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Year Awarded 2023
FFAR award amount $500,000
Total award amount $1,000,000
Location West Lafayette, IN
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), in partnership with the National Pork Board (NPB), launched the Improving Swine Production Air Quality Program in 2022 to advance technology that can reliably and objectively measure the level of particles in the air so advancements can be made to remove them to improve air quality.
Location Brooklings, SD
FFAR award amount $120,509
Total award amount $241,537
Location Gainesville, FL
Matching Funders University of Florida
Tar spot is a rapidly spreading fungal disease caused primarily by Phyllachora maydis, a plant pathogen that infects corn and damages leaves. Tar spot reduces corn grain yield and overall crop quality and could become a severe epidemic on sweet corn. University of Florida researchers are identifying management strategies by developing an effective chemical control program and analyzing sweet corn hybrids that are resistant to tar spot. The research team is examining the genetic diversity of tar spot samples from Florida and comparing to those from the Midwest.
Location Ames, Iowa
Program Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program
Matching Funders Swine Health Information Center and the Pork Checkoff
Ten research projects have been funded as part of Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program. Each project is designed to achieve the objectives of cost-effective, innovative solutions for a significant biosecurity gap in U.S. swine production. Institutions receiving awards in this first round of funding are Iowa State University, Carthage Veterinary Service, North Carolina State University, the University of Minnesota, and Swine Vet Center.
FFAR award amount $255,001
Total award amount $689,190
Matching Funders Wageningen University & Research (WUR)and the University Fund Wageningen
The Nature-based Future Student Challenges program trains students to develop nature-based solutions as a way to mitigate climate change effects in delta regions.
FFAR award amount Applicants are eligible for grants up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of three years
Location Washington, D.C.
The New Innovator Award supports early-career scientists pursuing research that sustainably enhances agricultural production or improves health through food. By investing in scientists and faculty members at the onset of their careers, this award allows them to pursue research without the pressures of securing additional funding.
Year Awarded 2022
FFAR award amount $100,000
Total award amount $200,000
Location Madison, WI
Matching Funders American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America
This investment is building inclusivity and accessibility into the Tri-Societies’ new educational website Decode 6. This free, educational website–named for carbon, the sixth element on the periodic table–provides resources in carbon and ecosystem services and their respective markets for the agricultural and environmental sectors.
Location Plum Island, NY
Program Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research
Matching Funders National Pork Board
African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) is a highly contagious, fatal disease in pigs that spreads rapidly and there is no commercially available vaccine to mitigate the spread of ASFV. Led by Dr. Douglas Gladue, USDA researchers are pinpointing the viral proteins involved in immunity and infection to develop a vector-based subunit vaccine, a vaccine that include a component of the virus to stimulate an immune response, for ASFV.
FFAR award amount $150,000
Total award amount $300,000
Location Manhattan, KS
Matching Funders MEDIAN Diagnostics
African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) is a highly contagious, fatal disease in pigs that spreads rapidly and there is no commercially available vaccine to mitigate the spread of ASFV. Led by Dr. Waithaka Mwangi, Kansas State University researchers are using an adenovirus vector vaccine, which is a tool used to deliver target antigens to the host, and a paper-based diagnostic test that distinguishes vaccinated from infected animals.
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