Research & Innovation Initiative | Bulletin

September 2015

AGree is continuing to organize and strategize with prominent groups interested in strengthening U.S. food and agricultural research to advance opportunities for collective action. A diverse coalition is coalescing with the potential to drive reforms forward including building increased Congressional engagement in and support for the food and ag research enterprise. To learn more, please contact Todd Barker (TBarker@merid.org).

July 2015

In June, AGree’s Research and Innovation Initiative made its public debut and launched into implementation. We are now organizing leaders in food and ag-research related organizations, initiatives, and institutions to explore the development of a collective strategy to strengthen the U.S. food and ag research enterprise.

AGree’s Research & Innovation consensus document, Research & Innovation: Strengthening Agricultural Research, was publicly released in June and includes nine recommendations to strengthen the impact of public research dollars by reforming the system and also makes the case for increased research funding. A press release is available here.

To kick-off implementation activities, AGree convened a group of leaders in food and ag research-related organizations, initiatives, and institutions in mid-July to explore the development of a collective strategy to strengthen the U.S. food and ag research enterprise. The group discussed how they might combine and leverage their existing efforts to foster increased federal support. Specifically, the group identified the need to develop champions and raise awareness within Congress for food and agricultural research. AGree will continue to work with this group of individuals and organizations in the coming months.

January 2015

Unifying Message Release Event
AGree’s work on this Initiative has been gathering momentum: a consensus recommendations report is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2015 and on December 5, AGree staff and Co-Chairs attended and presented at the formal release event for a new report, Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority. The “Unifying Message” effort is a project of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation and Iowa State University, in partnership with Mississippi State University, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Texas Tech University, and Colorado State University. AGree Co-Chairs Dan Glickman and Jim Moseley presented at the event and highlighted the report’s alignment with AGree’s work in this area. AGree looks forward to collaborating with the “Unifying Message” effort in 2015 to help catalyze a coalition to advocate for increased U.S. investments in food and agricultural research. AGree’s blog post about the event is here. Stay tuned for the release of our Research & Innovation consensus recommendations early this year. For more information on AGree’s Research & Innovation Initiative, or to inquire about partnering with AGree on this work, please contact Todd Barker (TBarker@merid.org).

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