Kyle Bridgeforth Joins FFAR’s Board of Directors
Bridgeforth Farms is a fifth-generation Black family owned row-crop agribusiness headquartered in Tanner, Alabama. The operation focuses on using modern technology and agronomics to grow high-quality agricultural products, including cotton, corn, canola, sorghum, soybeans and wheat. As co-owner and operating partner, Bridgeforth primarily works on crop traceability and efficiency as well as revenue management.
Kyle Bridgeforth’s experience with a range of agricultural technologies and agronomic practices along with his understanding of the revenue and other practical concerns facing farmers endow him with critical perspectives that are needed on the Board,” said FFAR Board Chairman Dr. Mark Keenum. “His expertise in innovative food and agriculture practices is well-sought after, and we are thrilled to have him join the Board.Mark E. Keenum, Ph.D.
Chair, FFAR Board of Directors
Mississippi State University
Bridgeforth is actively engaged in his local community. At home in Alabama, Bridgeforth serves as Chairman of the Athens-Limestone Hospital Board of Directors and sits on the Limestone County Water and Sewage Authority’s Board of Directors. He is also the Past Chair of the Limestone County Economic Development Association’s Board of Directors.
In an ever-changing agricultural economy, the need for innovation grows at an increasing rate. Advances in food and agriculture support stabilizing our food system and aiding in everyone’s health and wellbeing. It’s an honor to join the Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research, and I look forward to our continued work of encouraging collaborative science to solve food and agriculture’s biggest issues.Kyle Bridgeforth
Bridgeforth is also an engaged member of the agriculture community, working closely with several industry associations. He serves as the Alabama Advisor on the Bayer Carbon Advisory Program, a Board Advisory with the Center for Food and Agriculture Dialogue and a Farmer Board Advisor at OCP North America. Additionally, Bridgeforth is a U.S. Farm Ambassador with Solutions for the Land and is affiliated with the American Soybean Association as an ACT Member.
Earlier in his career, Bridgeforth worked in the Executive Office of the President for the United States Trade Representative aiding the Agricultural Affairs team and the Trans-Pacific Partnership efforts.
I am thrilled to welcome Kyle Bridgeforth to the FFAR Board of Directors. His farm experience will help inform FFAR’s efforts to address the productivity and profitability challenges facing farmers in the U.S. and worldwide,” said FFAR Executive Director Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin. “Further his extensive expertise with national agricultural organizations will be an asset as we continue developing solutions for farmers.Saharah Moon Chapotin, Ph.D.
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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’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.