FFAR's Board of Directors includes 20 voting members, and five ex-officio members designated by Congress. FFAR’s non-voting ex officio members are the stewards of the Foundation's close partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specifically, these members provide insight into the federal research enterprise and ensure that FFAR’s work complements USDA and NSF research.
Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman chairs the FFAR board, which also includes current Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The voting members on FFAR’s inaugural board were selected from lists of nominees provided by industry and the National Academy of Sciences.