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.”
The most recent major event sponsored by RMF was the 2014 Riley Memorial Lecture presented on June 4, 2014 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC by Dan Glickman, currently a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a co-chair of AGree, an effort of the largest private Foundations of America to examine long term food and agricultural policy, and a co-chair the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Initiative on Global Food Security. He formerly served as USDA’s Secretary of Agriculture and in the U.S. Congress.
Secretary Glickman stated on January 14, 2014: “We need a grand strategy. The United States must be the leader. We are uniquely positioned to lead a global call for action, but we’ve got to put our money where our mouth is.” Glickman shared his thoughts on the future of food, agriculture, and natural resources research on June 4 when he delivered the 2014 AAAS Riley Memorial lecture entitled “A Food and Agricultural Research Agenda to Deal with the Asteroids of the Future.”
The formal proceedings of 2014 Riley lecture have been published and are available and the lecture and panel discussion that followed can be viewed at http://www.aaas.org/page/riley-lecture by clicking on the appropriate gray box to access the proceedings "Proceedings” or view the lecture and panel discussion “Watch Lecture."