Rock Talk Blog

Rock Talk where Executive Director Sally Rockey, Ph.D., loops you in on the latest from FFAR. Dr. Rockey joined FFAR in September 2015 as the Foundation’s inaugural executive director.

Dr. Rockey spent nearly 20 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture before transitioning to the National Institutes of Health, so leading FFAR is a return to her roots. Dr. Rockey’s breadth of research administration experience in human health, food and agriculture inform her perspective on the strong link between agricultural production and nutrition.

Follow along to read Dr. Rockey’s point of view on FFAR’s initiatives and the role she envisions for the Foundation within the food and agriculture research community.

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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 ...
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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  Pivot irrigation systems are one example of irrigation technology at work. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” It is amazing how ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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