Speeches

Plant Health: A Priority for National and Global Food Security

"Plant Health: A Priority for National and Global Food Security” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on March 9, 2016 at the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) 4th National Meetings.

Perfect Storm to Nutritional Security: It’s the Message, Stupid

“Perfect Storm to Nutritional Security: It’s the Message, Stupid” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on May 21, 2016 at the Waterfront Center for the NIFA staff. In his talk, Dr. Ramaswamy discusses the issues surrounding ensuring nutritional security, and the many challenges of communicating issues to the general public.

Societal Challenges & Nutritional Security

“Societal Challenges & Nutritional Security” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on March 30, 2016 at the University of Florida. This talk addresses the challenges of achieving a nutritionally secure society, identifies a path forward, and describes the role of 21st century agriculture on this path.

McFadden Redux: 21st Century Challenges and Breeding

“McFadden Redux: 21st Century Challenges and Breeding” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on April 18, 2016 at the Edgar McFadden Symposium in San Antonio, Tx. The symposium was organized by Texas A&M University and South Dakota State University for the wheat research community. In his talk, Dr. Ramaswamy described the utility of research that uses holistic, “systems approaches” at the cellular, organismal, and ecological community level in order to provide the world adequate nutrition despite diminishing land and water resources and a changing climate.

Entomological Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Sonny Ramaswamy

Sonny Ramaswamy speech, “Synergy of science and communications to sustainably solve the nine billion problem," at the Entomological Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Nov. 16, 2015

Keynote: Smarter Farming with Smart Systems -- Drones and More

"Smarter Farming with Smart Systems -- Drones and More" was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director, on March 4 at the 2016 Raspberry & Blackberry Conference. This conference was held by the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.

Keynote: Population, Public Health, Pulses, and Partnerships

On Nov. 19, 2015, the New York Academy of Science's Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science and Bush Brothers and Company sponsored a full-day conference on pulses, titled Little Beans, Big Opportunities: Realizing the Potential of Pulses to Meet Today's Global Health Challenges. The event celebrated the United Nations' declaration of 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, a measure intended to highlight the potential of dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas to improve both human health and the sustainability of global agriculture.

Critical Zones: Food and Agriculture Perspectives

Critical Zones Food and Agriculture Perspectives

Big Data and the Future of Agriculture

Open Data is a powerful, evidence-­‐based tool for long-­term sustainable development by improving economic opportunities for farmers and health of consumers.

Tomorrow's Food, Tomorrow's Farmers

NIFA Director Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy spoke on April 23, 2015, at the Feeding the Planet Summit hosted by Planet Forward in Washington, DC. He discussed the role of policy for food producers in the future of food and agriculture.