About CoFARM

The Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM) is a broadly based coalition united by a commitment to advance and sustain investment in our nation's fundamental and applied agricultural research. CoFARM was formed in 1990 because the benefits of food and agricultural research were undervalued. Since then, public investment in agricultural research has become stagnant and may be inadequate to meet the challenges of the next century.

CoFARM Member Societies represent more than 130,000 individuals from scientific and professional organizations. Our Officers and Steering Committee Members meet monthly to hear from speakers and discuss our legislative priorities and activities.

CoFARM has Two Primary Goals:


CoFARM is the premier coalition of scientific and professional societies in agricultural and life sciences that:

We are the only coalition in the Washington DC area, of agricultural and life sciences scientific societies that is focused on policy and funding for agricultural research.  There is a loss of understanding of rural America and agriculture in Congress and by the general public.  This  contributes to a shortfall in funding for agricultural research.

Federal support is needed for a NEW KIND of agricultural research - one that examines the interplay between biological, physical and social systems. CoFARM calls upon USDA and other federal agencies to fund agricultural research involving behavioral, biological, social, chemical and physical interactions that affect, sustain, or are modified by living organisms, including humans. Because of its breadth in scientific disciplines, CoFARM sees the need to balance the quality and quantity of agricultural products against environmental impacts on the one hand, profitability and quality of life on the other.  We need to invest in research to achieve this balance.

Annual Reports
      2006 Report
      2005 Report
      2004 Report
      2003 Report

Strategic Planning Documents
      PDF Format - May 2000 28 pages (121 kb)
      HTML Format - May 2000 28 pages (43 kb)

Brochures/Budget Statements
      Investing in Agriculture Science (FY 2007) - pdf
      Investing in Agriculture Science (FY 2006) - pdf
      Investing in Agriculture Science (FY 2005) - pdf