Below is a listing of our awarded grants that tackle big food and agriculture challenges.
33 Grants found
Conservation of an Endophytic Insect-pathogenic Fungus for Plant Protection in Organic Cropping Systems.
Perennial Crops as Soil Health Agents: Assessing Novel Crops’ Belowground Ecology in Grain-Legume Biculture
Understanding the Fundamental Mechanical Properties Governing the Flow of Lignocellulosic Biomass Particulates
A Multi-scalar, Multi-objective Approach to Sustainable Water Management within Agricultural Systems
Harnessing Multi-Trophic Chemical Ecology to Obtain Sustainable Pest Control and Improved Soil Health
Improving the water-holding capacity of dryland soils using compost, biochar, and green waste recycling.
Using Active Organic Matter Tests to Help Predict Crop Nutrient
FFAR award amount $221,541
Year Awarded 2017
Total award amount $443,082
Location Columbus, OH
Matching Funders Ohio State University
Standard soil testing can assess fertility in some fields but may fail in others. Soil organic matter, which provides a pivotal component of a healthy and functioning soil, is often neglected in fertility recommendations. Ohio State University researchers are bridging this gap by investigating three promising tests of soil active organic matter to provide insight into nutrient cycling and nutrient supply to crops. The project aims to alleviate some key obstacles that limit widespread soil health testing by farmers.
Building Soil Health Through Rotational Diversity and Soil
FFAR award amount $299,962
Year Awarded 2016
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.
Going Back to the Roots To Transform Soil Health into
FFAR award amount $285,083
Year Awarded 2016
Total award amount $570,165
Location Davis, CA
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.