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Jahn Joins International Ag & Climate Commission
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/16/2011

A former dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of 13 people from around the world to join a newly created commission on sustainable agriculture and climate change. Molly Jahn, who still works on the campus as a professor and administrator, has been selected to serve on the panel where she will help evaluate existing research to identify ways to develop stable, secure and sustainable global food systems in the context of a changing climate.

Over the coming year, the commission will work to develop science-based international policy recommendations that aim to help global agriculture adapt to climate change, improve food security, and reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Agriculture is a dominant human terrestrial land use having an enormous influence, not only on the human condition, but also on our planetary condition," Jahn says. "The most important thing about the word 'sustainable' is we're talking about long-term commitments, long-term success."

Jahn served as the head of CALS from 2006 until 2010, but took part of that time off to serve as deputy and acting undersecretary of research, education and economics for the USDA.

The commission will consider a range of strategies that have worked in the United States and around the world, she says, especially focusing on producer-driven strategies.

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