June 4, 2018 — A Unifying Message: Pulling Together. The final in a series of eight RMF reports summarizes five years of dialogue and engagement with over 120 organizations on the need to speak together to increase investment in federal food, agricultural and natural resources research. "A Unifying Message: Pulling Together. Increasing Support for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research" also looks ahead at next steps for RMF in serving as a catalyst and partner in continuing efforts.
Read all 8 reports in the RMF Unifying Message series.
June 1, 2018 — Two New Special Reports Spotlight Agricultural Research Service and Forest Service R&D. The third and fourth in a series of RMF special reports are now posted. One focuses on the special, often unique functions of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). "Agricultural Research Service: Specialized Agency Functions and University Relationships" outlines five major functions along with 35 examples of how ARS cooperates with universities across the nation on science that benefits agriculture, food and nutrition, consumers and society. The other new special report, "Forest Service Research and Development: Creating the Knowledge Needed to Manage America's Forests Sustainably," demonstrates the need for a strong national forest research program and highlights 57 recent accomplishments made possible by Forest Service R&D. Read the first two special reports in the series on Economic Research Service and Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture.
April 23, 2018 — Commodities Research: A New Unifying Message Report. Leaders from 25 national agricultural commodity organizations gathered tor a facilitated discussion on the value of pursuing a unifying message to increase federal investment in agricultural research. An RMF report summarizing the meeting is now available: Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority. A Commodities Research Perspective. The meeting was convened at the American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters in November 2016 by the Riley Memorial Foundation, Iowa State University, the National Corn Growers Association and Purdue University.
April 2, 2018 — Special Report on Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture. A new RMF Special Report, "Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture: Contributing to the Common Good," highlights the functions of these important institutions that represent a segment of the agricultural research and education system that has not received sufficient attention and focus. The report is the second in a series of new special reports on Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Education. The first, posted in February 2018, focused on the USDA Economic Research Service — "Economic Research Service: Specialized Agency Functions and Public Goods' Provision."
February 19, 2018 — Unifying Message Report Summarizes Roundtable on Natural Resources Research. Leaders from more than 20 organizations shared their perspectives on how natural resources research fits with the concept of a unifying message on increased federal investment in research. An RMF report summarizing the discussion, Pursuing a Unifying Message: Elevating Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Research as a National Priority. A Natural Resources Research Perspective, is now available. The meeting was convened in December 2016 by the Riley Memorial Foundation, Iowa State University, Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
February 15, 2018 — New Special Report Highlights Impact of USDA Economic Research Service. A new RMF Special Report, "Economic Research Service: Specialized Agency Functions and Public Goods' Provision," summarizes the agency's outsized impact serving the public goals of USDA programs and in contributing to the practice of agricultural and applied economics. The report is the first in a series of special reports on Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Research.
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.”