"…to promote a broader and more complete
understanding of agriculture as the most
basic human endeavor and... to enhance
agriculture through increased scientific
- Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation
(Charles Valentine Riley Examining an Insect. Undated | Charles Valentine Riley Collection. Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.)
The Lecture is sponsored by the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation.
2021 Lecture: Zoonotic Diseases and the Role of Agricultural Research in Preventing Future Pandemics
Presented by Dr. Andrew Peter Dobson, Princeton University; Dr. Xiang-Jin Meng, Virginia Tech; and, Dr. James A. Roth, Iowa State University.
2020 Lecture: Rethinking American Agriculture: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Food Production
Presented by Dr. Evan H. DeLucia, G. William Arends Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2019 Lecture: Science and policy: their Yin and Yang dynamic and global food security
Presented by Robert S. Zeigler, Director General Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines.
2018 Lecture: Does Agriculture have a Parallel Science Problem?
Presented by Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, University of California, Davis.
2017 Lecture: Joining Forces to Protect the Future of Agriculture and the Planet
Presented by Robert Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Company
2016 Lecture: The Role of U.S. Research Universities in Meeting the Global Food Security Challenge
Presented by Randy Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University
2015 Lecture: A University President’s Perspective on the Economic Importance of Pursuing a Unifying Message to Make Agriculture a National Priority
Presented by Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University
2014 Lecture: A Food and Agricultural Research Agenda to Deal with the Asteroids of the Future
Presented by The Honorable Daniel Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
2013 Lecture: Food, Feed and Fuel from Crops under Global Atmospheric Change: Could we have it all in 2030?
Presented by Stephen P. Long, Gutgesell Endowed University Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences University of Illinois
2012 Lecture: Why Innovation in Agriculture Matters
Presented by Rob Horsch, Deputy Director for Research & Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2011 Lecture: Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food
Presented by Pamela C. Ronald, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis and Co-author of Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
2010 Lecture: Agricultural Research: Changing of the Guard, Guarding the Change
Presented by Roger Beachy, then Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)