Annual R&D Report on the Federal Budget

RMF has works in collaboration with a number of scientific societies and AAAS to facilitate communications with societies concerned with some aspect of agriculture, food, nutrition, and natural resources that contribute to the annual R&D report on the federal budget.

RMF organized a discussion session on December 9, 2009, led by then RMF Board member Catherine Woteki that included representatives from AAAS, USDA, RMF and six scientific societies. At that session AAAS agreed to add a disciplinary chapter on agriculture, food, nutrition, and natural resources in the FY 2011 report and the representatives from the scientific societies present agreed to participate or arrange for participants from their societies.

That chapter, which has been included each year through FY 2015 and since makes an important contribution to enhancing agriculture through increased scientific knowledge as more people develop a better understanding of the many federal interrelationships that impact our food and the environment. Because of the increased recognition of the importance of the programs reported in that chapter, two chapters have been prepared for the FY 2016 report. Chapter 25 on food safety, security, and nutrition and chapter 26 on agriculture and natural resources are available on line here.