Hopewell/Prince George VA Chamber of Commerce “Let’s Chat December”

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm EST

Hopewell, VA

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Imagine a world in which every person, everywhere, has access to affordable, nutritious food grown on thriving farms. Michelle Olgers, Communications Officer at the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), will share how FFAR builds collaborative partnerships to support the audacious science to make this vision a reality.

Congress established FFAR in the 2014 Farm Bill with a $200 million investment to advance public food and agriculture research and required that FFAR match every federal dollar with at least one dollar from nonfederal sources. Congress refunded FFAR in the 2018 Farm Bill with $185 million and the same matching requirement. To date FFAR has collaborated with more than 550 nonfederal partners on 293 research grants totaling $365 million. On average, FFAR garners $1.40 from nonfederal partners for every federal dollar, more than doubling federal investment and delivering a powerful return on taxpayer dollars. Michelle will explain the food and nutrition issues FFAR is working to address, discuss the value of public-private partnerships and share breakthroughs that ensure Tri-Cities residents and people around the globe never experience hunger or food-born illness, our farming practices leave minimal impacts on the environment and our farming families have productive incomes.

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