FFAR award amount $179,826
Year Awarded 2016
Total award amount $359,652
Location Storrs, CT
Matching Funders University of Connecticut
The interactions between food and the human body are complicated. While understanding the relationship between genes and dietary nutrients is essential to human health, there is limited research on this topic. University of Connecticut researchers are investigating the effect of dairy foods on gut health to provide a understanding of molecular interactions that promote the health benefits associated with dairy consumption. This is the first in-depth study of the effect of dairy consumption on multiple levels of human physiology.
FFAR award amount $299,990
Total award amount $599,979
Location Brookings, SD
Matching Funders ADM Animal Nutrition, Antiox, Kemin Industries, PMI Nutrition Additives, Swine Health Information Center
Livestock production, including pork production, is expanding to address the growing demand for high-quality proteins. Precision feeding allows livestock producers to meet pigs’ nutrient requirements, while minimizing nutrient excretion and environmental risk. Reproductive sows represent an opportunity increase efficiency and reduce environmental costs. South Dakota State University researchers are assessing precision feeding formulations for pregnant sows to optimize reproductive performance and reduce environmental impacts.
FFAR award amount $300,000
Total award amount $600,000
Location Raleigh, NC
Matching Funders North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Program Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research
To enhance fish production and breeding, North Carolina State University researchers are using artificial intelligence to determine the genetic factors responsible heterosis, or instances of offspring performing better than their parents, in hybrid striped bass.
FFAR award amount $299,757
Total award amount $599,513
Location West Lafayette, IN
Matching Funders Purdue University
Plant root diseases can cause lower yields. Some plant varieties are resistant to root disease, but the mechanisms underlying resistance are unclear. Purdue University researchers are examining how roots mediate disease-resistance by using tomato and a soilborne bacterial pathogen as a model.
Location Davis, CA
Matching Funders Kansas State University and University of California, Davis
Projected increases in demands for food, feed and fiber will require more water. Semi-arid environments already face challenges in maintaining agricultural productivity under declining water supplies and climate change will exacerbate this challenge. University of California, Davis researchers are improving water productivity in agriculture by integrating data related to agricultural water use by several sources such as soils, weather and plant-based measurements.
FFAR award amount $299,962
Total award amount $599,923
Location East Lansing, MI
Matching Funders MSU AgBioRes
Crop rotations have been used to increase crop productivity for centuries, but little is known about how rotational diversity impacts soil microorganisms. Michigan State University researchers are addressing this research gap by studying the interactions between crop diversity, soil microorganisms and soil organic matter. The project aims to build soil health through rotational diversity and soil microorganisms.
FFAR award amount $210,618
Total award amount $421,236
Location Rochester, MI
Matching Funders Oakland University
Urban agriculture is a growing component of local and regional food systems. However, few studies focus on factors limiting crop productivity in urban environments and little is known about how insect pollinators and pests affect crop yield on urban farms. Oakland University researchers are investigating the composition of the insect community and evaluating strategies for enhancing ecosystem services provided by beneficial insects. The project aims to enhance crop pollination, pest control and yields in urban agriculture.
FFAR award amount $285,083
Total award amount $570,165
Matching Funders UC Davis Dean's Office
Soil health management practices are promoted as feasible, complementary approaches to high-input strategies to increase food production and decrease agriculture’s environmental footprint. However, the role crop plants play in using soil health to increase yields is often overlooked. University of California, Davis researchers are transforming soil health into yield by exploring the relationship between root systems, soil health and crop productivity to identify how producers can grow resilient crops using sustainable practices at scale.
Location Ithaca, NY
Matching Funders ADM Animal Nutrition, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH
When consumers make food choices, they choose between nutritional content and more immediate attributes, such as taste. Cornell University researchers are promoting healthier food choices by highlighting certain attributes of food choices through laboratory and field experiments.
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