The National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NCFAR) submitted a letter signed by 125 food and agriculture organizations to the leaders on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the House Committee on Agriculture to express support for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill.
NCFAR and the signatories of the letter commended the Senate for their vision for a new institution for leveraged, public-private partnerships and investments through FFAR, and encouraged enhanced funding of $200 million in the 2018 Farm Bill. The letter explains that, “FFAR is a unique public-private model for agriculture research which matches each public dollar with at least one dollar of non-federal funding. This means that the U.S. government’s $200 million investment in FFAR will deliver more than $400 million in scientific programming to benefit farmers and our food system, providing significant value for American taxpayers.”
The Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr. Sally Rockey, issued a statement of thanks to the letter signatories:
“On behalf of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, I thank you for your support. We are honored that so many members of the food and agriculture community would express their belief in our ability to leverage public-private partnerships to invest in the research needed to maintain America’s strong position as a world leader in agriculture. We are grateful for your support and look forward to continued collaboration to advance innovative agricultural research.”
The letter submitted to the record with signatories is listed below.