The FFAR Board of Directors includes 18 voting members, and five ex-officio members designated by Congress. FFAR’s non-voting ex officio members are the stewards of the Foundation’s close partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specifically, these members provide insight into the federal research enterprise and ensure that FFAR’s work complements USDA and NSF research.

Mississippi State University President Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum chairs the FFAR Board of Directors.

APPOINTED MEMBERS

Portrait of Kathryn Boor

Dr. Kathryn Boor

The Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University

Vice President, FFAR Board of Directors

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Portrait of Douglas Buhler

Dr. Doug Buhler

Director, MSU AgBioResearch and Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Michigan State University

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Dr. Doug Cameron

Managing Director

First Green Partners and Alberti Advisors

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Dr. Nancy Creamer

Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Sustainable and Community-Based Food Systems

North Carolina State University

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Dr. Deborah Delmer

Professor Emeritus

University of California, Davis

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Hon. Dan Glickman

Executive Director, Congressional Program

Aspen Institute

Past Chair, FFAR Board of Directors

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Dr. Rob Horsch

Retired Deputy Director, Agricultural Research and Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Portrait of Mark Keenum

Dr. Mark E. Keenum

President

Mississippi State University

Chair, FFAR Board of Directors

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Portrait of Mike Ladisch

Michael R. Ladisch, Ph.D.

Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering

Purdue University

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John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH

President

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

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Dr. Chris Mallett

Retired, Corporate Vice President, Research and Development

Cargill, Inc.

Treasurer, FFAR Board of Directors

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Dr. Pamela Marrone

Founder and CEO

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.

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Dr. Terry McElwain

Regents Professor Emeritus, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Washington State University

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Dr. Stanley Prusiner

Professor of Neurology and Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases

University of California, San Francisco

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Danita Rodibaugh

Farmer

Rodibaugh & Sons

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Mr. Bob Stallman

Past President

American Farm Bureau Federation

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Dr. Alton Thompson

Executive Director

Association of Research Directors of 1890 Land Grant Universities

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    Portrait of Kathryn Boor

    Dr. Kathryn Boor

    The Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    Cornell University

    Vice President, FFAR Board of Directors

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    Portrait of Douglas Buhler

    Dr. Doug Buhler

    Director, MSU AgBioResearch and Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

    Michigan State University

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    Dr. Doug Cameron

    Managing Director

    First Green Partners and Alberti Advisors

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    Portrait of Nancy Creamer

    Dr. Nancy Creamer

    Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Sustainable and Community-Based Food Systems

    North Carolina State University

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    Dr. Deborah Delmer

    Professor Emeritus

    University of California, Davis

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    Hon. Dan Glickman

    Executive Director, Congressional Program

    Aspen Institute

    Past Chair, FFAR Board of Directors

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    Dr. Rob Horsch

    Retired Deputy Director, Agricultural Research and Development

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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    Portrait of Mark Keenum

    Dr. Mark E. Keenum

    President

    Mississippi State University

    Chair, FFAR Board of Directors

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    Portrait of Mike Ladisch

    Michael R. Ladisch, Ph.D.

    Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering

    Purdue University

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    John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH

    President

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

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    Dr. Chris Mallett

    Retired, Corporate Vice President, Research and Development

    Cargill, Inc.

    Treasurer, FFAR Board of Directors

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    Dr. Pamela Marrone

    Founder and CEO

    Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.

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    Dr. Terry McElwain

    Regents Professor Emeritus, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

    Washington State University

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    Dr. Stanley Prusiner

    Professor of Neurology and Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases

    University of California, San Francisco

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    Danita Rodibaugh

    Farmer

    Rodibaugh & Sons

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    Mr. Bob Stallman

    Past President

    American Farm Bureau Federation

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    Dr. Alton Thompson

    Executive Director

    Association of Research Directors of 1890 Land Grant Universities

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EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue - Foster Our Future Speaker

Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Agriculture

U.S. Department Of Agriculture

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Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Administrator, Agricultural Research Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Dr. Joanne Tornow

Assistant Director (Acting) for Biological Sciences
Designee of Dr. France Córdova, Director

National Science Foundation

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Scott Hutchins

Scott Hutchins, Ph.D.

Deputy Under Secretary

United States Department of Agriculture Research, Education, and Economics Mission

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    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue - Foster Our Future Speaker

    Sonny Perdue

    Secretary of Agriculture

    U.S. Department Of Agriculture

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    Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

    Administrator, Agricultural Research Service

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

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    Dr. Joanne Tornow

    Assistant Director (Acting) for Biological Sciences
    Designee of Dr. France Córdova, Director

    National Science Foundation

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    Scott Hutchins

    Scott Hutchins, Ph.D.

    Deputy Under Secretary

    United States Department of Agriculture Research, Education, and Economics Mission

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Overcoming Water Scarcity

Overcoming Water Scarcity

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Agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s accessible freshwater. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Overcoming Water Scarcity Challenge Area addressed water use efficiency in agriculture by developing water conservation and reuse technologies, improving crop and livestock breeds, creating improved agronomic practices, increasing the social and economic tractability of conservation practices and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.

FFAR’s Sustainable Water Management Challenge Area builds on earlier work to increase water availability and water efficiency for agricultural use, reduces agricultural water pollution and develops water reuse technologies.

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area increased soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative practices that improve soil health.

The Soil Health Challenge Area advances existing research and identifies linkages between farm productivity and soil health, while also addressing barriers to the adoption of soil health practices.

Protein Challenge

Protein Challenge

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Protein Challenge Area sought to improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of diverse proteins.

The Advance Animal Systems challenge area supports sustainable animal production through environmentally sound productions practices and advancement in animal health and welfare. Additionally, the Next Generation Crops Challenge Area develops non-traditional crops, including plant-based proteins, and creates new economic opportunities for conventional crops to increase future crop diversity and farm profitability.

Food Waste and Loss

Food Waste and Loss

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About 40 percent of food in the US, or $161 billion each year, is lost or wasted. FFAR’s 2016-2018 Food and Waste Loss Challenge Area addressed the social, economic and environmental impacts from food waste and loss through research that developed of novel uses for agricultural waste, improved storage and distribution, supported tracking and monitoring, minimized spoilage through pre- and post-harvest innovations and changed behaviors to reduce food waste

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area addresses food waste and loss and supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.

Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability

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Supporting innovation is necessary for sustainable results. Over the last 50 years, farmers have tripled global food production thanks to agricultural innovations. Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability was a 2016-2018 Challenge Area that focused on understanding the barriers and processes that prevented the adoption of technology and research results into sustainable practices.

Urban Food Systems

Urban Food Systems

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The 2016-2018 Urban Food Systems Challenge Area addressed feeding urban populations through urban and peri-urban agriculture and augmenting the capabilities of our current food system.

The Urban Food Systems Challenge Area continues this work and enhances our ability to feed urban populations.

Making My Plate Your Plate

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FFAR’s 2016-2018 Making My Plate Your Plate Challenge Area focused on helping Americans meet the USDA 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, including research to both produce and provide access to nutritious fruits and vegetables.

FFAR’s current Health-Agriculture Nexus Challenge Area supports innovative, systems-level approaches to reduce food and nutritional insecurity and improve human health in the US and globally.