Ag News: Food System Resilient and USDA-NASA Partnership
**As the food system continues adjusting to changes caused by the pandemic, marketers say the system has proven resilient so far.
Supply chains have had to adapt as restaurants and other food-service facilities have been restricted or closed.
The changes have tested food supplies and forced farmers and marketers to reconfigure some operations. People involved in the food system have remained flexible to try to match demand and supplies.
**The USDA and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their longstanding partnership on space-based assets benefitting life on Earth.
The agreement brings together NASA’s experience with technology development and space-borne Earth science measurements AND USDA’s scientific experience and knowledge of ag production, resource conservation, and food security and safety.
USDA and NASA will explore research gaps of importance to the ag community.
**American Blueberry growers have established the American Blueberry Growers Alliance, a new coalition seeking relief from rising imports harming their businesses.
According to morningagclips.com, the Alliance will provide information and support to an International Trade Commission investigation into the serious harm caused by imports of fresh, chilled and frozen blueberries under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974.
Blueberry imports rose by more than 60% between 2015 and 2019.
The Alliance warns the imports also expose American consumers to foreign products with poor food safety protocols.