The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) invites you to join the inaugural Foster Our Future – the first of a kind event in Washington, DC on Feb. 5, 2019. This exciting food and agriculture event will:

  • Demonstrate game-changing research technology and innovation
  • Inspire by bringing scientific breakthroughs to life
  • Celebrate the impact food and agriculture has on consumers and producers
  • Showcase research talent
  • Highlight the importance of continued research investment


Join FFAR for a day filled with interactive exhibits and inspiring discussions. Attendees will discover how research and science is changing the food and agriculture landscape. Wandering through the exhibits, participants may see, hear and interact with displays reflective of research FFAR supports or showcased breakthroughs made by other key players.


Foster Our Future


Rose Barbuto, Executive Director of External Relations and Policy, Farm Journal Foundation

Julie Borlaug, Vice President Communications & Public Relations, Inari Communications Inc.

Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Food & Markets Executive Director, Markets Institute World Wildlife Fund

Jane DeMarchi, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, American Seed Trade Association

Erin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Mike McCloskey, Chief Executive Officer, Select Milk Producers

Howard Yana-Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Advanced Research Institute Fellow, Mars, Incorporated


Foster Our Future


Foster Our Future

Please be advised that participants should refrain from discussion with representatives from federal agencies on the formulation, modification, or adoption of Federal legislation (including legislative proposals), a Federal rule, regulation, Executive order, or any other program, policy, or position of the United States Government; – the administration or execution of a Federal program or policy (including the negotiation, award, or administration of a Federal contract, grant, loan, permit, or license); or – the nomination or confirmation of a person for a position subject to confirmation by the Senate.