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.
Why is FFAR Tackling Next Generation Crops?
In the US, we grow large quantities of corn and soy. With significant acreage devoted to same crop, pests, pathogens and environmental changes – including heat, drought, frost and freeze – can cause dramatic crop losses. Furthermore, climate change allows for harmful pests and pathogens to thrive.
Yet, growing a variety of crops can mitigate these risks, as some crops are less susceptible to pests, pathogens and environmental changes.
Crop diversity creates greater economic security for farmers, offers environmental benefits and can increase food security. Farmers growing a range of crops can sell to multiple markets and supply chains. Some crops can improve soil, filter water and reduce climate emissions. While much of the corn and soy crops are used for energy, animal feed, or exported abroad, crop diversity can increase food crops and food security.
The Next Generation Crops research provides farmers with novel, nutritious and profitable crop options. This research also improves crops’ resilience to climate change.
Next Generation Crops Research Vision
The Next Generation Crops research advances breeding technologies and management practices that create new economic opportunities.
Our Research Focuses on:
- Crop Diversification
- Crop Resiliency
- Accelerated Breeding Methodologies
- Advancing novel, nutritious, profitable and resilient farm crops.
This research supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet. Our Next Generation Crops Challenge Area builds partnerships to fund research supporting the following SDGs:
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
Genome Editing Wheat for Durable and Sustainable Disease
2Blades Foundation, Innovative Genomics Institute
Accelerated Development of Crops of the
Iowa State University, KWS SAAT SE & Co, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, BASF, SAATEN-UNION BIOTEC and RAGT