Include language to establish a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) in the 2012 Farm Bill. This was the message sent by more than 70 agricultural organizations to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture.
A FFAR would complement and add to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 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.
The signators, including the American Sheep Industry Association, continued by stating that with an ever-expanding global population and increasing demands for food and other agricultural products, increased investments in food and agricultural research are essential to maintaining our nation's food, economic and national security. USDA-sponsored research is vital to achieving the agricultural production levels necessary to feed the expected worldwide population by 2050 of 9 billion people and to remain competitive in a global economy. Despite the importance of such research, current funding for food and agricultural research is less than 2.5 percent of USDA's budget.