A total of 16 public and private universities have joined together to create FedByScience, an effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research. The initiative, timed with the release of the 2018 House farm bill, focuses on demonstrating the ways that U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded universities and researchers are creating a safer, healthier and more productive food system. FedByScience launched April 18th with briefings for Senate and House staffers. The effort tells stories in which scientific discoveries and innovations have improved the way food is produced and distributed. FedByScience co-chair Ronnie Green, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says the universities are joining together to ensure “our stories about the value of food and ag research are heard.” Other participating universities include Colorado State, Cornell, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, New Mexico State, North Carolina State, Purdue, Texas A&M, the University of California-Davis, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Washington University in St. Louis.