2017 Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grants Funded
GRIFFIN, Georgia – Evaluating on-farm use of multi-species cover crops, using covers to reduce fungicides in organic wine production, and developing non-chemical weed control strategies for container nursery growers are just some of the On-Farm Research Grants funded for FY2017 by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program.
On-Farm Research Grants are one of several grants offered by Southern SARE to promote sustainable agriculture practices across the Southern region. On-Farm Research Grants are specifically for Extension agents, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, university researchers and non-governmental organizations that conduct on-farm research with one or more farmer/rancher collaborators. Research results are designed to help the farmers they work with find solutions to various agricultural production issues.
Total funding for the projects is $149,417. The 2017 On-Farm Research Grants funded include:
OS17-101 Amblyseius swirksii Athias-Henriot for Control of Arthropod Pests in Wood Ornamental Propagation, $14,872, Tennessee State University, Karla Addesso, email@example.com
OS17-102 Scale Management to Promote Sustainable Southeastern Peach Production, $14,985, University of Georgia, Brett Blaauw, firstname.lastname@example.org
OS17-103 Integrating Cropping Practices to Improve Nutrient Management Plans and Ensure Environmental and Economic Sustainability in Dairy Farming Systems, $15,000, Virginia Tech, Gonzalo Ferreira, email@example.com
OS17-104 Evaluating the Effect of Biological Control and Planting Mixed Varieties to Manage Whitefly and Aphid Pests in Organic Squash, $14,821, University of Florida, Oscar Liburd, firstname.lastname@example.org
OS17-105 Evaluating On-farm Use of Multi-species Cover Crops, $15,000, NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, Michelle Lovejoy, email@example.com
OS17-106 Developing Sustainable and New Alternative Non-chemical Weed Control Strategies for Container Nursery Growers, $15,000, University of Florida, Stephen Christopher Marble, firstname.lastname@example.org
OS17-107 Use of Protective Covers to Reduce Fungicide Usages in Organic Wine Grape Production in Virginia, $15,000, Virginia Tech, Mizuho Nita, email@example.com
OS17-108 Using Mycorrhizal Fungi to Improve Soil Health and Increase Yield in Organic Vegetable Farms, $14,995, University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, Alexis Racelis, firstname.lastname@example.org
OS17-109 Identification of Factors Involved in Peach Skin Streaking, $15,000, Clemson University, Guido Schnabel, email@example.com
OS17-110 Farmers’ Evaluation of Cover Crop Effects on Sandy Soils in the Suwannee River Basin in North Florida, $14,744, University of Florida, Patrick Troy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maximum funding for projects is $15,000 for up to two years.
The Calls for Proposals for On-Farm Research Grants are released each September, with grant announcements made the following March.
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.