Speeches

Controlled Environment Agriculture

On Friday, September 22, 2017, the Association for Vertical Farming kicked off its annual summit in Washington D.C. Each year a rich assortment of companies, city planners, research institutions and governmental bodies gather to exchange their experiences, perspectives and ideas in the field of vertical farming.

The Miracle That Is the Monarch

During a video podcast for "This Is Derks," Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA's Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture, examined the exquisite paradox of the Monarch butterfly.

Smart Systems For 21st Century Food Systems

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy delivered a speech titled "Smart Systems for 21st Century Food Systems" at the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Symposium on Computing Research that was held May 9-10, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

University of Pine Bluff 2016 Commencement Address

Delivered by Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

USDA-REE Leadership Oral Histories

Learn about the rich history of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from NIFA Director, Sonny Ramaswamy. NIFA's unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. NIFA doesn't perform actual research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state and local level and provides program leadership in these areas.

USDA-REE Leadership Oral Histories

History helps us understand the past.

Feeding the World: A Legacy of William Henry Hatch

Gale A. Buchanan dedicated his life to agriculture and agriculture research. On November 14, 2016, he delivered, “Feeding the World: A Legacy of William Henry Hatch.” This William Henry Hatch Memorial Lecture was presented at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Austin, Texas.

Food and Agriculture Data Science

On Oct. 10, 2016, NIFA convened a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government-wide efforts and investments in big data. The summit featured distinguished leaders in the fields of data science and agriculture and engaged a diverse array of stakeholders to identify new opportunities for data science in agriculture. At this summit, NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy announced a new initiative, Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT), designed to develop data-driven solutions for addressing complex problems facing agriculture today. “Data, technology, and approaches that integrate individual and societal considerations are essential to meeting this challenge,” said Dr. Ramaswamy in his welcome address. “To achieve this, NIFA envisions a future for agriculture that is connected, data-driven, personalized, and sustainable.”

Collaboration to Solve Global Challenges

On September 27, 2016, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) hosted a high-level summit of global entomological leaders in Orlando, Florida. This was the inaugural meeting of the Grand Challenges in Entomology Initiative. At this invitation-only Summit, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA's Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture, delivered the keynote address — Collaboration to Solve Global Challenges.

Agriculture’s Role in an Age of Abundance

On July 25, 2016, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, spoke to Chris Adams of the National Press Foundation, to discuss the issue of nutritional security around the world.