Protein Challenge Area

The FFAR Protein Challenge seeks to enhance and improve the environmental, economic and social sustainability of diverse proteins for a growing global population.

For livestock and poultry production, the priority research targets include:

  • Feed and nutrition efficiency
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Animal well-being
  • Improved immunity and pathogen control
  • Antibiotic stewardship

Download the full Protein Challenge Vision Statement and Working White Paper to learn more about the strategic direction of this FFAR Challenge Area. 

Learn more about events in the Protein Challenge Area. 

Open Funding Opportunities

There are no open funding opportunities at this time, but you may submit research to our general call for concepts or subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of our funding opportunities.

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Events

There are no upcoming events in the Protein Challenge.

Identifying Priorities and Opportunities for Multi-Stakeholder Research
FFAR Workshop at the NIAA Antibiotic Symposium | November 2, 2017

FFAR hosted a workshop at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) Antibiotic Symposium, which included FFAR staff and additional speakers with expertise in antibiotic use in farm animal production and conclude with a group discussion to identify key challenges in this area. The objectives of this workshop are to:

  1. To identify ongoing challenges and research gaps related to antibiotic stewardship
  2. To explore the potential for collaborative research to address challenges in antibiotic use

Read the summary of outcomes for this meeting.

Protein Challenge Programs

Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare

Image of pigThe Accelerating Advances in Animal Welfare initiative supports farm animal welfare research. Animal welfare research plays a critical role in the development and continuing improvement of sustainable livestock production, with potential to improve animal lives, food quality, farm-laborer work environments and the relationship between our society and the food we eat. Learn more.

The request for proposals (RFA) within this program is now closed. An announcement of grant recipients is coming soon.

 

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Sustainable American Aquaculture

The objective of the Sustainable American Aquaculture program is to stimulate innovative research in farmed production of fish and shellfish, providing economic opportunities to U.S. farmers and increasing the supply of domestically-produced, nutritious foods to meet growing consumer demand. Learn more.

The request for proposals (RFA) within this program is now closed. An announcement of grant recipients is coming soon.

 

Grants Awarded

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2017 Seeding Solutions Grant

FFAR awarded a $1 million Seeding Solutions grant to James MacDonald, Ph.D., at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), to improve land use efficiency by integrating livestock and crop production systems. Researchers will investigate various outputs including yields, soil health, and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the economic feasibility of adopting these new practices. Outcomes of this study will help farmers and ranchers understand which practices will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while efficiently producing food in a diversified system. Learn more.

2016 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Award

FFAR awarded a grant to Crystal Levesque, Ph.D., at South Dakota State University for innovative research aimed at increasing protein production from pigs while reducing inputs and environmental impacts. Focusing on dietary requirements during sow pregnancy, Dr. Levesque’s research will provide a basis for precision feeding formulations for sows to optimize reproductive performance. The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award supports and promotes the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical research to address issues in food and agriculture. Learn more.

striped bass2016 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture

FFAR awarded a grant to Benjamin Reading, Ph.D., at North Carolina State University for his work developing hybrid striped bass using state of the art technology. His work focuses on how genetics influence growth of fish and how to harness genetics to breed superior animals with better growth. The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award supports and promotes the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new faculty who are conducting critical research to address issues in food and agriculture. Learn more.