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Matson named to new U.S. food and agriculture foundation

Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson was appointed to the board of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Stanford School of Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson was appointed to the board of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships critical to boosting America's agricultural economy. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the foundation and its 15-member board, which was selected from lists of nominees provided by the National Academy of Sciences and by industry.  

Matson is recognized internationally for her work with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, managers and decision makers to develop agricultural approaches that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining livelihoods and human well being. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research was authorized by Congress and provided with funding of $200 million as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.  The government funding is to be matched by non-federal funds.  

Read the full announcement.