Materials innovation has been the key to developing new technologies. To support our rapidly growing world population, technological breakthrough has to happen in agriculture and energy, the two most critical sectors. For example, it is estimated that crop yield must be doubled by 2050 to feed the world population. However, emerging pathogens of resistant variety are constantly threatening the sustainability of agriculture as standard disease management practices are failing. To combat these deadly pathogens and safeguard food security, an interdisciplinary team effort must be in place with full support from the government and private industry. This is just one of many pressing issues which has alarmed the White House, resulting in President Obama recently signing the 5-year, one trillion-dollar Farm Bill. Agricultural sustainability is also critical for alternative energy source. To run commercially viable processes for producing fuel from biomass, environmentally-friendly, cost-effective technologies must be developed. High quality biomass production and thermo and biochemical processing of biomass to fuel (and other valuable byproducts) while minimizing waste are challenging. These require the development of efficient catalytic materials and relevant processes for which interdisciplinary effort is absolutely necessary. Therefore, materials innovation will have positive impact on sustainable agricultural practices for crop protection, food safety and bioenergy production. Through sharing of knowledge, this forum will create an environment (i) to learn more about the pressing agricultural issues from stakeholders, (ii) to help identifying possible industrially-viable solutions, and (iii) to identify pathways to minimize regulatory challenges.