A group of more than 70 agriculture organizations wants to include a provision in the next farm bill that would establish a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. In a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, the groups are urging the House Agriculture Committee to take action comparable to the FFAR provision included in the Senate Agriculture Committee’s recently-approved Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012.
In their letter the groups point out that – FFAR would complement and add to USDA’s portfolio of intramural and extramural research programs that help solve current and future challenges facing agriculture, develop new opportunities for American agriculture, and bring innovative technology from laboratory to marketplace. They say – increased investments in food and agricultural research are essential to maintaining our nation’s food, economic and national security.
Steve Wellman, President of the American Soybean Association and a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Nebraska, says – agricultural research holds innumerable benefits for the soybean industry, and our farmers depend on a robust research framework to continue the stream of innovative products and processes that enable the industry to be as productive as it can be.