New Director brings Industry Experience and Crop Development Expertise
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today named Jeff Rosichan director of the Crops of the Future Collaborative. Effective immediately, Rosichan is overseeing the Collaborative, a multi-partner consortium established by FFAR in 2017.
Rosichan reports directly to FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey, Ph.D. He will work closely with the full Crops of the Future Collaborative executive committee, composed of one representative from each of its Founding Partner organizations, to build the Consortium’s research partnerships and projects. Acting Crops of the Future Collaborative Director John Reich, Ph.D., will continue in his current role of Scientific Program Director at FFAR.
The Crops of the Future Collaborative, made up of eight partner organizations and administered by FFAR, funds research to accelerate development of crops that benefit humanity now and in the future by increasing our understanding of the relationship between crop traits, the underlying biology of these traits, and the environment.
Rosichan was selected for the role based on his unique combination of scientific research, industry leadership and multi-stakeholder partnership building experience. His knowledge and experience of how to drive results from the early stages of research to commercialization will be key assets as he directs research projects funded by the Crops of the Future Collaborative.
Most recently, Rosichan founded a consulting company leveraging his expertise in precision plant breeding, genetics, molecular biology and other areas of science to support agriculture startup companies in planning, venture capital fundraising, and product development.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Rosichan, an experienced leader in plant breeding and partnership-building, to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research,” said FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey, Ph.D. “I look forward to seeing the Crops of the Future Collaborative launch innovative research projects with Dr. Rosichan at the helm.”
Rosichan previously spent six years at Dow AgroSciences, where he was responsible for building and managing external research collaborations with domestic and international companies and universities focusing on a range of topics including plant breeding and genomics.
“I’m excited to join the team at FFAR and honored to work with the Crops of the Future executive committee to develop and deliver novel, science-based solutions to help solve current and future food challenges,” said Rosichan.
Rosichan received his Ph.D. in genetics and cell biology and his M.S. in genetics from Washington State University.
About the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit organization established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. The FFAR Board of Directors is chaired by Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.