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.
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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.
NCFAP IDC Policy
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: