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Identifying Proteins Required for Immunity to ASFV

Year Awarded   2022

FFAR award amount   $500,000

Total award amount   $1,000,000

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.

Analyzing the Efficacy of Live-vectored Prototype ASFV Subunit Vaccines

Year Awarded   2022

FFAR award amount   $150,000

Total award amount   $300,000

Location   Manhattan, KS

Program   Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

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.

Biological Control of Cattle Fever Ticks in South Texas

Year Awarded   2020

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.

Age Susceptibility and Lateral Transmission of Turkey Arthritis Reovirus

Year Awarded   2019

FFAR award amount   $49,067

Total award amount   $100,243

Location   Minneapolis, MN

Program   Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

Matching Funders   Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, University of Minnesota


Turkey Arthritis Reovirus (TARV), a poultry virus that infects up to 70 percent of US turkey flocks, causes lameness in turkeys and economic losses for producers. University of Minnesota researchers are tracking how the virus is spread and when to best administer a preventative vaccine.

Development of Prevention, Detection and Response Strategies for the Asian Lognhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis)

Year Awarded   2019

FFAR award amount   $150,000

Total award amount   $300,000

Location   Knoxville, TN

Program   Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

Matching Funders   University of Tennessee


The increasing prevalence of the invasive longhorn tick threatens American farmers, livestock, companion animals and wildlife. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers are mapping the tick's spread and developing response strategies to protect farmers, ranchers and their animals.

Evaluation of feed additives to mitigate the risk of viral-contaminated feed to pigs

Year Awarded   2019

FFAR award amount   $150,000

Total award amount   $300,000

Location   Pipestone, MN

Matching Funders   ADM Animal Nutrition, Antiox, Kemin Industries, PMI Nutrition Additives, Swine Health Information Center


Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus and Seneca Valley A (SVA) are deadly swine diseases that can spread through contaminated animal feed. Pipestone Applied Research is testing ten commercially available disease mitigants, or feed additives, to assess whether these mitigants can deactivate these and other swine diseases.

Stopping A New Threat to The Lettuce Industry in Florida: Fusarium Wilt

Year Awarded   2018

FFAR award amount   $67,892

Total award amount   $135,806

Location   Gainesville, FL

Program   Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

Matching Funders   University of Florida


Fusarium Wilt is a fungus that threatens the $70 million Floridian lettuce industry. University of Florida researchers are developing disease management practices and training lettuce growers to better manage cross contamination to reduce the spread of this disease.

Development of a Farmer-Focused Disease Prevention and Preparedness Tool

Year Awarded   2018

FFAR award amount   $87,691

Total award amount   $183,206

Location   Minneapolis, MN

Matching Funders   Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Primary Fund


In 2014, a specific a strain of avian influenza, H5N2 HPAI, destroyed nearly 50 million birds, costing the industry more than $3.75 billion. University of Minnesota researchers are developing a nationwide tool to improve outbreak response and help producers mitigate foreign animal diseases on farms.

Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Leaf Streak of Maize

Year Awarded   2018

FFAR award amount   $148,479

Total award amount   $296,978

Location   Fort Collins, CO

Matching Funders   Colorado State University


Bacterial leaf streak, a new pathogen in the US, is causing yield losses for western corn belt growers. There has been little research on management strategies to limit the spread or severity of bacterial leaf streak. Colorado State University researchers are investigating bacterial leaf streak to better understand the pathogen and how to mitigate it.

Feed the Future Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

Year Awarded   2018

FFAR award amount   $100,000

Total award amount   $200,000

Location   Washington, DC

Matching Funders   Land O’Lakes International Development


Experts estimate that in three years the fall armyworm could cause between $2-$6 billion in losses for maize, an African staple crop. In partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development, FFAR awarded the Feed the Future Fall Armyworm Tech Prize to six winners for digital innovations that help farmers manage the spread of fall armyworm.

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