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Year Awarded 2018
FFAR award amount $431,998
Total award amount $431,998
Location Davis, CA
Program Layer Hen Keel Bone Health Program
Matching Funders Open Philanthropy Project
FFAR awarded one of three Layer Hen Keel Bone Health Program grants to Ian Dunn, research scientist at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and collaborators at the major poultry genetics companies Hy-Line and Lohmann Tierzucht, to improve health and productivity of egg-laying hens. Dunn is laying the groundwork for breeding hens with stronger bones by developing a novel X-ray based measurement system adapted for on-farm use.
FFAR award amount $490,093
Total award amount $490,093
Location West Lafayette, IN
FFAR award amount $614,067
Total award amount $1,228,134
Location Blacksburg, Virginia
Program Pollinator Health Fund
Matching Funders Virginia Tech
To protect honeybees, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University researchers are examining pollinator behavior in different landscapes to determine where and when supplemental forage is most needed to nourish pollinator populations. The research team is also exploring whether honey bee recruitment behavior, which is how a worker tells her nestmates where she collected food, is a reliable indicator of a viable habitat for native pollinators.
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.
FFAR award amount $945,735
Total award amount $2,978,942
Location West Des Moines, IA
Matching Funders Ichthus Unlimited, LLC, Texas A&M, Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Illinois Soybean Foundation, San Diego Port
At only three percent of its original population, Pacific Bluefin Tuna are on the verge of being placed on the endangered species list. Ichthus Unlimited, LLC is cultivating Pacific Bluefin Tuna eggs to grow juvenile fish, which can then mature on tuna farms. Acquiring tuna eggs from hatcheries, rather than the wild, would reduce overfishing and help stabilize the wild population.
Year Awarded 2017
Keel, or breastbone fractures are painful and decrease egg production and are a common concern for cage-free hens. Purdue University researchers are assessing the impact of nutritional interventions on the gut microbiome and testing management interventions to reduce keel bone fractures in laying hens housed in cage-free systems.
FFAR award amount $486,594
Total award amount $486,594
Location Edinburgh, UK
Keel, or breastbone fractures, which cause pain and decrease egg production, are a challenge to raising hens in cage-free housing systems. To improve the health and productivity of egg-laying hens and prevent these fractures, University of Edinburgh researchers are developing an x-ray-based measurement system for on-farm use to breed hens with stronger bones.
FFAR award amount $50,000
Total award amount $100,000
Matching Funders Food Marketing Institute Foundation and the Animal Agriculture Alliance
Consumers are demanding cage-free egg production and slow-growth broiler chickens and farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses are responding. However, producers must first understand consumer knowledge, beliefs and willingness-to-pay for these attributes. Purdue University researchers are employing choice modeling techniques to estimate diversity in consumer preferences and willingness-to-pay for cage-free eggs and slow-growth broilers now and in the future.
FFAR award amount $431,999
Total award amount $431,999
Keel, or breastbone fractures are a prevalent concern when raising hens in cage-free housing systems. University of California, Davis researchers are exploring the impacts of poultry housing design, particularly vertical space, on the prevalence of keel bone injuries in egg-laying hens.
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