The United States Department of Agriculture has announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The foundation established in the 2014 farm bill will operate as a non-profit corporation that will leverage public and private resources to increase research, innovation and partnerships for agriculture.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chairwoman of the Senate agriculture committee, said, “This new research foundation is one of the most important victories in the farm bill. We designed this foundation to leverage public-private dollars to continue making America the most productive and efficient agricultural producer in the world.” Congress provided $200 million for the foundation which must be matched by non-federal funds as the foundation identifies and approves projects. The newly appointed board members are:

·      Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

·      Douglas Buhler, director of AgBioResearch and senior associate dean for Research for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University

·      Nancy Creamer, distinguished professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Community Based Food Systems, North Carolina State University

·      Deborah Delmer, professor emeritus of Biology, University of California-Davis

·      Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, current executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program

·      Robert Horsch, deputy director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

·      Pamela Johnson, chairwoman, National Corn Growers Association

·      Mark E. Keenum, president, Mississippi State University

·      Michael Ladisch, director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and distinguished professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University

·      Christopher Mallett, vice president of Research & Development, Cargill Inc.

·      Pamela Matson, Chester Naramore dean of the School of Earth Sciences, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman professor of Environmental Studies and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

·      Terry McElwain, associate director and professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, and executive director, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Washington State University

·      Stanley Prusiner, director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and professor of Neurology, University of California-San Francisco and 1997 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine

·      Yehia “Mo” Saif, professor emeritus, the Ohio State University

·      Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences and Mary-Dell Chilton distinguished professor at Washington University in St. Louis