Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Executive Director Sally Rockey, Ph.D., released the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee released the chairman’s mark of the 2018 Farm Bill and published it on the committee’s website:
“I applaud Chairman Conaway’s timely introduction of the next Farm Bill and his ongoing commitment to passing this critical piece of legislation on time. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is disappointed to see a House Farm Bill that does not include reauthorization and full funding for FFAR. With strong support from the food and agriculture community, the Foundation has created a brilliant model that realizes Congressional intent to leverage federal investment in agricultural research through unique public-private partnerships.
In a time of challenging budget constraints, the FFAR dollar-for-dollar matching model delivers huge value to the American taxpayer. FFAR funds science-based solutions to support producers and the agricultural economy, safeguard our national security and improve health through food. Although this is not the ideal starting point, FFAR will continue to work closely with the Senate and House Agriculture Committees and our stakeholders as Farm Bill negotiations continue. The historic creation of FFAR in the 2014 Farm Bill is a visionary, lasting contribution to our nation’s efforts to retake our place as a global leader in food and agriculture research and it must continue. We remain optimistic that Congress will pass a Farm Bill that includes funding to support the highly effective FFAR matching model and allows the Foundation to become the perpetual institution that Congress envisioned.”
To date, FFAR and co-funders have committed $189 million to innovative research. This past October, a letter in support of FFAR including the signatures of more than 100 food and agriculture organizations and companies was submitted to the House Agriculture Committee for the record.