultural trade, and protecting the environment. Finally, it concludes with recommendations for enhancing the industry's current domestic and international agricultural strengths. This report reflects issues and concerns examined throughout the semester--in classroom studies, individual research, interviews with government officials/industry representatives, domestic field visits, and international visits to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.
ICAF Industry Studies 1998