The 2014 Farm Bill allows eligible national and state commodity boards to propose topics for research that they are willing to equally co-fund with NIFA. Such topics must relate to the established priority areas of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (AFRI) to be considered for inclusion in future AFRI Requests for Applications (RFAs).
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“Societal Challenges & Nutritional Security” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on March 30, 2016 at the University of Florida. This talk addresses the challenges of achieving a nutritionally secure society, identifies a path forward, and describes the role of 21st century agriculture on this path.
“McFadden Redux: 21st Century Challenges and Breeding” was presented by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director, on April 18, 2016 at the Edgar McFadden Symposium in San Antonio, Tx. The symposium was organized by Texas A&M University and South Dakota State University for the wheat research community. In his talk, Dr. Ramaswamy described the utility of research that uses holistic, “systems approaches” at the cellular, organismal, and ecological community level in order to provide the world adequate nutrition despite diminishing land and water resources and a changing climate.
Sonny Ramaswamy speech, “Synergy of science and communications to sustainably solve the nine billion problem," at the Entomological Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Nov. 16, 2015