The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP) fosters and conducts objective, non-advocacy research, analysis, and education to inform public policy on food, agriculture, natural resources, environmental quality, and rural economics. It was founded in 1984 with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. By virtue of its location in our nation’s capital, the National Center has unique access to national policy leaders. In February 2004, the National Center significantly increased its research capacity and networks with policy researchers, analysts and institutions when it entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (formerly NASLUGC, now APLU).

NCFAP is a non-profit virtual think tank. NCFAP leverages existing research and educational institutions. Through partnerships with a network of scholars and experts at universities, federal agencies, and other institutions, it accesses the most appropriate data, analysis and expertise for the issues at hand, and presents the resulting information into products and services to inform choices or policy. Stakeholders are provided a balanced perspective on the likely outcomes of alternative approaches, such as how gains and losses are distributed under alternative policy options.

Board of Directors

Stanley Johnson, Board Chair – CEO, Ag Conversions LLC

Christopher Goldthwait – Board Vice-Chair, U.S. Ambassador to Chad (1991-1999), Former General Sales Manager, USDA Foreign Agriculture Service

Harold Birch – Executive Vice President, Family Farms Group

Mark Drabenstott – Consultant and Former Director, Center for Study of Rural America

Victor Lechtenberg – Former Director, Purdue University, Office of Engagement

Bobby Moser – Former Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, Environment, Ohio State University

Denise Swink – CEO, Smart Manufacturing and Senior Advisor, US Resilience Project

Joseph A. Dunn – Professor and Associate Dean for Research, D’Youville College. Formerly Deputy Undersecretary,  USDA-REE, Principal Scientist at Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Senior Research Pharmacologist at Colgate Palmolive Company.


The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP) adheres to current Federal Regulations (§200.413) concerning the indirect cost recovery rate that NCFAP requests from all project sponsors and that NCFAP offers to subcontrators. That regulation limits non-federal entities to a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs. For the full text of the Federal Register, see:

Federal Register §200.413

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Get in touch with the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy

1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: [202] 429-8422

Dr. Harry Baumes, C.E.O.

Dr. Stanley R. Johnson, Chairman of the Board