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.”



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 newest report, released June 16, 2015, is “Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority. A University Perspective.” The report summarizes a discussion among 23 invited leaders of universities, university associations and others on development of a unifying message.

Read the Full Report (PDF Document)
Read the “University Perspective” Report Release Announcement

The partnership’s previous 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, 2014. 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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