• FoodShot Global Launches New Investment Platform to Fund Innovators Taking Bold “Moonshots for Better Food”

    Non-profit consortium of food and agriculture leaders will accelerate food system transformationFoodShot Global today announced the launch of…


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  • RIPE Researchers Use Blue-green Algae to Boost Crop Yields

    New Article in Nature Communications Highlights FFAR-funded Research Project Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in translational…


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  • Leaving No Food Behind: WWF Examines Post-Harvest Crop Losses and Pathways to Change

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the results of on-farm measurements taken to assess food loss after harvest. The report, 


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  • Breakthroughs 2030 Report Identifies New Scientific Strategy to Transform US Agriculture

    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Announces Moonshots for Food and Agricultural ResearchThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)…


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  • The Buzz About Pollinators

    Happy National Pollinator Week! This week, we honor the many insects and animals that allow agriculture to flourish. A pollinator is any animal that transfers pollen within a single plant or from one plant to another of the same species, aiding in the reproduction process. There are over 200,000 species that serve as pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds and bats. Even lemurs in Madagascar are pollinators! Healthy pollinator species are directly correlated to a thriving ecosystem. In fact, nearly 75% of all crops require pollination for producing the food we eat and it is estimated that approximately 1/3 of all food and beverage products come from pollinated plants. Farmers rely on pollinator species for higher quality crops and increased yield. Yet pollinators have been declining since at least the mid-20th century. For managed honey bees, their population of 5 million in the 1940s has declined to 2.89 million today – that’s nearly half our bees disappearing! The Monarch butterfly population has declined by 95% just in the past two decades. The deterioration of these various species may be due to factors like increased use of herbicides and pesticides, urbanization, and the spread of invasive species. But it’s not just about numbers. Poor pollinator health leads to lower pollination efficiency, susceptibility to disease, and decreased benefits to crops. We all have something to lose when our pollinators aren't thriving. At FFAR, we believe research and innovation will promote the growth of pollinator populations back to health. In 2017, FFAR awarded more than $7 million to 16 teams to support science and technology to support health and maintenance of various pollinator populations. These projects are funded by more than 50 universities, companies, and organizations committed to improving pollinator health for a total investment of $14 million in pollinator health. By working together, we can restore the health of our pollinators and ensure a flourishing future for agriculture.About the AuthorDr. Sally Rockey became the inaugural Executive Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in September 2015. Prior to this role, Dr. Rockey was a leader in Federal research, overseeing the operations of the extramural programs in both agriculture and biomedicine.  She spent 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture before taking on the extramural research program at the National Institutes of Health. As Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Rockey led groundbreaking initiatives and activities that have and will have a lasting positive impact on the research community. Dr. Rockey received her Ph.D. in Entomology from the Ohio State University.


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  • FFAR Executive Director Sally Rockey Statement on 2018 Farm Bill

    Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Executive Director Sally Rockey, Ph.D., today applauded Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow for their bipartisan leadership in…


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  • FFAR Applauds RIPE Research Team for Breakthrough in Crop Engineering that Boosts Crop Yield by Almost 50 Percent

    Patricia Lopez-Calcagno (left) and Kenny Brown (right) evaluate a field trial that helped prove that increasing…


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  • FFAR Sponsors Competition to Feed the Next Billion

    Challenge Led by the XPRIZE Foundation Will Crowdsource Innovative Solutions to Global Food and Agriculture Issues We are facing one of the biggest challenges of our time: How will we feed…


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  • FFAR Awards Emergency Funds to Combat Lettuce Disease in Florida

    University of Florida Researchers to Study Management Practices and Crop Resistance Against Wilting Disease German Sandoya-Miranda (left),…


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  • FFAR Awards Emergency Funds to Develop Tool to Mitigate Bird Flu

    University of Minnesota Researchers to Create Easy to Use, Nationwide System to Improve Disease Prevention and Preparedness  The Foundation for Food…


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