About Charles Valentine Riley

The characteristic of Riley as a “whole-picture” person is reflected in the precepts and goals of the Riley Memorial Foundation.

Riley Memorial Foundation

The Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF) is committed to promoting a broader and more complete understanding of agriculture and to building upon Charles Valentine Riley’s legacy as a “whole picture” person with a vision for enhancing agriculture through scientific knowledge. RMF, founded in 1985, recognized that agriculture is the most basic human endeavor and that a vibrant, robust, food, agricultural, forestry, and environmental-resource system is essential for human progress and world peace.


The theme for the various RMF program activities is “to promote a broader and more complete understanding of agriculture as the most basic human endeavor and to enhance agriculture through increased scientific knowledge.”



Riley Memorial Lectures

The Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture will be presented on June 16, 2015 by Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) headquarters in Washington, DC. The proceedings of the previous lectures held at AAAS are available at http://www.aaas.org/page/riley-lecture.


Watch this space for more details and the opportunity to register for the 2015 Lecture.

Pursuing a Unifying Message

A current major activity of RMF is a collaborative effort in a partnership led by RMF and Iowa State University and including Mississippi State University, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Texas Tech University and Colorado State University.


The partnership’s new report, “Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority,” was released at the National Press Club on December 5. The report documents that the U.S. is in danger of losing its prominence in the scientific research upon which our food, agriculture, and natural resources systems depend and presents a case for many organizations working together toward a common goal at a time when global challenges require additional investment in agricultural research.



Read the Full Report (PDF document)
Watch the Archived Report Release Webcast
View Dean Wendy Wintersteen's "Pursuing a Unifying Message" presentation (PDF document)
View an Infographic Summary of the Report
Read the Report Release Announcement
View the Report Release Program


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