In fiscal years 2004 and 2005, 70 percent of the scientific exchange teams under the Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with the People's Republic of China (SCEP) addressed critical agricultural market and trade-related concerns of both countries.
Teams addressed food safety, the development and application of biotechnology, product development, and sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
Priorities of other exchange teams included environmental and food security problems.
The 22 scientific exchanges of mutual importance selected for 2006 include food safety, animal disease eradication and control, and agricultural policy.
Projects under the worldwide Scientific Cooperation Research Program collaborate with a diverse group of U.S.
institutions building long-lasting international research partnerships that remove technical trade barriers to agricultural, forest, and fish products.
Trade-related research projects include the safe and appropriate use of biotechnology, and address the sanitary and phytosanitary issues of food safety and animal and plant health such as avian influenza, foot and mouth disease, and soybean rust.
They also develop new and improved agricultural products such as biofuels and more nutritious foods.
and other products using biotechnology.
Researchers are introducing into legumes drought tolerance traits to help reduce aflatoxin contamination, aid in water management and reduce irrigation costs.
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.