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FFAR award amount $642,202
Year Awarded 2021
Total award amount $14,000,000
Location Ithaca, NY
Matching Funders New York Farm Viability Institute, Elanco
Program Seeding Solutions
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 $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.
FFAR award amount $992,419
Year Awarded 2020
Total award amount $1,985,206
Location Minneapolis, MN
Matching Funders Forever Green Initiative, Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation, The Land Institute
FFAR award amount $748,549
Total award amount $1,497,098
Location Ames, IA
Matching Funders Iowa State University, KWS SAAT SE & Co, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, BASF, SAATEN-UNION BIOTEC and RAGT
On average, it takes farmers ten years to produce a new crop. With an increasing global population, there is high demand for more crops sooner. Iowa State University researchers are developing breeding methods that accelerate plant breeding for multiple crop species. These breeding techniques deliver improved crop varieties – with greater yields – into the hands of farmers sooner.
FFAR award amount $1,000,000
Total award amount $2,070,000
Location Urbana-Champaign, Ill.
Matching Funders University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota and Ag Air Imaging, LLC
While also providing environmental benefits, carbon retention in the soil is critical for effective water retention, nutrient absorption and root development. The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota to develop an integrated technique to monitor soil organic carbon, a measurable component of soil organic matter, in the US Corn Belt.
FFAR award amount $616,178
Total award amount $1,281,584
Location Petaluma, Calif.
Matching Funders Mad Agriculture and Colorado State University
Through sustainable farming techniques, carbon can be stored long term in the soil, a process referred to as carbon sequestration. Employing carbon farm practices can further improve soil health and environmental health by increasing carbon sequestration. Knowledge gaps about commonly recommended management practices make it difficult to quantify how the carbon farm process affects carbon levels. Providing additional information about this process will help resource managers and policymakers prioritize programs and funding.
FFAR award amount $316,000
Total award amount $632,231
Matching Funders Stroud Center and the Science Technology and Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE)
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemical compounds used in hundreds of applications. Due to their high thermal stability, resistance to chemical degradation and related waste disposal, PFAS is an environmental concern. Stroud Center researchers, in collaboration with STRIDE Center for PFAS Solutions, are examining the occurrence and migration of biosolid-derived PFAS in soil and water on agricultural fields.
FFAR award amount $650,000
Total award amount $1,300,000
Location Davis, CA
Matching Funders University of California, Davis
Sensors currently available to growers to measure plant water status are prohibitive. UC Davis researchers are developing a small sensor sensitive enough to measure as little as a one percent change in leaf thickness and volumetric water content at the same time. These two measurements provide growers with clear, consistent data to calculate the plant’s water status.
Total award amount $2,044,872
Location Pullman, WA
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 award amount $927,581
Year Awarded 2019
Total award amount $1,855,162
Location Davis, California 95616
Matching Funders Benson Hill
Plants need nitrogen to grow. Although the majority of earth’s atmosphere is made up of nitrogen, plants cannot access this form of nitrogen. We awarded a grant to the University of California, Davis to study a Mexican corn variety, Sierra Mixe, that obtains atmospheric nitrogen with the help of microbes, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers.
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