Pursuing a Unifying Message Report Announcement

Foundation Report Answers Question: Why Should Agricultural Research Be a National Priority?

The Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF) will release a new report on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, making the case that agricultural research should be made a national priority.

The report, “Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority,” will be released and discussed at 9 a.m. (EST), on Friday, Dec. 5, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

A live webcast of the report announcement and program can be viewed at 9 a.m. EST on Dec. 5 on the RMF website (http://rileymemorial.org/unifying-message-webcast/).

The report documents that the United States is in danger of losing its position of international prominence in the scientific research upon which our food, agriculture and natural resources systems depend. It encourages public and private organizations to work together toward a common goal at a time when global challenges require additional investment in agricultural research.

Discussing the report will be 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 will also include responses from a select panel of stakeholders. Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at USDA, will be among the invited guests.

The report, published by the RMF, was developed by the RMF and Iowa State University, in partnership with Mississippi State University, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Texas Tech University and Colorado State University.

The “Pursuing a Unifying Message” report will be available on the RMF website on Dec. 5. After Dec. 12, an archive of the webcast will be available.

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