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The Farm Journal Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that works within three primary constituency footprints–farmers and producers, next generation populations and National-level policymakers–to advance the capability and understanding of modern agriculture’s leadership role in feeding the world.


The Farm Journal unites expert policy knowledge with unique communications capabilities to effectively tell the story of modern agriculture role in feeding our world. We combine experiential learning opportunities, peer-to-peer learning and technology to connect people to agriculture and value chain of food creation.


We invite you to get to know us through our impactful projects and platforms, educational tours, and policy dialogues.





Farm Journal Foundation's Farmer Ambassadors are a national network of farmers and producers passionate about the role of agriculture in addressing hunger around the world. Members seek to engage with policy makers, promoting a national vision and commitment to international agricultural development in U.S. foreign policy. Since the launch of the program less than 3 years ago, these leaders have conducted more than 300 meetings on Capitol Hill with policymakers.


Farmers and producers work in partnership with Farm Journal Foundation at the global level and in their home state communities to communicate with and educate diverse stakeholders about the role of modern agriculture in feeding the world. Typical engagements include: speaking opportunities, guest lecturing on University campuses, hosting community events and supporting mission-aligned organizations including community gardens, food banks and local schools.

If you're interested in participating as a Farmer Ambassador contact Stephanie Mercier at





FJF Campus Tour (formally HungerU), is an education & advocacy platform designed to engage University students. A central purpose of the FJF Campus Tour is communication outside of the “bubble” of agriculture with future influencers—voters, consumers, community leaders—to connect people with the necessary role of modern agriculture in creating affordable, wholesome food for all.


A Campus Tour is a blend of ivy league, liberal arts, large state universities & land grant universities. Each stop on the tour is carefully crafted based on unique opportunities based on timing and geography. It is typical for the Tour exhibit to embed special events or school festivals. Based on the partners identified, the tour stop will incorporate any or all elements of the FJF Campus Tour platform.

The Campus Tour model leverages a multi-channel approach to engagement that incorporates the following elements for impact:

  • Campus Ambassador Leadership Program

  • Mobile Learning Exhibit

  • FJF in the Classroom: Thought Leadership and Curriculum

  • Campus-Level Volunteer Engagements

  • Technology-Mobile Application, eLearning, Instant Advocacy: Stakeholder-to-National Policymaker


Placed in a DC city garden alongside the USDA Whitten building, the Voice of the Farmer Garden  is a 2 year educational platform that is maintained throughout the year and is a featured element during of the USDA Farmers Market from May-October. A central purpose of the FJF Garden Tour is to bring the "Voice of the Farmer" to the general population and introduce the technologies and popular crops grown on US farms. 

The Garden Tour incorporates the following elements for impact:
  • Mobile Garden Tour which can be accessed year round 24/7 through fjfgarden.org which guides attendees to  numbered plots and features corresponding videos with narration from farmers. 

  • Interactive farmer video kiosks  explore Ag’s business and culture

  • A 3 minute, 5 question app on farmers &  agriculture.




March 13, 2019
Illinois State Dialogue

Senator Durbin & Lead Farmer Heather Hampton+Knodle at U of I

Our Illinois, Lead Farmer Heather Hampton+Knodle joined Senator Dick Durbin & Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to tour Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) labs to learn more about their work improving photosynthesis in order to increase yields and ensure global food security.

April 17, 2019
Indiana State Dialogue

Senator Young, Lead Farmer Kassi Tom Roland, & Kp Tom, U.S. Ambassador to the UN.

A conversation with Senator Todd Young, featuring leaders from agriculture and academia on how U.S. leadership is reducing poverty worldwide, building economic ties to the developing world, and improving national security through investments in global food security and agricultural development, Why U.S. farmers care about global food security and how faith leaders can speak to the moral urgency of caring for the poor and less fortunate. Press Release

April 22, 2019
Georgia State Dialogue

Senator Sanford Bishop, Lead Farmer Ricky Dollison & professors at Fort Valley State University.

Senator Sanford Bishop joined professors in a tour of Fort Valley State University Ag Research Center and participated in a panel discussion addressing global food security and the vital role of agriculture research. In attendance were Dr. Archie Williams, Assistant Professor Dr. Cedric Ogden, Adjunct Professor Dr. Mark Latimore, Extension Administrator Ricky Dollison, FFW Lead Farmer David Hong, FJF Director, Government Affairs Tim Fink, Director of Research and Policy Analysis. Press Release



The Farm Journal Foundation Policy Dialogue convenes global thought leaders with key policy influencers to facilitate discussion and critical thinking around the most important issues framing

food and agriculture policy today.

The organization’s most recent effort are three peer-reviewed papers and related briefings that helped to kick off a much needed dialogue on how U.S. Agriculture can maintain its comparative strength, share its extraordinary knowledge and tools and drive economic growth and stability. We believe this can be done while ensuring U.S. competitiveness in tomorrow's agricultural export markets. We invite you to download these papers below:


Human and Institutional Capacity Building:
By authors Dr. Thomas Jayne, the Honorable Chance Kabaghe and Dr. Isaac Minde 

"Enhancing U.S. Efforts to Develop Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in Africa" 


Trade Technical Assistance:

By authors Mr. Ammad Bahalim and Dr. Joe Glauber
"Leveraging US Technical Assistance for Improved Development Outcomes"


Agricultural Research:
By authors  Dr. Phil Pardey and Dr. Jason Beddow
"Revitalizing Agricultural Research and Development to Sustain US Competitiveness"

Four Market and Policy Opportunities to Increase Agricultural Resilience:

By Authors Suzy Friedman, Colleen Willard, Stephanie Mercier