AFRI Coalition
The AFRI Coalition is a coalition of scientific societies and science advocacy organizations who support full appropriation of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants program over time.  For Fiscal Year 2016, the AFRI Coalition supports funding of at least $450 million for AFRI.
AFRI Coalition Mission Statement:
The mission of the AFRI Coalition is to heighten the awareness and appreciation among policymakers and the public of the importance and role of USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grants program in:
  • ensuring a nutritious, safe, and affordable food supply;
  • understanding how food and food components, and dietary patterns contribute to human health
  • increasing entrepreneurial opportunities in farming and ranching;
  • developing sustainable systems for food, feed, and fuel feedstock production;
  • stimulating rural community and economic development;
  • supporting research aimed at understanding how plants and animals respond to a changing environment
  • advancing agriculture’s role in energy conservation and climate change mitigation; and
  • protecting and enhancing our nation’s environment, natural resources, and genetic diversity. 
The AFRI Coalition is united behind the desire to see AFRI funded at its authorized level of $700 million a year.
AFRI Coalition Description:
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition is a coalition of scientific societies and science advocacy organizations with diverse research interests who support a full appropriation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The Coalition believes that robust funding of AFRI shows strong commitment to America’s farmers, consumers, researchers, and food and rural entrepreneurs, bringing them the tools necessary to maintain the country’s competitiveness. At the same time, work performed under AFRI helps to protect the natural resource base and environment, enhance human nutrition and promote health, improve our fundamental understanding of plants and animals, and foster vibrant rural communities.
In order to become a member, an organization must:
  • be a scientific society or a science advocacy organization;
  • support full appropriation of AFRI at the authorization level;
  • agree on the Coalition’s appropriations request; and
  • respect the diverse research interests represented in the Coalition.


List of AFRI Coalition Members, as of July 2015:


  • American Dairy Science Association
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • American Society for Horticultural Science
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • American Society of Animal Science
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • American Soybean Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Aquatic Plant Management Society
  • Association of American Universities
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Consortium of Social Science Associations
  • Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
  • Federation of Animal Science Societies
  • Genetics Society of America
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Iowa State University
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  • National Association of Plant Breeders
  • National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • National Turfgrass Federation
  • North Central Weed Science Society
  • Northeastern Weed Science Society
  • Poultry Science Association
  • Society of Nematologists
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Southern Weed Science Society
  • The American Physiological Society
  • The Rodale Institute
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • Western Society of Weed Science

AFRI Coalition Advocacy Materials: 


Note: If you have an NRI or AFRI research, education, and extension accomplishment that you think should go on the back of the AFRI one-pager, please click here to send an email to the coalition coordinator, thank you.AFRI Coalition Letter to Congress- October 11th