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Farm Foundation, NFP is a non-advocacy, 501(c)(3) public charity that promotes objective analysis, constructive dialogue and innovative ideas to build a deeper understanding of issues critical to the future of agriculture, food systems and rural communities. We do not lobby or advocate. Our 81-year reputation for objectivity allows us to bring together diverse stakeholders for discussions on economic issues and public policies.

Much of the Foundation’s work is funded from our endowment; the remainder comes from contracts with government agencies or donations from individuals, companies and other foundations or NGOs. These donors recognize the importance of the Foundation’s unique work and value the Foundation’s unwavering focus on objectivity and non-advocacy.

Farm Foundation, NFP’s primary product is comprehensive, objective information. Through conferences, workshop and Farm Foundation® Forums, we bring a broad range of stakeholders together to share perspectives and have productive discussions. We recognize that consensus is difficult. However, by encouraging productive discussions, we can help to narrow differences and expand common ground—the first steps to bringing potential solutions into reality.

Farm Foundation, NFP’s work focuses in six major areas:

  • Agriculture in the Environment
  • Energy and Agriculture
  • Food, Agricultural and Trade Policy
  • Agricultural and Food System Productivity, Research and Technology
  • Food Quality, Safety and Consumer Perceptions
  • Viability of Rural Regions

Farm Foundation, NFP is directed by a six-member Board of Directors comprised of leaders in production agriculture, related businesses and academia. Farm Foundation, NFP is the operating entity of Farm Foundation, a charitable trust originally formed in 1933. Led by a 29-member Board of Trustees, the trust is a separate supporting organization of Farm Foundation, NFP.


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