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2017 Forever Green Projects

Forever Green LogoOn June 1, 2016, the Forever Green Agricultural Initiative issued a University of Minnesota internal request for proposals (RFP) for research projects that focus on the development of perennial and winter annual crops and cropping systems for addressing Minnesota agriculture’s productivity, efficiency and adaptability to variable climates. A total of 24 proposals were received.

A committee composed of eight University of Minnesota faculty members from the departments of Agronomy and Plant Genetics; Applied Economics; Horticultural Sciences; Soil, Water and Climate; and Food Science and Nutrition, served as reviewers. Two of the members of the committee are USDA employees with adjunct appointments to the University. In addition one member of the Minnesota farming community participated in the review by reading and then sending in comments for consideration. Each of the 24 proposals were reviewed and scored by each of the eight committee members, based on review criteria as stated in the RFP.

On September 9, 2016, a subset of four committee members, plus one University of Minnesota staff member and one staff member from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, met to discuss and make recommendations for funding. To address any potential conflicts of interest, any review committee member who also served as Principal Investigator or co-investigator on a proposal to this RFP were not invited to attend the discussion, nor were they allowed to make any funding recommendations. The committee presented recommendations to Greg Cuomo, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Don Wyse, Professor of Agronomy and Principal Investigator on the Forever Green Initiative. Associate Dean Cuomo and Professor Wyse made final funding decisions.

Project Title Recipient
(University of Minnesota)
$$ Project Status
Accelerate the Improvement of Intermediate Wheatgrass in Grain Yield and Fusarium Resistance Using Genomic Selection James Anderson $171,125 Active
Breeding for Oil Quality in Field Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.), a New Winter Annual Cover and Oilseed Crop James Anderson $111,134 Active
Furthering Hazelnut Breeding and Agronomic Research at the University of Minnesota Lois Braun $57,596 Active
Evaluation of Pennycress for Host Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode Senyu Chen $104,763 Active
Chemical, Structural, and Flavor Changes During Extended Storage of Whole, Partially Refined, and Refined Intermediate Wheatgrass Flour Baraem Ismail $131,655 Active
Launching a Breeding Program for Camelina (Camelina sativa), a Winter Annual Cover Crop with Potential to Increase Production of Food, Feed, and Fuel David Marks $150,000 Active
Harvest Timing and Techniques to Optimize Kernza Grain Yield and Grain Quality Craig Sheaffer $109,779 Active
Expanding the Footprint: New Cropping System Opportunities for Forever Green Crops Scott Wells $132,000 Active
Provide Technical Support for Forever Green Initiative Perennial Cropping System and Perennial Crop Breeding Programs Donald Wyse $31,948 Active