Danita Rodibaugh

Farmer

Rodibaugh & Sons

Danita Rodibaugh is involved in Rodibaugh & Sons, a family farm corporation focused on grain and purebred swine production. She currently serves on the FLMH Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, the Advisory Board of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Purdue representative to the National Council on Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching and the Advisory Group for US Meat Export Federation.

Danita was chairman of the Board of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and was president of the National Pork Board (NPB). She has served on the USMEF Executive Committee, the NPB Trade Committee, Pork Quality, Safety and Human Nutrition Committee, the Environment Committee, and was chairman of the Ethics in Pork Production Taskforce. She is a past board of directors member of the National Pork Producers Council and Indiana Pork. Danita represented Agriculture on the EPA Federal Advisory Committee for TMDLs.

In addition to getting her B.S. in consumer and family sciences/education at Purdue, her involvement currently includes serving on the Executive Committee of Purdue Alumni Board, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture Farmer Advisory Committee, and the Farm Policy Study Group. She formerly served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Animal Science Advisory Committee. Danita served on Indiana’s Commission for Agriculture.

Danita and her husband, Dave, have four children and eight grandchildren. She and Dave are active in their church. Danita is a Past President of the Indiana 4-H Foundation. Time with grandchildren is precious as well as her continuing commitment to volunteering for leading ag organizations.

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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.