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Food & Agriculture Thought Leaders Share Their Insights

Insights provide an opportunity to share important views, perspectives, research and opinions about current food and agriculture topics.

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FFAR Releases
2022 Impact Report

Leveraging Bold Science: Reviewing FFAR’s impacts and breakthroughs from 2022 and beyond.

    FFAR is refreshing our research strategy. Read more

    Our Research Focuses on Critical Challenge Areas

    Our bold research in each Challenge Area addresses complex agriculture issues and challenges that farmers face today.

    Our Impact

    We invest in research that produces actionable results, which benefit farmers, consumers and the environment. Our research results are publicly available.

    • 360 grants awarded
    • 1:1.4 ratio of FFAR funding to matching funds
    • 550+ funding partners

    Results That Go FFAR

    Scientific breakthroughs help us understand and develop solutions for big food and agriculture challenges.

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    Documenting Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing’s Benefits

    Breakthrough for Quantifying the Advantages of Multi-Paddock (AMP) Grazing Compared to Conventional Continuous Grazing in the U.S. Southeast & Northern Great Plains

    Research Pinpoints Why Dairy Cows Produce Less Milk in Warm Weather and Develops Nutrition-Based Solution

    Breakthrough for FFAR Grant Helps Heat-Stressed Dairy Cows Weather Increasing Temperatures

    A new Cornell-led study funded by a Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) Seeding Solutions grant has found a nutrition-based solution to restore milk production in heat-stressed cows, while also pinpointing the cause of the decline. This study’s breakthroughs will inform further research that could reveal how different feed additives or changes to the staple diet of cows across the U.S. can sustainably increase milk production, even as temperatures continue to climb. Currently, sprinklers and fans are the primary ways used to mitigate heat stress on cows, but these strategies consume water, burn fossil fuels and only restore about 60% of milk production.

    Accelerating Crop Development with Improved Haploid Fertility

    Breakthrough for Accelerated Development of Crops of the Future

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    As an inclusive organization, we host Insights from thought leaders across for food and agriculture community on DEI. Learn more about their unique experiences and perspectives.

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    Building Team Chemistry: The Bigger Picture Behind Cows & Climate

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    Conor McCabe

    Animal Biology Graduate Student, UC Davis

    Insight on Livestock Methane Mitigation

    Dr. Rod Mackie, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

    Champaign, IL

    Finding a New Way to Control Weeds in Cotton.

    Sarah Chu

    Sarah Chu

    FFAR Fellow, Texas A&M University

    Indigenous Farmers are Leading a “New Green Revolution” Focused on Hemp

    James DeDecker, Director, Michigan State University – Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Mary Donner, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians – Ziibimijwang Farm Executive Director and Tribal Citizen

    The Algae-rithm of Sustainable Agriculture: Can Algae Replace Harmful Pesticides and Fertilizers?

    Mira Conyers

    Meeting Producers Where They Are: A Farmer-Centered Approach to Understanding the Needs of Historically Underserved

    Amy Cole

    Amy Skoczlas Cole

    President of Trust In Food

    Protecting the Vidalia Onion

    Sujan Paudel

    FFAR Fellow

    Sustainable Agriculture & Supply Chain Equity

    Philippa Lockwood

    Clif Bar Program Manager

    Irrigation’s Role in Ensuring Global Food Security

    Luke Reynolds

    Irrigation Association

    A Biomass Carol: Bioenergy for The Future

    Ekramul Ehite

    FFAR Fellow, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

    The “Good Soil Discount” — A Game Changer for U.S. Agriculture

    Harley Cross

    Harley Cross

    Land Core Co-founder & Director of Strategy

    Illuminating Pest Management with the Help of the Washington State Wine Commission

    Alexa McDaniel

    FFAR Fellow, Washington State University

    Partner Profile: FMC

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    Julie DiNatale

    FMC vice president and chief sustainability officer

    Global Agriculture Leaders See How Maryland Farmers Use Land-based Tools to Benefit Waterways

    Ernie Shea

    President, Solutions from the Land

    FFAR Vet Student Fellow Research Spotlight

    Anna Schaubeck

    2021 FFAR Veterinary Student Research Fellow

    Celebrating Innovation on National Egg Day

    Paul Montgomery

    Paul Montgomery

    Director of Communications, United Egg Producers

    Partner Profile: Regrow

    Dr. Bill Salas

    Organic Ag Podcast Features Innovative Industry Topics

    Kathleen Delate

    Professor, Organic Agriculture Program, Iowa State University 

    Going Nuts: Nut Crops as Climate Resilient Protein Alternatives for the Future

    Matt Davis

    University of California, Davis


    The latest news and updates from FFAR.

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    Developing Smart Breeding Methods to Increase Crop Resilience

    $16 Million Grant Increases Crop Yields, Improves Sustainability & Profitability

    ICASA Awards Grants to Address Antimicrobial Resistance in Cattle & Swine

    FFAR Applauds President Biden & Congressional Leadership on Passing a Farm Bill Extension

    Scientists Unite to Combat Fusarium Wilt in Cotton

    Increasing Drought Tolerance in Rice

    FFAR Grant Protects Wheat Yields from Wheat Stem Sawfly

    GroundBreaker Prize to Fund Critical Water Research

    Improving Yields & Traits in US Hemp Crops

    Researchers Investigate the Promise of Food Procurement

    Working with Farmers to Increase Adoption of Water Conservation Practices

    AgMission Grant to Optimize OpTIS, Remote Sensing Tool to Improve Soil Health

    Cattle Industry Consortium Funds Research Aimed at Reducing Enteric Methane Emissions

    SHIC Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program Funds Additional Research

    FFAR Renews ESMC Partnership to Grow Ecosystem Services Market Program 

    Improving Layer Hen Welfare with Better Bone Health

    FFAR and North Carolina State University Announce 2023 FFAR Fellows

    FFAR Grant Combats Disease in Lettuce Crops

    Cattle Industry Consortium Awards First Grant to Curb Enteric Methane Emissions

    New Falling Number Test Prevents Wheat Contamination, Saves Farmers Millions

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