About SoAR


Mission & Vision

SoAR champions food and agricultural research. We are dedicated to our mission of increasing public investments in agricultural research for sustainable, thriving farms and a food-secure world. 

For the U.S. to remain a global leader, we need scientific breakthroughs and innovations that accelerate the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of American agriculture. 

Together with our partners, we are working to develop the solutions farmers and ranchers need to sustainably produce safe, nutritious food for the world’s growing population.

Why SoAR?

SoAR is the only organization solely dedicated to agricultural research. We are guided by a diverse network of experts in the field. 

Our governance board is made up of leading experts in agriculture from industry leaders to esteemed scholars to award-winning scientists. Their skill and expertise helps us solve the most pressing issues of our time. 

Furthermore, our projects, publications, and advocacy efforts are informed by SoAR’s Scientific Advisory Committee, an all-scientist advisory body whose guidance ensures SoAR is working to advance the best and most needed scientific breakthroughs.

SoAR’s Vision for the Future

To see continued agricultural success, we need to invest in our best minds and ensure our farmers and food producers can sustainably grow and produce food in a changing world without sacrificing the productivity that has made U.S. agriculture the envy of the world.

Productivity 

We have seen incredible growth in productivity over the last 70 years and now produce enough food grown to feed every mouth on earth. However, a changing climate and growing population threaten to erode these successes. 

In order to ensure we can continue to produce enough food into the future, we need to invest in the research and technology that will get us there–today.

Sustainability

Agriculture can, and should, be part of the solution to climate change. No industry is more sensitive to the detrimental effects of climate change, where droughts, heat waves, cold snaps, and other extreme weather events put farmers’ livelihoods, and our food supply at risk.

With the right investments in agricultural research, we can ensure our farmers have the tools they need to create resilient systems that can withstand the changing climate, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and capture carbon in their soil without negatively impacting productivity or profitability. 

Food security

Food security is a prerequisite to peace and security but in much of the world, especially for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, achieving food security is an ongoing struggle. A changing climate, volatile markets, and a lack of research-driven agricultural tools all hold back the world’s poorest farmers from achieving economic progress or even putting food on the table. 

Since the time of Norman Borlaug, the U.S. has led the world in the fight to end global hunger through innovations in science–a tradition the U.S. cannot shy from today. American agricultural scientists and universities continue to lead the world in advancements that keep hunger at bay for millions, vital work that takes sustained and continued investment to continue. 

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 

SoAR’s annual reports can be found here.