Browning, MT (July 15, 2019) — The Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR), a non-profit organization established by the 2014 Farm Bill, awarded its 100th grant at the 2019 North American Indian Days Grand Entry on July 12, 2019. The grant was awarded to Montana State University, in concert with the Blackfeet Nation, to develop best practices in natural resource management, climate adaptation and water governance that are consistent with the Tribe’s cultural values.
Below is a statement from FFAR’s Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey in recognition of FFAR’s 100th grant:
“I am proud to announce that FFAR awarded our 100th grant to Montana State University and the Blackfeet Nation for research supporting sustainable agriculture in Blackfeet Nation. The grant is emblematic of FFAR’s mission and values. Not only will this grant combat growing diet-related health issues, it will also support the development of best practices in natural resource management, climate adaptation and water governance. FFAR is committed to building public private partnerships to fund innovate science that provides every person access to affordable, nutritious food grown on thriving farms. This grant exemplifies the transformative research that FFAR is thrilled to support.
“I am also proud of how far the Foundation has come since its establishment. FFAR was founded in the 2014 Farm Bill, we awarded our first grant in 2016 and are now celebrating our 100th grant. When I started this job in 2015, we were a team of three along with our wonderful Board of Directors. We had the daunting task of building an organization from the ground up, and yet, everyone involved shared a belief in FFAR’s potential to fund truly innovative agriculture research.
“Five years later, we’re a team of 20 and we’re bringing innovative research that tackles food and agriculture’s most intractable challenges to fruition. Through our work with over 280 funding partners, FFAR is pushing the boundary of agriculture innovation, finding opportunities to protect the environment, improve health and help farmers thrive.
“FFAR continues to pioneer the next frontier of scientific innovation, funding projects that catalyze breakthroughs benefiting farmers, the environment and the global community.”
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization originally 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, Ph.D., and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.