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  • The Time is RIPE for Agricultural Innovation

    By Sally Rockey, FFAR Executive Director Greetings from Champaign, Illinois! By now you’ve heard about the groundbreaking RIPE project and its quest to improve photosynthetic efficiency in plants. I had the pleasure of joining co-funders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.K. Department of International Development along with agricultural

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  • Offshore pens for Atlantic salmon at Cooke Aquaculture.

    A Look at Maine Aquaculture

    By Tim Kurt, FFAR Scientific Program Director Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Maine and take part in a tour of aquaculture research, production and processing facilities. The tour was hosted by Sebastian Belle of the Maine Aquaculture Association and included several members of the Gulf Seafood Institute, including

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  • Field being watered with pivot irrigation system.

    Getting Smarter During Smart Irrigation Month

    Guest Co-Author: Deborah M. Hamlin, CEO, Irrigation Association  Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” It is amazing how this statement from the 15th century holds even truer today. As we celebrate July as Smart Irrigation Month, it is important to reflect on agricultural water

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  • Sen. Pat Roberts speaking

    FFAR Open House Reception

    Last week, FFAR staff welcomed visitors to our first open house reception. We’d like to thank Kansas Senator Pat Roberts for his opening remarks and continued support for agricultural sciences. The slideshow below recaps memorable moments from the evening.

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  • Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms: New Cover Crop Initiative

    Today, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation announced a $6.6 million initiative to improve soil health through development and adoption of cover crops across the United States. Together, we will: Enhance the health and future productivity of U.S. soils Spur development and commercialization

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  • First FFAR Grantees: Meet the 2016 New Innovators

    Today I am honored to announce the first scientists to receive Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research grants. Our New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award program sought talented individuals working toward innovation in their respective fields and working in FFAR research topic areas. Applicants were selected on scientific merit,

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  • FFAR at the Borlaug Dialogue: Celebrating the New NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

    Greetings from Des Moines, Iowa! By now you’ve heard a lot from me about the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences Established by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…but our excitement about this new award knows no bounds!

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  • Next Great Frontier in Plant Breeding: Phenomics

    As the first half of 2016 has proved to be the hottest ever recorded, Earth is on track to have yet another record-breaking year. (Where FFAR is located in DC, we broke the record for the number of 90+ degree days by a whopping 14 days – fifty-seven 90+ days

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  • Phytobiome: Emerging Potential

    A reflection on FFAR’s Phytobiome Convening Event Incredible challenges face the agricultural enterprise today: water scarcity, the need to reduce environmental impacts, a changing climate influencing plant productivity. The list goes on and on. As a result, our community must think creatively about how we do more, faster, with less. We have

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  • Honoring & Inspiring Future Breakthroughs: New Prize

    It is with great pride that I announce the new National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.  With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research established this prize to recognize the extraordinary research accomplishments of mid-career food and agricultural

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