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We’ve come a long way since we were established in 2014, yet our commitment to funding bold science remains the same.
February 7, 2014
Congress established FFAR in the Agricultural Act of 2014 with bipartisan support and the Farm Bill is signed into law by President Obama.
July 23, 2014
Then USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of FFAR and appointed a 15-member board of directors.
Read the USDA press release
November 6-7, 2014
The FFAR Board of Directors met for the first time in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about the first FFAR board meeting
Read the press release
October 28, 2015
FFAR launched the New Innovators Award and the Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program.
May 18, 2016
November 16, 2016
June 29, 2017
December 20, 2018
In 2016, the board of directors defined seven Challenge Areas, topics that comprise our strategic research framework. In 2018, we revise the Challenge Areas:
- Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms became Soil Health
- Overcoming Water Scarcity is now Sustainable Water Management
- We added Next Generation Crops
- Protein Challenge became Advanced Animal Systems
- Urban Food Systems remained the same
- Food Waste and Loss and Making My Plate Your Plate combined into Health-Agriculture Nexus
- The Forging the Innovation Pathway to Sustainability was eliminated as sustainability is a key theme across all Challenge Areas.
July 15, 2019
We awarded our 100th grant to the Blackfeet Nation and Montana State University for research supporting food sovereignty and nutrition.
June 23, 2019
February 5, 2019
February 5, 2020
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