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25 Grants found

FFAR, NPB Seek to Improve Air Quality on Pig Farms, Indiana

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.

FFAR, NPB Seek to Improve Air Quality on Pig Farms, South Dakota

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $500,000

Total award amount   $1,000,000

Location   Brooklings, SD

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.

FFAR Research Tackles Peanut Allergy

Year Awarded  2021

FFAR award amount   $299,922

Total award amount   $609,816

Location   Clemson, SC

Program   Seeding Solutions

Matching Funders   Clemson University, North Carolina State University and The University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Peanuts are an affordable source of proteins and are an important source of beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Despite its unique nutrient profile and affordability, the peanut is also a primary source of food allergies. Clemson University researchers are developing a reduced allergenic, high-oleic peanut genotypes, essentially reducing the allergens within peanuts while increasing the healthy fats.

Periodic Table of Food Initiative

Year Awarded  2021

FFAR award amount   $5,000,000

Total award amount   $10,000,000

Location   Washington, D.C.

Matching Funders   The Rockefeller Foundation, Seerave Foundation

Sustainable, diverse foods that meet individuals’ nutritional needs can prevent diet-related illnesses and malnourishment; however, scientific understanding of the nutritional benefits of individual foods is still rudimentary. At most, 150 of foods’ biochemical components are tracked in conventional databases, representing only a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of biochemicals in food. The Periodic Table of Food Initiative is a global effort to standardize food analysis and better understand foods’ impact on human health, agriculture and nutrition.

Rethinking seafood by-product: A path to provide sustainable nutrition and improve resource utilization

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $333,777

Total award amount   $667,570

Location   Corvallis, OR

Program   Seeding Solutions

Matching Funders   Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Oregon State University, OSU Food Innovation Center, Pacific Seafood Group, Seafood Industry Research Fund, Trident Seafoods, West Coast Seafood Processors Association

The American food system wastes food and resources, in part because raw materials are discarded during processing. This waste, especially of protein sources, is highly problematic as an additional 148 million people may be protein deficient by 2050 due to climate change. Researchers at Oregon State University are developing high protein, nutritious and attractive food products from byproducts of the seafood industry.

Enhancing Human Health and Nutrition from Soil to Society Using Quinoa as a Model Crop Species

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $1,000,000

Total award amount   $2,044,872

Location   Pullman, WA

Program   Seeding Solutions

Matching Funders   Lundberg Family Farms, Washington State University

Despite its popularity and nutritional content, quinoa is still underutilized because it is imported, even though nutritious, high-quality varieties can grow and thrive in this country. Washington State University researchers are growing new quinoa varieties and analyzing them for amino acid and micronutrient concentrations. The researchers are testing soil and nutrient management practices that enhance the crops’ nutritional values while also improving yield. Thousands of quinoa varieties are being evaluated in diverse soil types and unique environments.

FFAR Funds Dashboards to Track Food Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

Year Awarded  2020

FFAR award amount   $221,743

Total award amount   $506,743

Location   West Lafayette, IN

Matching Funders   Microsoft

Food processing disruptions caused by COVID-19 outbreaks highlight the need for better real-time monitoring and reporting of the status of the food supply chain to prevent or mitigate food crises. Purdue University researchers are creating a series of open-access online dashboards that help quantify and illustrate potential disruptions to the food supply chain. The dashboards will focus on COVID-19 but have the flexibility to be tailored to suit future market disruptions.