Published by the Illinois Council on Food
and Agricultural Research (C-FAR)
Board of Directors & Staff
Chairman: Nels Kasey, Paris
Vice Chair and Research Chair:
Jerry Hicks, Springfi eld
Secretary-Treasurer: Karen Little,
Research Vice Chair: Chuck Cawley,
Membership Chair: Jim Charlesworth,
Director: Wally Furrow, El Paso
Legislative Chair: Steve Scates,
Past Chair: Alan Puzey,
Fairmount (ex-offi cio)
Kraig A. Wagenecht
LeAnn M. Ormsby
Giffi n, Winning, Cohen &
Working Group Leadership
EXPANDING AGRICULTURAL MARKETS
Chair – Heather Hampton+Knodle
Vice Chair – John Huston
RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Chair – Kae Hankes
Vice Chair – Norbert Soltwedel
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Chair – Molly Ann Godar
Vice Chair – Anne Builta Crider
HUMAN NUTRITION AND FOOD SAFETY
Chair – Jeanne Harland
Vice Chair – Jim Fraley
NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
Chair – Byford Wood
Vice Chair – Dennis Godar
1101 W. Peabody Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Newsletter Coordinator: LeAnn Ormsby, C-FAR
Communications Director; Editor: Rob Siedenburg,
Publication Services, Inc.; Designer: Arena Jackson,
C-FAR; Photographer: Ron Ackerman, Daniels/Ackerman
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C-FAR RESEARCH FUNDING IS STATE-APPROPRIATED GENERAL REVENUE
FUNDS. C-FAR GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE STATE OF ILLINOIS —
ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH, GOVERNOR.
The economic benefi t
Numerous nationally respected analyses have determined publicly-funded food and
agricultural research to yield a return of 45% annually. For those of us in Illinois, this
signifi cant rate of return is easily understood, considering the unbelievable advance-ments
that have occurred in our state’s number one industry over the past several
decades. Indeed, advancements enabled by C-FAR appropriations have furthered our
realization that high-quality research results in signifi cant improvements in our food
and agricultural systems and in an enhanced economy.
Leveraging: an additional economic benefi t
Researchers are not just “given” research funding – they must compete for it.
Typically, researchers build their research program by submitting proposals for state,
federal, or private funding. After they achieve initial success, they are often able to
secure much greater funding to enhance their programs. Illinois’ researchers have been
very profi cient in this regard. Case after documented case has shown the C-FAR appro-priation
to be a highly effective investment for garnering very signifi cant funding from
federal and other sources. This dynamic funding process enables highly robust research
programs to be anchored in Illinois. An equally important result is our state’s economy
being further stimulated because of the infusion of these additional dollars into Illinois.
Although most research programs include a physical infrastructure (i.e., laboratories,
demonstration plots, computer software), societal benefi ts of research ultimately come
to fruition because of their personnel.
In Illinois, we are blessed with having a superior scientifi c intellectual capacity.
Research teams often include undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.
C-FAR research affords these young professionals an exceptional opportunity to hone
their scientifi c skills while earning their degrees. Talented students often matriculate at
Illinois universities because of C-FAR research opportunities, with many of them
staying in state to become our next generation of researchers.
The true strength of any research program is refl ected by the expertise of the
researchers who lead the effort. These professionals are attracted or retained in large
part based on the degree to which the state provides a core base of research funding
(i.e., in Illinois, C-FAR appropriations). There is a tremendous competition for our
nation’s and world’s top scientists, and Illinois must attract and retain the best. The
C-FAR appropriation is a demonstrable factor in this regard.
The year prior to the fi rst C-FAR appropriation in FY96, Illinois ranked 26th in the
nation for its state investment in food and agricultural research. By FY00, Illinois had
increased its rank to 15th. This increase was due almost entirely to the C-FAR appro-priation.
While some might suggest that this ranking is not necessarily important by itself,
the research capabilities that are inherent in such a ranking do matter. Although
Illinois’ rank has dropped some in recent years, it is clear the C-FAR appropriation is
the mechanism to increase our food and agricultural research capabilities.
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