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.

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



Discussing the report was former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman; Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Endowed Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University. The program also included responses from a select panel of stakeholders. Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at USDA, was among the invited guests.


A webcast of the program was streamed at 9:00 AM on December 5, 2014. The report is now available online and the recorded program has been archived on the website (linked above).


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.”


The most recent major completed event sponsored by RMF was the 2014 Riley Memorial Lecture presented on June 4, 2014 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC by Dan Glickman, currently a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former Secretary of Agriculture and in the U.S. Congress. The lecture was entitled “A Food and Agricultural Research Agenda to Deal with the Asteroids of the Future,” and the formal proceedings of the lecture including the responses from a distinguished panel are available at http://www.aaas.org/page/riley-lecture


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