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Year Awarded 2017
FFAR award amount $431,999
Total award amount $431,999
Location Davis, CA
Matching Funders Open Philanthropy Project
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.
FFAR award amount $150,000
Total award amount $300,000
Location Riverside, CA
Matching Funders UCR, ISCA, California Date Commission, Bard Valley Medjool Data Growers Association
The South American Palm Weevil is threatening California's palm trees and date palm trees. ISCA Technologies and UC Riverside researchers are developing environmentally-friendly pest controls to curb the spread of weevils.
FFAR award amount $499,443
Total award amount $514,675
Location St. Paul, MN
Matching Funders DNA Genetics LLC and Open Philanthropy Project
Male piglets are castrated to improve the quality of meat for consumers, but this practice is also a concerning animal welfare issue. Recombinetics/Acceligen and Hendrix Genetics are using a genome editing method to create swine that remain in a pre-pubertal state, thus eliminating the need for surgical castration. The project aims to eliminate the need for surgical castration and improve animal health, management and meat quality.
FFAR award amount $149,136
Total award amount $299,095
Location Laramie, WY
Matching Funders University of Wyoming
Swine brucellosis is an infectious disease affecting swine and cattle that can create significant costs for livestock producers. No gold standard test exists for accurately detecting swine brucellosis in living animals. Texas A&M and University of Wyoming researchers are developing a faster, more accurate diagnostic test for detection of swine brucellosis.
Year Awarded 2016
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
Program Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research
Matching Funders North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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.
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