FFAR Holds Second Annual Public Board Meeting

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The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) held its second annual Public Board Meeting Session in Washington, D.C. on October 5th. Michael Stein, Policy Associate for OFRF and Dr. Dianna Jerkins, OFRF’s Research Program Director, attended the meeting and submitted comments regarding the role of organic agricultural research in FFAR’s overall mission and vision. 

Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Chair of the Board of Directors, highlighted the foundation’s goals and mission and introduced several new faces on the Board of Directors, including OFRF’s former treasurer Dr. Pamela Marrone. “I welcome the addition of these leaders in their respective fields and look forward to their contributions to the Foundation’s mission to address today’s food and agriculture challenges through unique partnerships and innovative science,” said Glickman.”

FFAR was established by the 2014 Farm Bill and charged with complementing and furthering the important work of the USDA. Leveraging public and private resources, FFAR’s goal is to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. 

As part of the public meeting, Dr. Sally Rockey, Executive Director of FFAR, outlined seven challenge areas facing our food and agricultural systems. These challenge areas will help to structure FFAR’s strategic research framework. During the presentation, Dr. Rockey outlined how FFAR will receive feedback on these challenge areas and research strategies going forward through its new portal. FFAR will seek input on potential research concepts, leveraging input from experts and stakeholders to determine how to best pursue concepts for further research.

After very interesting dialogue and discussion about research priorities and steps that FFAR is taking to ensure farmer input and participation in FFAR’s research priorities, OFRF looks forward to working with FFAR on the role of organic agriculture in addressing the food and agricultural challenges we face domestically and globally, both today and in the future.

Pictured in photo: Dr. Sally Rockey and Former Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman