The Foundationís high-priority projects for 2006 are environmental and natural resource issues; rural community viability; new technologies; globalization; the role of agricultural institutions; and consumer issues. Funding is targeted toward identifying and understanding forces shaping the productivity and competitiveness of agriculture and the food system; translating research-based knowledge into practical tools for increasing human capital; promoting informed dialogue on important public issues and policies; and building knowledge-based networks for U.S. agriculture and rural people. Support is given to programs improving the economic and social well being of U.S. agriculture, the food system, and rural communities. By serving as a catalyst to assist public- and private-sector decision-makers, the Foundation hopes to identify and understand forces that will shape agricultureís future. An online project funding request form is available on the Web site.
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