Agricultural Production: Expert Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

Search all reports

To search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks (i.e., “Earth and life”)
Showing results 1 - 5 of 15

Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine (2012)

The veterinary medical profession faces several challenges in coming years, including maintaining the economic sustainability of veterinary practice and education, building its scholarly foundation, and evolving to meet changing societal needs, this report finds. In recent years, the dominant focus of the profession has shifted from farm animal health to companion animal care, and concerns are growing that this emphasis is directing resource... More >>

Report in Brief

Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy (2011)

Report in Brief >>Biofuels offer an alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Interest in biofuels stems from their potential to improve U.S. energy security because they are produced from renewable domestic sources and from their potential to provide life-cycle greenhouse-gas benefits compared to fossil fuels. The Renewable Fuel Standard, which is a subtitle of the Energy Independence and Security Act enacted by Congress in 2007, mandates that 3... More >>

Report in Brief

An Evaluation of the Food Safety Requirements of the Federal Purchase Ground Beef Program (2010)

To ensure the safety of food distributed through the National School Lunch Program, food banks, and other federal food and nutrition programs, the United States Department of Agriculture has established food safety and quality requirements for the ground beef it purchases. This National Research Council report reviews the scientific basis of the Department’s ground beef safety standards, evaluates how the standards compare to those used by larg... More >>

Report in Brief

Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening (2010)

Among the many citrus diseases to have invaded Florida, citrus greening disease presents the greatest threat to Florida's $9.3 billion citrus industry. Citrus greening, also known as huanglongbing or HLB, reduces yield and compromises the flavor, color, and size of citrus fruit before eventually killing the citrus tree. Caused by an insect-spread bacterial infection, citrus greening infects every type of citrus and is now present in all 3... More >>

Report in Brief

Review of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plan Health Inspection Service Response to Petitions to Reclassify the Light Brown Apple Moth as a Non-Actionable Pest: A Letter Report (2009)

The light brown apple moth, a native of Australia discovered in California in 2006, is a moth that eats many kinds of plants. In 2007 in a pre-emptive effort against potential damage the moth might cause, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) classified the moth as an "actionable quarantine-significant pest" and implemented a program of quarantine restrictions and eradication. However, severa... More >>