USDA announces 40 grants for agricultural research

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Research grants total more than $15.7 million.
 
WASHINGTON — The US Dept. of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 40 grants totaling more than $15.7 million for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork, and fish that people consume. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

 

“To ensure a healthy and safe food supply, we need innovations,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA investments help foster the discovery and translation of new knowledge into science-based management practices to help America’s agricultural enterprises thrive and meet growing consumer demand.”

The AFRI is a grants program for foundational and translational research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The program supports research in several areas, including animal breeding, reproduction, nutrition, and growth. These grants help improve the quality and efficiency of animal production in a variety of ways, such as through the creation of genetic databases, enhanced breeding methods, and research on the cellular, molecular, genetic, or whole-animal aspects of reproduction, nutrition, growth, and lactation.

The fiscal year 2016 grants include those listed below. 

Tools and Resources - Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics

  • Auburn Univ., Auburn, Alabama, $500,000
  • Univ. of California, Davis, California, $460,000
  • Univ. of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, $500,000
  • Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa, $420,000
  • Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $500,000
  • Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, $500,000
  • Gordon Research Conferences, West Kingston, Rhode Island, $25,000
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas, $25,000

Animal Reproduction 

  • Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colorado, $465,000
  • Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $480,000
  • Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa, $460,000
  • Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, $480,000
  • Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, $5,000
  • Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State, Mississippi, $150,000
  • Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, $465,000
  • Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, $480,000
  • Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, $480,000
  • Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York, $480,000
  • Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, Pennsylvania, $460,000
  • Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, Pennsylvania, $480,000
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, $370,000
  • Utah State Univ., Logan, Utah, $480,000
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, Virginia, $480,000 

Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation

  • Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, $489,800
  • Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, $467,500
  • Univ. of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, $499,626
  • Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, $28,000
  • Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Indiana, $483,000
  • Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, Kansas, $483,500
  • Univ. of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, $484,000
  • Univ. of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Frostburg, Maryland, $148,422
  • Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri,$481,000
  • North Dakota State Univ., Fargo, North Dakota, $150,000
  • Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York, $484,000
  • Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York, $484,000
  • The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio, $484,000
  • Texas A&M Univ., Kingsville, Texas, $150,000
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, Virginia, $500,000
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, Virginia, $484,000
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, Virginia, $337,500

More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website.

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