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. Read past reports in the RMF Unifying Message series.
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.
Upcoming: Two RMF Special Reports — USDA Agricultural Research Service: Specialized Agency Functions and University Relationships and Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture: Contributing to the Common Good will be posted soon. The two are part of 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.”