Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation Announces Josh Stull as Vice President for Policy and Analysis, Adds Dr. Barbara Schaal and Dr. Douglas Gollin to Board of Directors

Contact: Dan Klotz, 301-280-5756 / dklotz@burness.com


Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation Announces Josh Stull as Vice President for Policy and Analysis, Adds Dr. Barbara Schaal and Dr. Douglas Gollin to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, DC (March 12, 2020) – The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today announced the appointment of Josh Stull as Vice President for Policy and Analysis, and the appointments of Dr. Barbara Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Washington University in St. Louis,and Dr. Douglas Gollin, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford, to its board of directors.

Stull brings more than 17 years of food and agriculture policy experience to the SoAR Foundation, most recently serving as Congressional and Stakeholder Affairs Officer for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), where he helped execute Congressional and stakeholder outreach. In his new role at the SoAR Foundation, Stull will lead interactions with both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government and work closely with SoAR’s partners in the agriculture and science communities to forge coalitions that maximize Congressional appropriations. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Josh Stull to the SoAR Foundation,” said Thomas Grumbly, President of the SoAR Foundation. “His wealth of knowledge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Congressional legislation will be crucial as we continue to advocate for more federal funding of agricultural research.”

Stull has almost nine years of experience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including roles at NIFA andthe Food Safety and Inspection Service. Stull’s policy experience also includes serving as Director of Government Affairs at the National Fisheries Institute and as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (PA) and U.S. Representative Don Sherwood (PA-10). Stull holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University.

The SoAR Foundation has also appointed two new members to its board of directors:

  • Dr. Barbara Schaal is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology at the Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Schaal is a nationally recognized plant evolutionary biologist. She uses DNA sequences to understand evolutionary processes such as gene flow, geographical differentiation, and the domestication of crop species. Dr. Schaal was among the first plant scientists to use molecular biology-based approaches to understand evolutionary processes in plants, and she has worked to advance understanding of plant molecular systematics and population genetics.
  • Dr. Douglas Gollin is a professor of development economics at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on economic development and growth, with particular interests in agriculture and structural transformation. He is also currently a managing editor of the Journal of African Economies, a research fellow with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). Prior to his role at Oxford, Dr. Gollin spent 16 years on the faculty at Williams College and chaired the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR, a consortium of international agricultural research organizations.

“With the addition of Josh Stull to our team, and Dr. Barbara Schaal and Dr. Doug Gollin to our board of directors, the SoAR Foundation will have the strong leadership that it will need to help prepare farmers for the weather and market-related challenges they will face in this next decade,” said Thomas Grumbly.

# # #

About the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation

The 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. The SoAR Foundation advocates for full funding for the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative (AFRI) to encourage top scientists from multiple disciplines to address agriculture-related challenges in order to improve public health and strengthen our economic competitiveness.

More Stories from the community

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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More