Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Executive Director Sally Rockey, Ph.D., today applauded Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow for their bipartisan leadership in introducing a Senate Farm Bill that includes new funding for the Foundation. Rockey issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the chairman’s mark:
“The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is honored to see Congressional support through funding in the Senate Farm Bill. With strong support from the food and agriculture community, the Foundation has actualized a brilliant, innovative model envisioned by Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow to leverage limited taxpayer dollars for agricultural research through unique public-private partnerships. The additional $200 million in funding opens the door for new FFAR partnerships that will support breakthrough science and technology to create a more productive, sustainable food and agriculture system of the future.”
“In a time of challenging budget constraints, the FFAR dollar-for-dollar matching model will leverage this funding for the benefit of taxpayers, innovative researchers and the nation’s farmers as we work together to sustainably nourish the growing global population. We are grateful for Congressional support and look forward to continued collaboration to advance innovative research.”
To date, FFAR and co-funders have committed $189 million to innovative research.