January 29, 2020 — Special Report: Building on the Unifying Message. RMF has released a new special report, "Building on the Unifying Message Effort: Overview, Unity and Appropriations," that takes a look forward on how to increase support for food, agricultural and natural resources research, education and extension and outreach. The report reviews what has been done to develop a unifying message, including progress on developing unity among many stakeholders and interests, and then provides a perspective on what might come next to continue to build on these efforts through the appropriations process.
July 21, 2019 — Special Report: Cooperative Extension and Outreach. The new RMF report, "Cooperative Extension and Public Outreach: Advancing Agriculture and Improving Lives," highlights the special, unique functions of Extension programs administered by land-grant universities and the outreach functions of non-land-grant colleges and nonprofit organizations. In the report, RMF partners with land-grant universities, non-land-grant colleges of agriculture and nongovernmental organizations to increase understanding of how Extension and outreach engage stakeholders, distribute scientific knowledge and improve the lives of both rural and urban people of all ages. Read the news release and an overview of the full report.
June 28, 2018 — Video Posted of 2018 AAAS Riley Memorial Lecture. A video of this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture has been posted to the AAAS website. Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis, presented "Does Agriculture Have a Parallel Science Problem?" The full lecture and panel discussion (approximately an hour and 40 minutes) is presented, as well as a brief lecture highlight (1:20).
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.”