Wendy Wintersteen was appointed to the position by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Wintersteen is one of three Americans serving the organization’s board, along with Chavonda Jacobs-Young, administrator of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, and Neal Van Alfen, professor of plant pathology and former dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. The board also has three members from Israel.
The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, or BARD, is a competitive funding program for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research of agricultural problems, jointly conducted by U.S. and Israeli scientists. For 30 years, the program has provided $270 million in funding for nearly 1,200 research projects. Over the years, BARD has funded 25 research projects at Iowa State University.