Here is the information from Supporters of Agricultural Research (SOAR) on the webinar scheduled for next week. APLU is a founding member of this newly formed group.
World hunger. Food safety. Childhood obesity. Energy. Farming Conditions. These are all pressing issues our nation is facing. How is agricultural research addressing them? Join four of the nation's leading voices in agricultural research and food policy for a webcast to discuss the future of agricultural research in America.
William Danforth, Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Donald Kennedy, President Emeritus of Stanford University, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and the former editor-in-chief of Science;
Roger Beachy, former Chief Scientist at USDA and the first director of the agency's National Institute of Food and Agriculture;
Carol Tucker Foreman, Distinguished Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America's Food Policy Institute and a nationally known expert on food safety.
These four influential thought leaders have come together to create Supporters of Agricultural Research or SOAR. SOAR is a new organization working to build a coalition of farm and consumer groups, universities, and scientific organizations that will encourage federal science policy to generate the agriculture innovations America and the world urgently need. SOAR's goal is to substantially increase federal support for investigator-initiated agriculture research grants.