URBANA, Ill.—A new effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research—FedByScience—launched in Washington, D.C., bringing together the University of Illinois with 15 other public and private universities.

The initiative, timed with the release of the 2018 House Farm Bill, focuses on demonstrating to the public and policymakers the many ways that USDA-funded universities and researchers are creating a safer, healthier, and more productive food system.