Sustainable Livestock Production Convening Event

December 4, 2017
Washington, DC

The Sustainable Livestock Production Convening Event explored challenges, innovations and future directions in sustainable livestock production and provided a unique forum for thought leaders to explore several areas:

  1. To identify the unanswered questions that, if addressed, would make substantial contributions to sustainable livestock production.
  2. To identify research strategies to address these questions.
  3. To build partnerships in support of innovation.
  4. To provide diverse stakeholders the opportunity to inform the development of research programs

Read the summary report for this meeting.

Breaking Down the Barriers: Overcoming Obstacles to Innovation Adoption Across the Food System

November 30-December 1, 2017
Arlington, VA

The event was held to analyze barriers to adoption of innovations and technological advances aimed at improving agricultural sustainability. This event provided a unique forum for thought leaders across diverse sectors to identify knowledge gaps, high-impact targets for FFAR program development and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. Download the full event report.

Help us continue this important conversation and inform our research program by sharing your thoughts on challenges related to adoption of innovations that could be addressed through research, or let us know about your research on barriers to innovation adoption.

Resilient Agriculture for the 21st Century: Crop Diversity, Nutrition, and Cropping Systems

November 28-29, 2017
Memphis, TN

FFAR and AgLaunch hosted a convening event to explore the science behind resilient agricultural systems, and build partnerships around creating more resilient agriculture systems through diversity, nutritional focus and new cropping systems. More than 45 different universities, companies, nonprofits and government groups were represented at the event. Participants, including research funders and thought leaders in the field, discussed areas of pre-competitive research that could potentially be addressed through partnerships.

Event report coming soon.

From Food Waste to Food Security and Beyond: Identifying Research Gaps Across the Food System Convening Event

November 16-17, 2017
Arlington, VA

The event brought together thought leaders from academia, government and industry to identify key knowledge gaps related to food waste where research support from FFAR would have the greatest impact. Attendees explored areas of research and scientific innovation related to:

  • Inefficiencies in agricultural and food production
  • Measurement methodologies, monitoring and reporting
  • Food waste prevention and reduction
  • Alternative uses of both wasted food and the inedible food parts

Download the full event report

Help us continue this important conversation and inform our research program by sharing your thoughts on challenges in the food waste and loss area that could be addressed through research, or let us know about your research on food waste.

Participants at Day 2 of the FFAR Convening Event on Food Waste and Loss.

Crops for Controlled Environments Convening Event

November 13, 2017
Yorktown Heights, NY

To advance crop development in controlled systems that will support economic viability, FFAR hosted a convening event to help us determine the state of science and, most importantly, the areas where FFAR could catalyze research efforts. Representatives from 50 different universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations attended the event. Attendees discussed advances in the molecular understanding of traits required for controlled environments, breeding crops for controlled environments, alternative methods for crop adaptation, and environmental stressors to enhance qualities and nutritional content.

Event report coming soon.

Assessing and Managing Soil Health on Rangelands and Pasture Lands

November 6-8, 2017
Ardmore, OK

Over November 6-8, 2017, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), in conjunction with the Noble Research Institute, the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable, the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and the Soil Health Institute (SHI), sponsored a workshop centered around Assessing and Managing for Soil Health on Rangelands and Pasture Lands. The objective of this workshop was to identify research gaps in rangeland and pasture land soil health by applying tenets of “usable science,’ which involve the end user (farmers and ranchers) of the research in the process.

Read the full event report of this event and provide feedback for consideration as we continue the conversation.

FFAR Workshop at the NIAA Antibiotic Symposium: Identifying Priorities and Opportunities for Multi-Stakeholder Research

November 2, 2017
FFAR Workshop at the NIAA Antibiotic Symposium in Arlington, VA

FFAR hosted a workshop at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Antibiotic Symposium, which included FFAR staff and additional speakers with expertise in antibiotic use in farm animal production and conclude with a group discussion to identify key challenges in this area. The objectives of this workshop were to:

  1. Identify ongoing challenges and research gaps related to antibiotic stewardship
  2. Explore the potential for collaborative research to address challenges in antibiotic use

Read the summary of outcomes for this meeting.

Open Source Adaptive Management Tools: From Farm Observations to Location Specific Soil Health Decision Support

October 25-26, 2017
Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL

Representatives from 26 universities, companies, nonprofits and government organizations convened to explore white spaces and research gaps in the decision support tool and open source software platform space. Technological advances in this field can increase U.S. farmers’, ranchers’ and other land managers’ access to knowledge and information relevant to their soil, topography and climate.

Report coming soon.

Identifying Research Gaps for Novel and Ancient Crops: Investing in New Opportunities in Plant Efficiency

October 23, 2017
Tampa, FL

The objective of this convening event was to discuss potential research gaps for making novel and ancient crops, which can be drought-tolerant and adaptive to harsh environments, more available and competitive in domestic and international markets, as well as develop better farm practices. Researchers and industry experts discussed potential areas to invest in future research in water-efficient crops.

Irrigation Innovation Consortium Convening Event

April 10-12, 2017
Water for Food Global Conference in Lincoln, NE

Thank you to the 40+ attendees who joined FFAR at the Water for Food Global Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 15 companies and more than 20 universities, nonprofits, and government organizations gathered to discuss potential opportunity for collaborative research to advance irrigation. The invite-only discussion was designed to inform a future collaborative effort to address water scarcity through research.

Summer 2016 Convening Events

This summer, FFAR will bring together diverse expertise to foster collaboration and identify opportunities to advance the fields of phytobiomes and phenotyping for the benefit of the food and agriculture system. The following events are designed to inform potential future research programs funded by the Foundation and its partners. See links below for more information or to attend.

Phytobiomes Convening | July 29 | Tampa, FL

Phenotyping Convening | August 29-31 | Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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