FFAR Board of Directors Elects New Officers



WASHINGTON (November 19, 2020) – The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Board of Directors confirmed officer appointments during the October 2020 Board Meeting.
Dr. Kathryn Boor, dean and vice provost of graduate education at Cornell University, was re-elected to serve another term as vice chair. Former Corporate Vice President of Cargill, Dr. Chris Mallett was confirmed to serve another term as treasurer. Dr. Mark E. Keenum, president of Mississippi State University, will remain as FFAR Board Chair.
Dr. Doug Buhler, director of AgBioResearch and assistant vice president for research and innovation at Michigan State University, was newly elected to serve as secretary. Buhler is taking over for Dr. Mike Ladisch, distinguished professor at Purdue University and director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering, who stepped down as an officer but remains a dedicated member of the FFAR Board of Directors.
“FFAR is incredibly fortunate to have such a distinguished and committed board of directors. We are especially thankful to the board officers for their leadership,” said FFAR Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey. “I want to thank Dr. Ladisch for serving as our secretary and also express our appreciation to Dr. Buhler for stepping into this officer position.”
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Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research 
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.

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