Southern SARE Announces the 2021 On-farm Research Grants

March 17, 2021

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has announced the funded projects for the 2021 On-Farm Grant Program.

Southern SARE has long supported farmers in their efforts to develop new and innovative sustainable agriculture practices. On-Farm Research Grants provide opportunities for agriculture professionals working directly with farmers and ranchers. These grants focus on sustainable agriculture practices and techniques that address a particular on-farm issue.

In 2021, the SSARE Administrative council funded 10 projects totaling $197,888.

OS21-140 Introducing beneficial entomopathogenic nematodes for biological control and enhanced plant resistance to improve pest management in cucurbit crops, Texas A&M University, $20,000, Anjel Helms,

OS21-141 On-farm trials to evaluate new tomato breeding lines with verticillium wilt race 2 tolerance, North Carolina State University, $20,000, Reza Shekasteband,

OS21-142 Bridging the Fall forage gap with stockpiled limpograss along the Southern Gulf Coast, University of Florida – NFREC, $19,981, Jose Dubeux Jr.,

OS21-143 Tapping new forest farming opportunities in Central Appalachia through Black Walnut syrup production, Virginia Tech, $19,546, A. L. Hammett ,

OS21-144 Cluster protection shelter to reduce fungicide usage in conventional and organic vineyards, Virginia Tech, Mizuho Nita,

OS21-145 Southern pea (Vigna unguiculata) production under conservation tillage systems in North Carolina, University of Mt. Olive, $18,730, Kim Tungate,

OS21-146 Evaluating sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa) varieties for production in Florida, $19,708, Norma Samuel,

OS21-147 Development of a Push-Pull System in Avocado Groves in South Florida, University of Florida, $19,923, Xavier Martini,

OS21-148 Plant sap analysis as a tool to optimize fertilizer application for sustainable citrus production, University of Florida IFAS Indian River REC, $20,000, Rhuanito Ferrarezi,

OS21-149 Predicting Corn N response using Alkaline Mineralizable-Nitrogen and Haney Soil Health Tool-Nitrogen in TN, University of Tennessee, $20,000, Nutifafa Adotey,

Southern SARE is a USDA-funded program that provides funding opportunities for researchers, farmers, Cooperative Extension, NGOs, government agency personnel, and other ag professionals to conduct research in sustainable agriculture. Authorized in the 1985 Farm Bill, the mission of the SARE program is to promote sustainable agriculture practices throughout American agriculture that are profitable for the farmer, protect the environment, and promote community quality of life over the long term.

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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 GeorgiaFort 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.

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