Awarded Grants
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Optimizing Water Use in Agriculture by Stacking Conservation Practices

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $300,000

Total award amount   $600,001

Location   Logan, UT

Matching Funders   USU CAES, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, E&I Conservation District, Unitah Conservation District, North Cache Conservation District, Senninger Irrigation, Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, USU RGS

Concerns about water scarcity are mounting due to rapid urban growth, depleting groundwater supplies and water shortages from climate trends. Utah State University researchers are assessing the combined effectiveness of several methods of water optimization in agriculture, including more efficient water application and management and advanced crop genetics.

Neglected Honey Bee Interactions: Neonicotinoids, Varroa Destructor and Best Management

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $282,709

Total award amount   $615,351

Location   Auburn, AL

Matching Funders   Auburn University, Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Georgia, California State Beekeepers’ Association

Pesticides and Varroa mites, a parasite that attack honey bees, both have been shown to negatively impact honey bee reproduction. Auburn University researchers are investigating whether beekeepers can take advantage of honey bees’ multiple partner mating behavior to increase intra-colony diversity and improve resistance to pesticides

Reducing Food Waste by Reshaping Consumer Behavior Using Data-Informed, Dynamic Economic Incentives

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $590,000

Total award amount   $1,564,276

Location   Ithaca, NY

Matching Funders   Department of Food Science at Cornell University, New York State Dairy Promotion Order, Chobani

Consumers often mistakenly interpret “best-by” labels as an expiration date and prematurely discard food that is safe for consumption. Cornell University researchers are developing models that predict milk spoilage and shelf life, as well as the effectiveness of interventions that predict when food spoils and how to prevent consumers from disposing of items that are still safe.

Red Seaweed

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $50,000

Total award amount   $291,000

Location   New York, NY

Matching Funders   Elm Innovations, Schmidt Family Foundation/The 11th Hour Project, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Skaaren Trust, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

During digestion, cattle emit methane, which contributes to climate change. University of California, Davis researchers are evaluating whether feeding cows red seaweed reduces methane emissions and if the additive impacts milk production and quality.

Sustainable Control Tactics for Spotted Wing Drosophila in Tart Cherry

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $150,000

Total award amount   $300,000

Location   East Lansing, MI

Program   Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research

Matching Funders   Michigan State University Project GREEN, Michigan State University Ag Bio Research

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest that attacks a wide range of fruits, including blueberries, cherries and raspberries. Michigan State University researchers are optimizing insecticide programs against SWD, evaluating other control tactics, refining monitoring tools and developing a real-time reporting system of trapping efforts.

Towards Production of Residue-Free Healthy Fruit Crops

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $300,000

Total award amount   $600,000

Location   Prosser, WA

Matching Funders   WSU-Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, WSU- College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), WSU-CAHNRS Biological Systems Engineering Department, WSU Graduate School

Timely insect pest management is critical for quality tree fruit and wine grape production. However, consumers are increasingly alarmed by synthetic pesticide, which leave residues on produce and contaminates the environment. Washington State University researchers are developing and evaluating alternative pest management technologies that aid conventional and organic growers in reducing their reliance on broad spectrum pesticides.

Toward Responsible Pacific Bluefin Tuna Mariculture in the United States: Captive Reproduction, Hatchery Research and Product

Year Awarded  2018

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.

Value-Added and Nutritionally Superior Extruded Foods from Agricultural Waste Streams

Year Awarded  2018

FFAR award amount   $539,962

Total award amount   $1,080,767

Location   Ithaca, NY

Matching Funders   New York Apple Association, Cornell University

Much of fruit and vegetable skins, seeds, cores and stems left behind after food processing becomes a form of agricultural waste known as pomace, which has limited utility and harms the environment. Cornell University researchers are developing a technology to convert this waste into snack foods.

FFAR Awards $9.4 Million to Spur Next Leap in Agriculture: Improved Soil Health to Optimize Economic and Environmental Results for U.S. Farmers

Year Awarded  2017

FFAR award amount   $9,400,000

Total award amount   $20,000,000

Location   Morrisville, NC

Matching Funders   General Mills, the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, Monsanto (Bayer), Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation and individual donors

Soil health is a critical component of a productive and sustainable agricultural system. Farming practices that improve soil health can increase profitability while protecting natural resources like air and water for communities. The goal of this project is to support collaborative research and education that accelerates adoption and benefits of soil health management systems nationally.

Integrating Community and Modeling Efforts to Evaluate Impacts and Tradeoffs of Food System Interventions

While city-level policies are reducing food insecurity in Denver, Colorado, the state is lagging behind. Colorado State University researchers are building a computational model of the current food system to evaluate the potential for city-based food system policies and initiatives to support similar efforts throughout the state.