Aug 28, 2017Specialty crop projects funded by USDA
Twelve university specialty crop research projects received $35 million from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant awards were made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, according to a news release, and authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, $2.5 million: developing disease-resistant spinach varieties;
- University of California-Santa Cruz, $2.5 million: integrating anaerobic soil disinfestation, crop rotation and variety for disease management in strawberry production;
- University of California-Davis, $4,5 million: disease resistance breeding and management solutions for strawberries;
- Colorado State University, Fort Collins, $2,5 million: integrating next-generation technologies for blackleg and soft rot management in potatoes;
- University of Georgia, Athens, $45,470: promoting systems-based extension research on gardens;
- Michigan State University, East Lansing, $3.2 million: developing a sustainable stevia industry in the U.S.;
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, $5.5 million: increasing low-input turf grass adoption;
- Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $6.5 million: accelerating grapevine cultivar development;
- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, $4.4 million: sustainable, systems-based approach for a safer and haealthier melon supply chain;
- Texas A&M University, $3.3 million: development of genetic analytical tools for polyploid crop plants;
- Texas A&M University, $46,550: systematic strategies to manage crapemyrtle bark scale, an emerging exotic pest; and
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, $46,550: high-throughput sensing for potato production and breeding.