About SoAR

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation leads a non-partisan coalition working to educate stakeholders about the importance of agricultural research and focus more of our best minds on feeding America and the world. 

We believe that for the US to remain a global leader, we need public research funding that accelerates the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of American agriculture. Together with our partners, we are working to increase federal investments in agricultural research so our farmers can continue to produce safe, nutritious food for the world’s growing population. 

SoAR advocates for additional agricultural research support, including full funding of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), USDA’s flagship competitive grants program. Sufficient federal investment and wise policies are essential if the United States is to continue to be a leader in agricultural innovation and production. 

Given the many problems confronting farms and food production now, we need the next agricultural revolution to start today. Food is too important to the human race to be a research after-thought; it needs to be a high priority for the nation’s entire scientific community.

Dr. William Danforth, SoAR Founder 


Dr. Danforth introducing SoAR and its mission.

SoAR’s annual report can be found here.