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Year Awarded 2021
FFAR award amount $2,500,000
Total award amount $5,000,000
Matching Funders The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, ADM, the Council for Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Elanco, Genus PLC, the National Dairy Herd Information Association, Nestlé and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).
The Greener Cattle Initiative brings together stakeholders from across the dairy and beef value chains to leverage investments in the research and development of practices and technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions. This consortium serves as a vehicle for multiple stakeholders to share knowledge and accelerate the development of scalable and commercially feasible technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions and enable the production of sustainable beef and dairy.
FFAR award amount $10,000
Matching Funders Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) announced the fourteen recipients of the 2021 Veterinary Student Research Fellowships (Vet Fellows) in partnership with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). This fellowship creates opportunities for veterinary students to pursue research on global food security and sustainable animal production as FFAR is Awarding an Amount of $10,000 per student.
FFAR award amount $642,202
Total award amount $14,000,000
Location Ithaca, NY
Program Seeding Solutions
Matching Funders New York Farm Viability Institute, Elanco
Mastitis, a common and costly udder infection in dairy cattle is a major economic problem for dairy farmers. Cornell University researchers are exploring compounds secreted by stem cells as a potential therapy for mastitis.
FFAR award amount $75,000,000
Total award amount $15,000,000
Location Washington, DC
The International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA), a public-private partnership established by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) to advance research on antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture, awarded grants to four organizations for research supporting the development of animal-health monitoring and diagnostic technologies.
FFAR award amount $790,326
Total award amount $1,830,312
Location Gainesville, FL
Matching Funders Curtiss Healthcare
Tilapia provides protein for billions of people each year. These fish are under threat from tilapia lake virus, a highly contagious virus that causes high mortality rates among tilapia and poses a global threat to food security. University of Florida researchers are developing a vaccine delivery system that will prevent the spread of tilapia lake virus and other diseases in the aquaculture industry.
Year Awarded 2020
FFAR award amount $748,545
Total award amount $1,497,641
Matching Funders The Semex Alliance, Acceligen
New pathogens can lead to severe crop losses that threaten food security. University of California, Berkeley researchers are addressing devastating disease epidemics by using gene editing technology to combine resistance genes in wheat crops. that specifically recognize the pathogen’s proteins.
FFAR award amount $25,000
Total award amount $50,000
Location San Antonio, TX
Program Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research
Matching Funders Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation
In addition to market volatility threats from COVID-19, Texas cattle ranchers are also battling the southern cattle fever tick (Rhipicephalus microplus), a tick carried pathogen that causes deadly cattle fever for which there is no vaccine or treatment. USDA researchers are developing biological control technologies to prevent and contain this parasite.
FFAR award amount $180,000
Total award amount $445,000
Location United Kingdom
Program SMART Broiler
Matching Funders Tyson Foods, Fielddale Farms, Amazon
Existing methods for assessing animal welfare rely on human observation and subjective scoring which can be inaccurate and time consuming. AudioT researchers are developing audio-based monitoring tools that analyze bird vocalizations and alert farmers to broiler welfare and behavior concerns. This grant was awarded through our SMART Broiler research initiative.
FFAR award amount $350,000
Total award amount $513,214
Location Knoxville, TN
Matching Funders Peco Foods, Inc., University of Tennessee AgResearch
Existing methods for assessing animal welfare rely on human observation and subjective scoring which can be inaccurate and time consuming. University of Tennessee researchers are using multi-angle and multi-range cameras to monitor commercial broilers at both individual and flock levels and measure their walking ability and level of activity. This grant was awarded through our SMART Broiler research initiative.
FFAR award amount $499,639
Total award amount $1,000,039
Matching Funders Scio+, SKOV A/S
Existing methods for assessing animal welfare rely on human observation and subjective scoring which can be inaccurate and time consuming. Big Dutchman researchers are using camera technology and advanced image analysis to continuously monitor commercial broiler flocks, map welfare assessments and estimate walking ability. This grant was awarded through our SMART Broiler research initiative.
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