Advisory Councils


Our rigorous scientific review process includes External Peer Reviewers and Advisory Councils Reviewers to ensure we fund bold science addressing big challenges.

Each Challenge Area has an Advisory Council, comprised of scientists, farmers and industry experts. Council members review research applications and offer recommendations based on a proposal’s merit, alignment with our priorities, potential impact and the Challenge Area’s portfolio balance. The Councils also advise staff on program development, implementation and potential partnerships.

Council members are selected from a competitive pool of applicants nominated through an open solicitation. Each council member serves two- or three-year terms. The Councils meet virtually three times a year. Some Advisory Councils appoint a chair; the names of the Council Chairs are bolded in the list below.

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Soil Health Advisory Council Members

Maria Bowman, Soil Health Partnership

Dennis Chessman, USDA NRCS Soil Health Division

Steven Culman, Ohio State University

Chad Ellis, Noble Research institute

Nick Goeser, US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Timothy Griffin, Tufts University

Dan Harburg, Indigo Ag

O. John Idowu, New Mexico State University

Douglas Karlen, USDA-ARS

Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Farm Inc.

Steven Rosenzweig, General Mills

Allison Thomson, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Michael Vance, Stark Ranch

Michelle Wander, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Sustainable Water Management Advisory Council Members

Bill Alley, National Ground Water Association

L. Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University

John Pierson, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute

Jim Eckberg, General Mills

Stephen Smith, Wade Water LLC

Daniel Sonke, Campbell Soup Company

Next Generation Crops Advisory Council Members

Priscila Henriquez, Independent

Evy Jaconis, American Pulse Association

Jim Kirkwood, Independent

Jeff Lakner, Independent

Richard Linton, North Carolina State University

Philip Pardey, University of Minnesota

Jesse Poland, Kansas State University

Jessica Shade, The Organic Center

Advanced Animal Systems Advisory Council Members

Sheila Andrew, University of Connecticut

Lisa Becton, National Pork Board

Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association

Barry Bradford, Michgian State University

Brooke Humphrey, Phibro Animal Health

Gary McMurray, Georgia Institute of Technology

Don Ritter, Mountaire Farms

H. Morgan Scott, Texas A&M University

André-Denis Wright, Washington State University

Hongwei Xin, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Urban Food Systems Advisory Council Members

Luis Bettencourt, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago

Kate Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald-Canepa, LLC

Mike Hamm, Michigan State University

Andrew Harig, Food Marketing Institute

Dean Kopsell, University of Florida

Erin McDonald, New York City Mayor’s Office

Ronda Rutledge, Sustainable Food Center

Gary Stutte, SyNRGE

Ashley Zanolli , Oregon Department of Environmental Quality ReFED: Rethink Food Waste

Health-Agriculture Nexus Advisory Council Members

Ann Beaulieu, AgroFresh

Kitty Cardwell, National Institute of Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity, Oklahoma State University; Advisory Council Chair

Katy Franklin, ReFED

Emily Engelhard, Feeding America

Rosetta Newsome, Institute of Food Technologists

Lorrene Ritchie, Nutrition Policy Institute and Cooperative Extension, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Brian Roe, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for US Dairy

Agriculture Climate Partnership

Dorn Cox, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment

Allison Thomson, Field to Market

Rob Trice, The Mixing Bowl

John Reilly, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft Azure Global

Jim Krogmeier, Purdue University

Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas Resiliency Center

Jane Zelikova, Carbon 180

Jim Wallace, Dairy Management Inc.

Kris Johnson, The Nature Conservancy

Stephen Wood, The Nature Conservancy

Andy Knepp, Bayer Crop Science

John Mesko, Soil Health Partnership

Lauren Brey, Edge Dairy Cooperative

Sara Place, Elanco

Matt Russell, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light

A.G. Kawamura, Orange County Produce LLC

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