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Year Awarded 2021
FFAR award amount $1,012,500
Total award amount $1,200,000
Location Fargo, ND
Program Plant Protein Enhancement Project
Matching Funders Benson Hill, Keygene, Syngenta, North Dakota State University, Open Philanthropy
Peas are a popular source of plant protein, their production has a limited environmental footprint and they are economically beneficial for farmers. Although breeding efforts are partially focused on improving the nutritional content of peas, this gain is not happening fast enough to meet growing demand. North Dakota State University researchers are building genomic resources, breeding models and tools for improving total protein content in peas.
Matching Funders North Carolina State University
Climate change, a growing population and evolving pests and pathogens threaten the security of our global food supply. Employers need trained scientists to conduct research that helps farms and food systems adapt to these challenges. FFAR and North Carolina State University are excited to announce the 26 students selected for the 2021 FFAR Fellows Program.
FFAR award amount $75,000
Total award amount $273,000
Location Jacksonville, Fla.
Matching Funders The Kirchner Impact Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Burroughs-Wellcome Fund
The Kirchner Food Fellowship, an initiative of the Kirchner Impact Foundation, announced the fellows for the inaugural Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) cohort. As a pioneering program in developing the next generation of venture capital in food and agriculture, the program launched the dedicated HBCU cohort to help address the lack of diversity within the venture capital sector.
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 $10,000,000
Total award amount $23,200,000
Location Rosemont, Ill.
Matching Funders Dairy Management Inc. and Newtrient
Dairy farmers face increasing pressure from the private and public sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental practices can offset the dairy industry’s carbon footprint, but additional research is needed to determine their effectiveness. Thus, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $10 million grant to the Dairy Research Institute (DRI) to support the dairy community’s Net Zero Initiative, an industry-wide effort to adopt practices and technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental health.
FFAR award amount $2,044,214
Total award amount $4,089,857
Location Ames, Iowa
Matching Funders Iowa State University, Bayer Crop Science, The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Purdue University and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Maize breeding programs have increased corn yields over the years by altering plant characteristics (traits). Yet, our knowledge on which traits have been changed is limited while their impact on sustainability is relatively unknown. Led by Dr. Sotirios Archontoulis, Iowa State University researchers are examining corn hybrid characteristics at an unprecedented scale to analyze yield trends in the US Corn Belt, which includes most of the Midwest.
FFAR award amount $385,512
Total award amount $535,512
Location Davis, California
Program Accelerated Crop Breeding
Matching Funders Limagrain Europe
Editing a plant’s genes can help the plant thrive during drought, extreme heat and other climate change-related crises. While this technology is key to future food security, it is expensive and relies on time-consuming tissue culturing – putting it out of reach of smaller labs. Due to the expense, gene editing is almost exclusively used on major crops such as corn. Researchers are developing accessible gene editing technology that also allows faster plant growth.
FFAR award amount $5,000,000
Total award amount $10,000,000
Location Washington, DC
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.
FFAR award amount $66,000
Total award amount $120,000
Location Santa Cruz, Calif.
Matching Funders Organic Farming Research Foundation
The Organic Farming Research Foundation and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research are continuing their partnership to fund on-farm research advancing the climate benefits of organic agriculture systems. Priorities will focus specifically on the potential of organic agriculture to sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce the environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides and build resilience to a changing climate.
FFAR award amount $999,736
Total award amount $2,141,527
Location Pullman, WA
Matching Funders Flinders University, LongReach Plant Breeders, O.A. Vogel Wheat Research Fund, Washington Grain Commission, Washington State University
Wheat and other plants avoid overheating by evaporating water from leaf surfaces. However, this mechanism is inefficient if the soil moisture is scarce. As climate change disrupts precipitation patterns, causing drought conditions to become more prevalent, wheat breeders must pursue every genetic advantage possible to increase the crop’s climate resiliency. Washington State University researchers are using a new technique developed in their lab to identify genes promoting heat and drought resiliency in wheat.
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