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Illinois Council on Food and Agriculture Research

Of key importance to Illinois and its food and agricultural systems is ongoing research to: develop better methods of controlling crop pests; produce strong, disease-resistant strains of corn, soybeans, and other crops; reduce production input costs and increase profitability; secure the sustainability and quality of our natural resources; and provide consumers with safe and nutritious foods. The Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) was founded in 1993 by industry leaders to secure funding to address these and other critical research areas through high quality, industry-driven, and environmentally sound research and related outreach programs. C-FAR is pleased to have supported many of the projects showcased at Agronomy Day.

Currently comprised of more than 60 food and agricultural industry associations, over 30 university and state entities, and more than 140 individuals, the C-FAR membership provides input and helps to set priorities and direction for research efforts. C-FAR's research partners include the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University, as well as other Illinois research entities. Emphasis is placed on research that delivers outcomes of immediate benefit to Illinois food and agriculture or that addresses important long-term issues.

For information on C-FAR-funded projects, or to find out how you or your organization can join C-FAR to have a voice in the direction of food and agricultural research in Illinois, please contact:

1101 W. Peabody Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-4232 or (800) 232-7991
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