With help from key stakeholders in the public and private sector, FFAR is honing in on the areas of research that are ripe with scientific opportunity within the following broad categories.


More productive, sustainable agriculture

Optimizing agricultural water use
Transforming soil health
Enhancing sustainable farm animal resilience, productivity, and health
Improving plant efficiency

Better health through food

Achieving a deeper understanding of nutrition and healthy food choices
Managing food production systems to enhance human nutritional outcomes
Spurring food system innovation


Do you have a research question that needs to be answered? We welcome your ideas.


The 2014 Farm Bill tasked the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) with "supporting agricultural research activities focused on addressing key problems of national and international significance."

The board announced FFAR's initial research target areas following its June 2014 meeting.