WASHINGTON (December 20, 2018) – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) applauds Congressional leaders today on the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The bipartisan bill includes $185 million for agricultural research through FFAR’s unique public-private partnerships.
“I’m proud that FFAR has support on Capitol Hill and the confidence of our elected leaders,” said FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey. “FFAR’s successful public-private partnership model will double the 2018 Farm Bill investment, providing at least $370 million in new agriculture research funding that benefits farmers, consumers and taxpayers.”
FFAR was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to build public-private partnerships that support innovative science addressing food and agriculture’s most intractable issues. Since then, FFAR has partnered with industry, nonprofit and academic institutions to fund research that benefits agricultural producers and consumers. Every dollar of FFAR’s funding is matched by non-federal funds.
“The FFAR model has realized Congress’ original intent to leverage federal investment in agricultural research through public-private partnerships. FFAR is generating approximately $1.3 dollars for every tax dollar Congress allocates,” noted Rockey.
Mississippi State University President and Chair of the FFAR Board of Directors Dr. Mark Keenum also added, “On behalf of the FFAR Board of Directors, we are thankful to have the federal government’s continued support for FFAR in the 2018 Farm Bill. We look forward to building on FFAR’s extraordinary progress to ensure that America remains the global leader in agriculture research.”
Since its creation, FFAR has awarded numerous grants to research efforts supporting various agriculture fields, including animal systems, health and nutrition, local food systems, next generation crops, soil health and water scarcity. Including FFAR in the Farm Bill will allow the organization to continue funding research that helps produce nutritious food, grown on thriving, profitable farms in an environmentally sustainable manner.
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.