SoAR in the Press

Ag Researchers Say Breakthroughs Are Possible, But Only If There’s Funding By Grant Gerlock July 18, 2018

Scientific research could deliver transformative technologies to the food system over the next decade, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Advances in things like gene editing, data sharing and microbiology could make crops more resilient to climate change and livestock more environmentally sustainable.

Five breakthroughs identified to transform U.S. Ag By Tim Lundeen 1, July 18, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM) released July 18 a new blueprint report, “Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food & Agricultural Research by 2030,” that lays out how research can transform the fields of agriculture and food production.

Ag scientists identify landmark goals as they push for research dollars By Maria Curi and Liz Crampton, July 18, 2018

A major report released today from a broad coalition of scientists identifies five key areas of food and agriculture research that should be invested in throughout the next decade. It also marks a major lobbying push to fund agriculture research to ensure a steady food supply for a growing population.



Advocates celebrate funding bump for USDA-funded research By Kelly Servick, March 23, 2018

Farm science advocates had some success this year in boosting federal funding for the discipline.

Editorial: Midlands aids in food science innovations By Editorial Staff, November 13, 2017

This promising research is part of a broader effort to develop new strategies to address intestinal ailments such as Crohn’s disease.


Agriculture groups call for doubling of USDA research budget By Editorial Staff, November 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research, education and Extension budget should be doubled to $6 billion during the five-year life of the 2018 farm bill, according to a broad coalition of 63 organizations involved in almost every facet of the U.S. agricultural sector


Opinion: Farmers need a flood of research By Thomas Grumbly, May 18, 2017

The upcoming budget for fiscal year 2018, as well as the 2018 Farm Bill, present Congress with perfect opportunities to do so. Federal investment in research is the key that will unlock solutions; it’s time to open the floodgates.

Better Science Won’t Burn Livelihoods By Thomas Grumbly, May 3, 2017

With the federal budget season upon us, funding agricultural research has got to be a priority for this year’s budget as well as for the next farm bill. Our dreams for the future—like our food supply—have to stop going up in smoke.

Farm Bill supporters challenged to focus on the long-game of science By Bill Tomson, March 26, 2017

When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law in 1862, he set in motion the development of a system of land grant colleges and helped create the foundation for U.S. agricultural research that’s endured until today.

Spread of wheat blast disease puts new urgency on researchers By P.J. Griekspoor, March 10, 2017

Picture a wheat disease so virulent that it can wipe out 100% of yield on infected plants. Now, imagine that no known chemistry controls it when weather favors disease.


Farm Scientists See Ripening Opportunity for Greater Federal Support By Paul Basken, September 13, 2016

Agricultural researchers — and the companies that support them — say it’s time for Congress to boost its investment in their work.

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When a deadly disease that was killing millions of piglets suddenly arrived in the United States in 2013, no one was sure at first what was happening.

Purdue joins call for more agriculture funding By Christopher Doering and Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, June 21, 2016

Representatives from 13 schools and the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation will make their case in Washington this week.

Agricultural research is the farmer’s ultimate antacid By Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, April 18, 2016

As a poultry farmer, I was worried when avian flu began popping up around the country last year. Almost 50 million birds were culled in an effort to limit the outbreak, even though only slightly more than 200 birds were actually sick.

Science_mag_logoWhite House to ask for big boost for farm science funding By Natasha Gilbert, February 5, 2016

Farm research backers are making some political gains in their push to double funding for the U.S. government’s premier competitive grants program for agricultural science.

We Need a New Green Revolution By Phillip A. Sharp and Alan Leshner (SoAR board members), January 4, 2016

DESPITE the four-year drought that has parched California and led to mandatory restrictions on water use, farmers there have kept feeding the country.

Midlands Voices: Farmers need sun, rain and research By Steve Wellman, 

Everyone’s talking about the historic drought in California and how much water the farmers there need. Deep concern is understandable; they grow a large share of our country’s food supply.

Science_mag_logoNew agricultural science group hopes to make U.S. funding soar By Natasha Gilbert, July 9, 2015

Supporters of U.S. biomedical research have long practiced the art of building coalitions and lobbying Congress to win funding in annual budget brawls.


The-Hill-LogoNew strains of avian flu highlight the need for new science By Tom Grumbly (SoAR President), July 06, 2015

The onset of warmer weather in June has slowed the pace of an unprecedented and underreported avian flu outbreak, providing a welcome respite for poultry farmers. The first two livestock facilities that reported the virus in Minnesota have started to restock and resume operations.

Scientific AmericaThe Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science By Tom Grumbly (SoAR President), March 30, 2015

Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you. What was not known—until researchers examined how broccoli was prepared for distribution—is that frozen broccoli lacked the cancer-fighting nutrients that the fresh vegetable provided.

Panels to debate need for research dollars, biotech laws By Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter, March 23, 2015

Agricultural research is a tough sell on the Hill. Though everyone benefits from it, it doesn’t offer the near-immediate gratification of other programs.

Agricultural research’s big play on the Hill By Bill Tomson, March 12, 2015 

It’s a bad year to ask Congress for a 38 percent raise, but that’s exactly what the Obama administration is doing on behalf of a new program that better fosters competition among the nation’s agricultural research universities.

Science_mag_logoBuilding agricultural research By Donald Kennedy (SoAR board members), October 3, 2014

Nine billion people are expected to inhabit Planet Earth by 2050. Without agricultural research, there is little hope of sustaining this population surge, given that arable land and water supplies are fixed commodities.