FFAR Board Holds Inaugural Meeting

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The first public meeting of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Board was held October 28, 2015 in Washington, D.C. An independent non-profit organization authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, FFAR was provided $200 million by Congress in support of its launch. By Congressional mandate, as the Foundation identifies and approves projects, it must generate non-Federal matching funds to utilize the funding from Congress. Dr. Diana Jerkins, Research Director for OFRF, attended the meeting to meet the new Executive Director and Board. OFRF had previously provided comments to the Board on research issues relevant to organic agriculture and the sustainability of agriculture. 

The Foundation funds research for new and innovative ideas to meet the current challenges facing U.S. agriculture and to supplement and complement the work being done by USDA.

Former Secretary of Agriculture and Chairman of the Board, Dan Glickman, and the new Executive Director, Dr. Sally Rockey, welcomed attendees to the meeting. In addition to gathering input from stakeholders about possible directions and issues that should be funded, Dr. Rockey announced the launch of two inaugural programs.

The programs include a research award for innovative early career scientists to pursue research in food and agriculture, and an initiative to fund first responders in the face of potential threats to the food and agriculture system.