Barley signs on supporting the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in the Farm Bill
  • 09/11/2023

Barley signs on supporting the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in the Farm Bill

The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) and the National Barley Improvement Committee (NBIC) joined 130 other signatories representing industry, academia, and agriculture on a letter addressed to the House and Senate Ag Committee Members vocalizing support for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). FFAR was authorized in the Agriculture Act of 2014 to address the tremendous need for food and agriculture research by leveraging public and private investments to maximize impact. The letter specifically calls upon Congress to make an investment of $750 million in mandatory funding to permanently support the research efforts of the Foundation. 


Since 2002, U.S. public state and federal investments in agriculture research have significantly declined by 30% from $7.5 billion to $5.2 billion in 2019. According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the U.S has fallen behind international competitors like China, Brazil and  India, who have made substantial increases in public research investments for agriculture. This investment is especially important for the barley industry, which relies heavily on barley improvement research through our Land Grant institutions and Agricultural Research Service.


You can access the full letter and signatures here