U.S.D.A. to sponsor food security summit

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Global Analysis, will host a one-day summit April 22 called "Global Food Security — Monitoring Earth Resources."

The summit, which is sponsored in partnership with the Department of Defense, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, will aim to educate participants on the critical link that exists between a stable food supply and national security in many countries around the world.

Representatives from the different organizations will discuss many of the Earth observation technologies and other methodologies being used to monitor and assess agricultural resources around the world. In addition, participants will discuss current and future challenges facing the United States’ ongoing ability to track the changing food supply situation.

"By working together as partners, federal agencies of the U.S. government have developed technological and procedural solutions to the many challenges in monitoring the Earth’s resources," said Bob Tetrault, archive manager of the U.S.D.A. F.A.S. Satellite Imagery Archive. "Our existing projects in the Middle East and proposed efforts in Africa will be highlighted at the Summit on Earth Day."

For more information on the summit, visit www.empliant.com/USDAFoodSecuritySeminar.

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