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    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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  • FFAR and APS phytobiome convening event

    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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  • On Earth Day, Celebrating Science that Sustains our Growing World

      Mankind’s closest relationship with Earth has been through agriculture.  Agriculture is the machinery by which our relationship with Earth is operationalized.  And like other machinery, agriculture must run efficiently, use as little fuel as possible, and achieve the tasks that were asked of it, in this case to feed the

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  • Unleashing the Potential of Big Data in Agriculture: Water Use

    The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research recognizes the critical need to more sustainably manage agricultural water use. I am blogging today, on World Water Day,  to help raise awareness about this important issue, share the ways in which we at FFAR plan to help tackle this challenge, and to

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  • Inspiring the Next Generation

    As a child I loved animals and everything biology (except, ironically, insects; who would think I would become an entomologist?!).  This love of science was the foundation for my wonderful career leading extramural research programs at the USDA, NIH and now as Director of FFAR, and I am humbled and

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