Next Generation Crops

Our Next Generation Crops Challenge Area research produces nutritious, affordable food on thriving farms through efficient crops that increase yields with fewer inputs.
Our Next Generation Crops Challenge Area research produces nutritious, affordable food on thriving farms through efficient crops that increase yields with fewer inputs.

Program Contact

Dr. Kathy Munkvold

kmunkvold@foundationfar.org

Development Contact

Catherine Maxwell

cmaxwell@foundationfar.org

We Pioneer Next Generation Crops Research

Congress established FFAR to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. Our public-private partnerships match federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment.

Our Next-Generation Crops research uses this funding to develop technologies that benefit consumers, producers and the environment.

Learn more about our Next Generation Crops grants, programs and consortium.

Next Generation Crops Awarded Grants

An International Collaboration for Combating Fusarium Wilt in Cotton

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $750,000

Total award amount   $1,922,439

Location   Clemson, SC

Matching Funders   Clemson University, Cotton, Inc., Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Grantee Institution   Clemson University

Field trial of rice gene-edited rice for drought tolerance

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $25,000

Total award amount   $50,000

Location   Berkeley, CA

Matching Funders   Good Ventures Foundation

Grantee Institution   University of California, Berkeley

Elucidating the genetic basis for sub-tropical flowering in hemp

Year Awarded  2023

Total award amount   $840,000

Location   Ithaca, NY

Grantee Institution   Cornell University

Next Generation Crops Consortium

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The Latest

Insights

Our Insights highlight unique perspectives from across the food and agriculture community.

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Indigenous Farmers are Leading a “New Green Revolution” Focused on Hemp

James DeDecker, Director, Michigan State University – Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Mary Donner, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians – Ziibimijwang Farm Executive Director and Tribal Citizen

Going Nuts: Nut Crops as Climate Resilient Protein Alternatives for the Future

Matt Davis

University of California, Davis

Building Tools for Plant Genome Editing

FFAR Fellow, Simon Sretenovic

University of Maryland, College Park

Tackling Malnutrition with Biofortification

Aichatou Djibo Waziri

Washington State University

Wheat: already delicious and now nutritious

Addison Carroll

FFAR Fellow

Dusting the Soil for Fungus-Prints: Spinach Seed Production and One of its Greatest Threats

Alex Batson

Washington State University

A day on the Battlefield: Searching for Perennial defenses in wild places

Kelsey Peterson

2019-2022 FFAR Fellow

Gene Editing is a Real Solution for Climate Change

Nicholas Karavolias

FFAR Fellow 2020-2023

Heavy Metal and Chocolate: Not the Best Pairing  

Zachary Dashner

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

Combating Herbicide Resistance

Abby Barker

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

Food for the Future: How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Drought Resistance

Kevin Xie

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

Events

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Advancing Cross-Cutting Research for US Specialty Food Crops

Convening Event Davis, CA

Almond nut on tree ready to harvest

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