About the Pollinator Health Fund

The Pollinator Health Fund is a major new initiative from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.  Established in response to the increasingly visible agricultural issue of declining pollinator health in agricultural systems, this program focuses on applied research that addresses the social and economic realities faced by beekeepers, farmers, ranchers, private businesses and others engaged in working toward addressing this problem.  The Pollinator Health Fund will bring together major stakeholders from the academic, nonprofit, public and private sectors to explore how to improve pollinator health by:

  • Understanding Multiple Interacting Stressors
  • Developing Best Management Practices and their Increasing Application
  • Accelerating Technology Transfer
  • Enhancing Outreach and Education


Funding Opportunity



Partner with FFAR

ff85l4v0wom-sean-strattonFFAR invites partners interested in the Pollinator Health Fund to join in the discovery of technology and information that can lead to healthy pollinator populations. The most promising research outcomes in pollinator health will emerge from collaborations between academia, government agencies, private industry, non-governmental organizations and producers.  With $10 million already committed to this program, FFAR seeks partner organizations who can contribute or match funds for a total investment of $20 million.  There are numerous ways to collaborate with FFAR. Contact us to learn more.


Mark Keenum, Ph.D.

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President, Mississippi State University

“I am very proud to have been part of the startup of this organization from day one and I commend the full board for giving their time and energy to something that is bigger than all of us. I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues to continue building on the extraordinary progress we have made to create the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.”

Fayaz Khazi, Ph.D.

Together, we will solve problems like how to pair new ideas with the most relevant technologies, and this will help us all create products that are not just better, but game changing — even life changing.”

Fayaz Khazi, Ph.D.
president of Precision PlantSciences

Pam Johnson

Portrait of Pam Johnson

This collaborative research with public and private partners will build on the investments already made in agriculture research so farmers like me can see the return on those investments through improvements in plants in our fields.”

Pam Johnson
National Corn Growers Association past president, FFAR Board Member

Kees Reinink, Ph.D.

Rijk Zwaan is keen to actively contribute to the world’s food supply and stimulate vegetable consumption. Joining the Crops of the Future Collaborative, with leafy vegetables as one of the focus crops, can help us achieve this mission.”

Kees Reinink, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Rijk Zwaan

-April Carroll, Ph.D., Purdue University College of Agriculture

Interest in the phenotyping event exceeded our highest expectations, which speaks to the critical importance of connecting plants’ DNA information to meaningful traits.”

April Carroll Director of Phenomics Purdue University College of Agriculture

Sally Rockey, Ph.D.

Executive Director, FFAR

The pace of technology is absolutely breathtaking because we have this combination of understanding how things work coupled with new technologies. For agriculture, we want to take advantage of not only the increases to our knowledge base but also this technological pace.”

Excerpt from Heurmann Lecture by Sally Rockey, Ph.D.
seen at left being recognized for her lecture by Ronnie Green, Ph.D., then Chancellor-elect of University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Introducing the Pollinator Health Fund

Thank you for participating in FFAR's January 23 webinar on the Pollinator Health Fund. Presenters discussed the Foundation's pollinator health research interests and future opportunities for proposal submission. 

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