• FFAR Launches Plant Protein Enhancement Project

    WASHINGTON D.C. (August 7, 2019) – Population growth and expanding food industry uses are driving an increasing global demand for plant-based protein. Future population growth is expected in regions where the primary protein source is plants. To enhance the protein yield of plant-based staple crops, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Crops of the Future Collaborative (COTF) is today launching the Plant Protein Enhancement Project. This project will fund competitive research grants to enhance the supply chain for plant-based protein in a profitable and sustainable manner. “The Plant Protein Enhancement Project aims to create new tools and resources to feed growing demand,” said Crops of the Future Collaborative Director Jeff Rosichan. “Agricultural research strives to find sustainable ways to feed more people. Enhancing the protein content of staple crops, like pulses, millet and lentils, will achieve that objective and improve the lives of millions of people around the world.” The Project supports innovative research that improves the characteristics, yields and total protein in plants for human consumption. Specifically, FFAR seeks to fund research that bolsters new or underutilized protein crops, enhances the functional and nutritional properties for plant-based food applications, or performs market-based analyses for proteins or productions systems for plant-based foods. All applicants must make a minimum request of $300,000. Matching funds are not required for this program. Most commercially available plant-based protein ingredients come from only two percent of the 150 plant species on which today’s global food supply depends. Investigating genetics and breeding of plant-based proteins has the potential to yield sustainable and nutritious protein sources. Such research can provide unexplored plant protein crops with increases in yield, robustness and disease resistance. This research can decrease the cost of these novel protein sources and increase yield, making them more attractive to farmers seeking new crop opportunities. The Plant Protein Enhancement Project request for applications, along with full eligibility and application details, are available on the FFAR website. ### About the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization 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 and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation. Follow FFAR at Facebook and Twitter at @FoundationFAR and @RockTalking.


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  • Syngenta Joins FFAR’s Crops of the Future Consortium

    BASEL and WASHINGTON (December 19, 2018) – Syngenta has joined the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Crops of the Future Collaborative as an executive committee participant. The executive committee includes nine Crops of the Future Collaborative participants that work with FFAR to govern the consortium, assist with funding allocations, and determine the direction of consortium research. Syngenta’s involvement furthers the consortium’s ambitious goals, while underscoring the company’s commitment to seed research and development, and sustainable agriculture. The Crops of the Future Collaborative is a consortium for industry partners to jointly contribute to large-scale pre-competitive research projects, fostering a comprehensive approach to address some of agriculture’s most complex challenges. The consortium is pursuing research into how a crop’s genetic information encodes important characteristics such as nutrition, disease resistance, productivity and environmental efficiency. Ultimately, the resulting breakthroughs will create more sustainable food systems benefitting all stakeholders across the value chain, from producers to consumers. The collaboration builds upon Syngenta’s participation in the consortium’s Leafy Greens Program, a joint effort with researchers at the University of California, Davis. Over the past seven years, Syngenta has supported the university’s research into lettuce genome sequencing to improve nutrition, enhance disease resistance, and reduce inputs. This research aims to reduce crop losses and improve farm profitability. In addition to leafy greens, Crops of the Future also will pursue research for corn, cereals and the development of cross crop tools and technologies. “Syngenta is inherently aligned with the mission of Crops of the Future – to accelerate the industry’s ability to develop crops that benefit humanity,” said Michiel van Lookeren Campagne, Ph.D., head of global seeds research, Syngenta. “Global food security is going to require the efforts of more than one company. If we, as an industry, can work together to turn precompetitive research into actionable innovation, we can maximize our impact and develop crop technologies that promote sustainable food production.” Making crops more efficient is one of the essential pillars of The Good Growth Plan, the global Syngenta initiative dedicated to improving the sustainability of agriculture. “Having a global leader like Syngenta as part of this public-private consortium will bolster our efforts to develop more sustainable crops that meet the needs of a growing population,” said Sally Rockey, Ph.D., FFAR executive director. “This investment provides Syngenta with the opportunity to leverage their R&D resources with FFAR and a host of other key seed and technology companies to address critical agriculture challenges.” ### About the Crops of the Future Collaborative The Crops of the Future Collaborative is a public-private, multi-participant consortium convened by Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.  The Collaborative brings together companies and leading research organizations to accelerate the development of new crop varieties that address challenges in food and agriculture.  The Collaborative will leverage the knowledge, capabilities, and financial resources of participants to expand the scientific understanding of characteristics giving rise to complex traits that crops will need to adapt to changing environments. Learn more: www.foundationfar.org/cotf/ CONTACT: Sarah Goldberg, FFAR, 202-624-0704, SGoldberg@foundationFAR.org About Syngenta Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta and www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS. CONTACT: Chris Tutino, Syngenta, 919-226-7238, Chris.Tutino@Syngenta.com


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  • FFAR Investment in Downy Mildew Research Benefits Lettuce Producers and Consumers

      University of California, Davis Receives Inaugural FFAR Award from the Crops of the Future Collaborative for Leafy Greens Research Project


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  • Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Hires Jeff Rosichan, Ph.D., to Oversee Crops of the Future Collaborative Efforts to Meet Future Food System Challenges

    New Director brings Industry Experience and Crop Development Expertise Jeff Rosichan, Ph.D. is the new Crops of the Future Collaborative…


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  • Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Launches Multi-Million-Dollar International Effort to Accelerate Development of Crops of the Future

    Eight Partners will Pool Resources to Bolster Crop Breeding Toolbox The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization…


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