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06.25.2019 USDA Budget—with $45M Boost for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative and its Competitive Research Grants—Approved by the U.S. House of Representatives

The SoAR Foundation applauds the $45 million increase for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the USDA’s flagship science program, in the USDA budget for fiscal year 2020 that was passed by the House of Representatives.

06.4.2019 House Budget Proposal Provides $30M Boost for USDA’s Flagship Science Program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

As another year of 100-year flooding delays corn and soy planting in the US heartland, farmers need more innovations to keep their operations afloat

05.16.2019 SoAR Co-hosts 3rd Annual Agricultural Research Congressional Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation - in partnership with the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NC-FAR), AFRI Coalition, and the American Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) - hosted the 3rd Annual Agricultural Research Congressional Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2019.

05.2.2019 The Hill: Agriculture faces a scientific innovation drought

The agriculture sector is critical to the overall U.S. economy, accounting for nearly $1 trillion of our gross domestic product (GDP) and one in 10 jobs. Ag R&D has an estimated return on investment of 20 to 1. But the federal government’s support for the scientific innovation needed by this sector has run dry, and our farmers have lost too much ground to overseas competitors.

03.27.2019 From Changing How Wheat Pollinates to Using Drones and Sensors that Optimize Farming Methods, New Report Identifies how to Supercharge Ag Science in the US

A new report issued today showed how U.S. farmers—facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks—can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research.

03.11.2019 President’s Budget Proposes Increasing USDA’s flagship competitive research program, AFRI, to $500 million for FY 2020

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation applauds the inclusion of increased funding for NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), USDA’s flagship competitive grants program, in the administration’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget.

02.14.2019 Federal Budget Deal Increases USDA’s AFRI Program Funding to $415 Million

Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation President Thomas Grumbly today applauded the President’s signing of a final FY 2019 budget that increases funding for USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) by $15 million. Grumbly issued the following statement regarding the increase.

12.11.2018 New Farm Bill Supports Competitive Agricultural Research by Setting Scientific Priorities for Public Funding

House and Senate leaders released the 2018 Farm Bill conference committee report, which includes public investments in research to help U.S. farmers meet the challenges facing the future of agriculture.

12.4.2018 The Hill Op-Ed: The Food Science Deficit – Romaine Lettuce is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Today, farmers have figured out where to grow most varieties of lettuce at any time of the year. So when romaine was fingered as the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 43 people in 12 states, the federal government was able to roll back this blanket prohibition and limit the recall to produce from central California farms, where most of the romaine is grown at this time of year. But limitations in science prevent any further specificity.

10.16.2018 New SoAR Report Identifies Priorities for Global Plant Research

SoAR has released a new report entitled “Developing Global Priorities for Plant Research”. The report presents a concise set of plant-focused research recommendations to inform the decision-making of agricultural research funders. It is the result of a series of interviews and an in-person meeting with twelve leading plant scientists from Europe, China, and the United States.

08.20.2018 Letter to the Senate on Proposed NIFA Relocation

On August 9, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the department’s intention to relocate the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to outside of Washington, DC effective the end of 2019. In response, SoAR sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow encouraging leadership to ask for a more detailed justification for the change.

07.18.2018 New National Academies Report Identifies Five Key Research Fields in Blueprint for Transforming U.S. Agriculture and Food Production in the Decades Ahead

A new blueprint produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), “Science Breakthroughs 2030,” lays out how research can transform the fields of agriculture and food production. Drawn from an extensive process that incorporated the voices of 146 scientists in dozens of fields, the report highlights potential “breakthroughs” through five critical initiatives of agricultural research that need to be prioritized—microbiomes, gene editing, data analysis, sensors and biosensors, and transdisciplinary collaborations.

07.18.2018 Feedstuffs: Five Breakthroughs Identified to Transform U.S. Agriculture

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

07.18.2018 Harvest Public Media: Ag Researchers Say Breakthroughs Are Possible, But Only If There's Funding

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.

07.18.2018 Politico: Ag Scientists Identify Landmark Goals as They Push for Research Dollars

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

06.8.2018 Senate Farm Bill Recognizes Agricultural Research but Does Not Authorize New AFRI Funding While New USDA Report Shows US Falling Behind Other High-Income Countries

The Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill was introduced today with no increase in the authorization for the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program. Overall, this program, which sets the standard for scientific innovation in this field, has not seen major changes since 2008.

05.17.2018 House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee Mark-up Would Continue Momentum for Agricultural Research—10.7% Increase in FY 2018-19 for AFRI, USDA’s Flagship Competitive Research Program

The Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee in the House of Representatives released the conference report for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) budget in FY19 today, proposing a $15M increase for the agency’s flagship competitive research program and a $72M increase for its entire research portfolio.

04.18.2018 Federal Investment in Agricultural Research is Essential for US Farmers to Stay Competitive

A new effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research—FedByScience—was launched today in Washington, DC, bringing together 16 public and private universities. The initiative, timed with the release of the 2018 House Farm Bill, focuses on demonstrating to the public and policymakers the many ways that USDA-funded universities and researchers are creating a safer, healthier and more productive food system.

04.16.2018 Join us for FedByScience launch - April 18th

In celebration of the FedByScience launch, please join us for Congressional briefings on Wednesday, April 18th --- Senate: Breakfast and House: Snacks.

04.12.2018 Research Funding Can’t Stand Still in 2018 Farm Bill as Farmers Face Greater International Competition

The Farm Bill sets the priorities and scope of the USDA every five years. In the 2008 Farm Bill, the USDA’s research programs were reorganized and AFRI was established as a new program to award grants through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. But the reorganization did not result in significant amounts of new funding.

03.23.2018 Congressional budget deal lifts agricultural research—$400 million for AFRI, USDA’s flagship competitive research program in FY 2018

The budget omnibus agreement reached by Congress for FY 2018 today includes a $25 million increase for the US Department of Agriculture’s flagship competitive research program and a $140 million increase for the agency’s research, education, and economics portfolio. The budget for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) has now reached $400 million, with the last three fiscal budgets providing a total 23 percent boost.

03.23.2018 Science Magazine: Advocates Celebrate Funding Bump for USDA-funded Research

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

11.20.2017 SoAR Joins 66 Organizations in Call to Double Ag Research Funding

The coalition’s letter to Congress outlines 10 specific policy recommendations, including funding recommendations aimed at new investments in public food and agriculture research and extension. It also presents policy recommendations focused on improving the coordination, oversight, efficiency, competitiveness, and responsiveness of our nation’s public agricultural research, education, and extension system.

11.13.2017 Omaha World-Herald Editorial: Midlands Aids in Food Science Innovations

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

11.11.2017 High Plains Journal: Agriculture Groups Call for Doubling of USDA Research Budget

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.

11.2.2017 From Controlling Drug-Resistant Bacteria to Improving Gut Health, New Report Highlights Food and Ag Science Breakthroughs at 11 Universities

Eleven prominent research institutions in the United States joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today in urging increased federal support of food and agricultural science. Their new report, Retaking the Field—Empowering Agricultural Sciences for Health, explores the success of research projects funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grants program of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

11.1.2017 SoAR to Hold House & Senate Briefings Thursday on New Ag Research Publication

In collaboration with eleven partnering universities, the SoAR Foundation is pleased to announce that "Retaking the Field: Empowering Agricultural Sciences for Health” will be released on November 2, 2017. This report is the third in the “Retaking the Field” series, which is part of SoAR’s broader education and advocacy to encourage additional federal support for food and agricultural research. Please join us on November 2, 2017 for Congressional briefings.

09.22.2017 As research budgets in the Farm Bill are debated, Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, joins the SoAR Foundation Board of Directors

Zippy Duvall, a third-generation farmer from Georgia who leads the American Farm Bureau Federation, is joining the board of directors of the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation. The move comes as the urgency of agricultural research is increasingly debated in Washington DC and around the country.

09.12.2017 The Hill Op-Ed: Barren Fields Grow Terrorists by John McDonnell

The fall armyworm is the name of a two-inch-long brown caterpillar with a yellow stripe. It has a military name because common infestations are both large and destructive. The insect recently arrived in Africa and its impact on the Lake Chad region — already plagued by violence from terrorist group Boko Haram — has security experts concerned.

06.22.2017 Agricultural Research Remains Firmly Planted in the Congressional Agenda as House Committee Holds 2018 Farm Bill Hearing

Innovation is key as farmers and food producers wrestle with unstable markets for their inputs and outputs. This innovation is driven by federally funded agricultural research, which provides the basic research foundation for all of the high-tech answers. As the 2018 Farm Bill is drafted and debated, we look forward to keeping farm science programs like the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative—the USDA’s flagship competitive research program—in the middle of the conversation.

06.14.2017 With Both Eyes Squarely on the 2018 Farm Bill, US Senate Agriculture Committee to Hold Hearing on Research- Nebraska Corn and Soybean Farmer Steve Wellman to testify on behalf of SoAR Foundation

As the policy discussions that shape the 2018 Farm Bill begin to heat up, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will dedicate its next hearing to discuss the importance of agriculture research. Nebraska Farmer Steve Wellman—board member emeritus of the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation and past president of the American Soybean Association—will testify at the hearing.

06.6.2017 Launch of Congressional Agriculture Research Caucus Shows Support for Farmers and Food on Both Political Parties—Just in Time for the 2018 Farm Bill Negotiations

Thanks to leadership from Rep. Rodney Davis and Rep. Jimmy Panetta, the momentum continues to grow for a stronger science capacity within the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). While the caucus will look at emphasizing research programming in the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations, we also hope they focus on the fiscal year 2018 budget and push back on the cuts to the USDA proposed by the White House.

05.30.2017 It’s a Bumper Crop of Innovation as National Academies Name the Committee to Drive Its Science Breakthroughs 2030 Initiative

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has named 13 renowned thinkers to the executive committee of Science Breakthroughs 2030, an initiative that will identify the most compelling scientific opportunities in food and agriculture in the next decade and beyond.

05.18.2017 AgriPulse Op-Ed: Farmers Need a Flood of Research

In California, five years of record-breaking drought have given way to a record-breaking winter of rain and snow that has provided farmers more water than they know what to do with. Southern Africa has had a similar experience, with record drought followed by torrential rains and floods. This change has also been accompanied by the rapid expansion of a new invasive pest—the fall armyworm.

05.9.2017 National Academies Launch Groundbreaking Initiative to Produce a New Scientific Strategy for Food and Agriculture Research

John Floros, PhD, of Kansas State University and Susan Wessler, PhD, of University of California, Riverside, named co-chairs. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is launching Breakthroughs 2030, an innovative effort to determine the greatest scientific opportunities in the next decade within the fields of food and agriculture.

05.3.2017 American Farm Bureau Federation Op Ed: Better Science Won’t Burn Livelihoods

It’s the midpoint of the avian flu season, but poultry farmers in the U.S. are starting to sigh with relief. After worrisome strains of flu were found in chicken flocks in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky—the heart of our country’s “broiler belt”—no more infected birds have been found and warnings are beginning to lift.

05.1.2017 Congress agrees to $25M increase for AFRI, USDA’s flagship competitive research program in FY 2017, a 15% raise in last two fiscal years

The FY2017 budget omnibus agreement reached by Congress last night includes a $25M increase for the US Dept. of Agriculture’s flagship competitive research program. The budget for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) has now reached $375M, with the last two fiscal budgets providing a 15 percent boost.

03.26.2017 AgriPulse: Farm Bill supporters challenged to focus on the long-game of science

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.

03.16.2017 Competitively Awarded Research Will Boost US Agriculture’s Competitive Edge, Closing the Widening Gap Between US and China Programs

The premier program for competitively awarded research grants in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) lacks the funding to reach its full potential, according to testimony heard on Capitol Hill today. The testimony was presented in front of the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research—chaired by Representative Rodney Davis—that looked at research in the context of the 2018 Farm Bill.

03.10.2017 Kansas Farmer: Spread of Wheat Blast Disease Puts New Urgency on Researchers

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.

03.9.2017 National Academies announces Breakthroughs 2030 study. Nominations for lead committee are due by March 22

In conjunction with the SoAR Foundation, The National Academies has officially announced the Breakthroughs 2030 study to produce a 10-year agenda for food and agriculture research. Nominations for the study’s lead committee are due by March 22.

03.2.2017 From Removing Peanut Allergens to Protecting Tomatoes with Caterpillar Saliva, New Report Highlights Research Breakthroughs at 11 Universities

Pointing to achievements that include a new process to remove allergens from peanuts, 11 research universities called for stronger federal support of the food and agricultural sciences. Their new report, Retaking the Field—Strengthening the Science of Farm and Food Production, explores research projects funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at each institution.

02.20.2017 Join us at Congressional briefings on Retaking the Field, March 2nd

In collaboration with eleven partnering universities, the SoAR Foundation is pleased to announce that "Retaking the Field: Strengthening the Science of Farm and Food Production” will be released on March 2, 2017.

10.28.2016 Food Demand is Rising Faster than the World's Population

The global population is surging. There are currently 7.3 billion people and this number is expected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050. All over the world, people are living longer lives. In the coming decades, we will need more food to nourish both today and tomorrow’s families.

09.23.2016 US Senate Committee Hearing on the Farm Economy Showcases USDA Secretary Vilsack’s Influence on Agricultural Sciences

Testimony by Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, in front of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry on September 21, highlighted a legacy of advancing current technology and research to help farmers and families across the country.

09.13.2016 Farm Scientists See Ripening Opportunity for Greater Federal Support

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

08.8.2016 Washington Post: Iowa Farmers Ripped Out Prairie; Now Some Hope it Can Save Them"

SoAR’s Retaking The Field report profiled Lisa Schulte-Moore of Iowa State University who used a USDA AFRI grant to show how strips of native prairie protects soil and water. As a result, The Washington Post featured Dr. Schulte-Moore and her team’s cutting-edge work.

07.20.2016 National Geographic: To Protect the Food Supply, Spend More Federal Money

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.

06.21.2016 IndyStar: Purdue Joins Call for More Agriculture Funding

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

06.14.2016 Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation and 13 university collaborators release report highlighting current scientific breakthroughs

Thirteen prominent research institutions in the United States joined the SoAR Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. Retaking the Field, the report released by this coalition, highlights recent scientific innovations and illustrates how US agricultural production is losing ground to China and other global competitors.

05.19.2016 SoAR Foundation Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee for Advancing a $25 Million Budget Increase for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Today, the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation commended the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations for approving a $25 million increase for the USDA’s AFRI program for fiscal year 2017. If this funding level makes it to the finish line, AFRI will have received a 15 percent increase over the past two fiscal years.

05.2.2016 SoAR Foundation Announces New Board Members from the Producer and Environmental Communities

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today announced the appointments of Neil Dierks of the National Pork Producers Council, Chris Novak of the National Corn Growers Association, Erik Olson of Natural Resources Defense Council, and Richard Wilkins of the American Soybean Association to its board of directors.

04.21.2016 House Appropriations Committee Provides $25 Million Increase for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved a $25 million addition for the USDA’s AFRI program for fiscal year 2017. If this funding level holds throughout the federal budget process, AFRI will receive a 15 percent increase in the past two fiscal years.

04.18.2016 The Hill Op-Ed: Agricultural research is the farmer’s ultimate antacid

Publicly-supported research pays dividends to all Americans, Vincent "Zippy" Duvall said in an opinion piece that ran in The Hill today. Duvall is the new president of the American Farm Bureau Association and he has embraced the call for a more robust research program at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

03.9.2016 With Senate and House Hearings, Congress to Assess $700M Request for Agricultural Research

Congress continues examining the ambitious proposal to double the budget for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the USDA’s premier source of competitively awarded, peer reviewed research grants. The proposal would increase AFRI’s budget line to $700 million, the amount Congress authorized for the program in the 2008 Farm Bill.

02.5.2016 Science Magazine: White House to Ask for Big Boost for Farm Science Funding

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.

02.3.2016 SoAR Foundation: $700M Presidential Budget Request for Agricultural Research Would Help Prepare Food and Farm Science to Meet 21st Century Challenges

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation applauds the Obama administration’s budget request of $700 million in FY2017 for the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). If approved by Congress, the increase would double AFRI’s annual budget and fulfill the Congressional authorization passed eight years ago when the program was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

01.11.2016 Food Prices and Social Unrest: Good News, Bad News, and Opportunity

When it comes to food prices around the world, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that food prices have been decreasing over the past three years. After spikes in 2008 and 2011, commodities prices have trended downwards. This makes it easier for families all over the world to put more food on the dinner table.

01.5.2016 NY Times op-ed highlights the need for more agricultural research

In an opinion piece that ran in the New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning biologist Philip Sharp and Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus of American Association for the Advancement of Science, discuss the lack of publicly funded scientific research focusing on agriculture and food production.

01.4.2016 Opinion: We Need a New Green Revolution

If agriculture is to have any chance of answering these challenges, we must have new and improved techniques and technologies. The problem is that agricultural innovation has not kept pace.

11.23.2015 In research, US investments now lag behind China

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology published a groundbreaking report in April 2015 on the “innovation deficit.” According to the report, the federal government is abandoning the pursuit of progress by cutting back its funding of scientific research, and leaving it for other countries to accomplish the breakthroughs.

11.9.2015 Can the country life be better for the threatened honey bee?

A few years ago, scientists monitoring insect populations began to sound the alarm that honey bees, a critical player in how plants reproduce, were disappearing in ever larger numbers. In the past year, beekeepers lost 40 percent of their colonies, and entomologists were also seeing alarming losses in wild colonies around the country.

11.5.2015 House Ag Committee examines relationship between agricultural security and national security

On November 4th, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing to examine the relationship between agricultural security and national security. Witnesses included former US Deputy Secretary of State, Ambassador John Negroponte and Dr. Tammy Beckham, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University; both of whom provided valuable testimony on the threats and vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise our national security.

10.22.2015 SoAR Foundation Announces Scientific Advisory Committee Assembled to Strengthen Agricultural Research

The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today announce the formation of its Scientific Advisory Committee, an eight-member panel led by Vicki Chandler, PhD, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI. The Committee’s primary mission is to strengthen agricultural research and raise its profile within the broader science community. Special focus will be placed on the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, the nation’s primary source of competitively awarded funding within the US Department of Agriculture.

10.20.2015 Senate Committee Hearing on Agriculture Biotechnology Opens the Conversation on Agricultural Research

On Wednesday, October 21, the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a hearing on the federal regulation of agriculture biotechnology. This is an important event—not just because the Senate is tackling a critical issue for both consumers and food producers, but because the importance of agricultural science is taking center stage in Congress.

10.17.2015 Federal Budget Agreement Shows That Congress Recognizes the Need for More Agricultural Research

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will receive a budget increase of $25 million in fiscal year 2016, an increase that the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation applauded today.

10.14.2015 Has US Agricultural Production Peaked?

We are at a challenging time in U.S. agricultural history. The past ten years of data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) show that production—all of the food, fuel, fiber, and other materials that farmers grow--has stopped increasing. The trendline flattened out and is now pointed downwards.

09.29.2015 House Subcommittee Hearing on Agriculture Research Innovation Highlights Breakthroughs and the Path to Increasing Productivity and Prosperity

Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13) and Suzan DelBene (WA-1), the chair and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, should be commended for showcasing science innovations achieved by our nation’s agricultural colleges and universities.

09.25.2015 House Agriculture Research Subcommittee to Hold Public Hearing on September 29th

On Tuesday, September 29th at 10 am ET the House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research will host a public hearing to highlight research innovations achieved by our nation’s agricultural colleges and universities.

09.8.2015 Omaha World-Herald Op-Ed: Farmers Need Sun, Rain and Research

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.

07.9.2015 Science Magazine: New Agricultural Science Group Hopes to Make U.S. Funding Soar

Earlier this year, backed by a $1 million pledge from an affluent supporter, a coalition of 15 university, research, and industry groups founded Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR), a Washington, D.C.–based, nonpartisan education group with a separate lobbying arm. And they hired a veteran Washington operative, Tom Grumbly, to run it.

06.6.2015 The Hill: New Strains of Avian Flu Highlight the Need for New Science

Federal funding for agricultural research—not just avian flu grants, but everything including breeding drought-resistant corn varieties to devising new ways to process livestock waste—has remained mostly flat for decades. Between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. agricultural R&D budget barely increased by two percent annually. China, on the other hand, doubled its agricultural R&D budget in the same time period.

03.30.2015 The Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science

With a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), however, scientists at the University of Illinois discovered in 2013 that a small sprinkling of dried daikon radish restored the vegetable’s chemistry that the freezing process altered.

03.23.2015 E&E: Panels to Debate Need for Research Dollars, Biotech Laws

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.

03.12.2015 Politico: Agricultural Research’s Big Play on the Hill

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.

10.3.2014 Science Magazine: Building Agricultural Research

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.