Federal Fiscal Year 2020

Organization Name, Principal Investigator Industry Sectors or Specific Specialty Crops Targeted Project Summary & Link(s) to Results Federal Award Amount (Approx.)

Hmong American Farmers Association,
Dao Yang

Ginger, day-neutral strawberries

This project focuses on training small-scale, immigrant Hmong farmers on best practice growing methods for ginger and low tunnel day-neutral strawberries, increasing regional availability, and improving farmers’ economic returns.

$98K

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy,
Erin McKee VanSlooten

Specialty crops for child nutrition programs

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy will support and evaluate the implementation of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s pilot grant program reimbursing schools and early care providers for purchases from local farmers.

$88K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture,
Angie Ambourn, cooperator Brian Aukema

Christmas trees

The exotic elongate hemlock scale was found in Minnesota on imported Christmas trees in 2018 and 2019. This project’s purpose is to determine the potential of this insect to survive in Minnesota and its impact on this important specialty crop.

$95K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture,
Paul Hugunin

Fruits, vegetables, garlic, hops, Christmas trees, nursery crops, honey, maple syrup

This project increases sales of Minnesota specialty crops through statewide marketing, including search engine advertising, promoted social media posts and social media advertising, and specialty crop advertising in the printed Minnesota Grown Directory.

$100K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture,
Valerie Gamble

Fruit and vegetables

Produce Safety Program staff will help produce growers understand the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule by offering grower trainings at a reduced cost and help growers implement on-farm food safety improvements through a mini-grant opportunity.

$100K

Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association,
Beth Nelson

Broccoli

This project will screen for black rot (Xanthamonas campestris pv. campestris) resistant/tolerant cultivars of spring and fall broccoli to address the persistent black rot disease which has resulted in up to 90% yield loss for fresh market growers.

$34K

University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships,
Greg Schweser

Tomatoes

This project seeks to expand the Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWG) production season by incorporating tomatoes for late spring/early summer markets. The project also includes a DWG tomato profitability analysis and outreach on DWG production.

$100K

University of Minnesota Extension,
Annalisa Hultberg

Fruits and vegetables

University of Minnesota Extension will provide Good Agricultural Practices education, materials, and technical assistance to Minnesota produce growers to reduce risks and increase market access and to schools to increase local produce purchasing and consumption in farm-to-cafeteria and school garden programs.

$100K

University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center,
Ian MacRae

Potatoes

This project assesses and develops controls for mechanical, and biological factors that help spread Potato Virus Y, a disease limiting the yield and quality of seed potatoes and threatening the Minnesota commercial potato industry.

$90K

University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center,
Steven R. Poppe

Apples, raspberries, grapes, aronia berries, and honeyberries

Grass weed control in orchards and vineyards will be achieved without chemicals using high-velocity abrasive grits derived from residues of Minnesota-based natural products.

$81K

University of Minnesota,
Alan G. Smith

All specialty crops

This project will identify grower and consumer barriers to adoption of biotechnology (genetically engineered or gene-edited) improved specialty crops in Minnesota to reveal opportunities that improve efficiency and quality of specialty crop production.

$99K

University of Minnesota,
Eric Watkins

Turfgrass

This project will make use of genomic approaches to improve a low input turfgrass species, strong creeping red fescue, for enhanced sod-forming ability.

$92K

University of Minnesota,
Matthew Clark

Grapes

This project will explore high-throughput techniques for measuring fruit quality combined with genetic mapping to improve the efficiency of developing new cold-hardy hybrid grapes and improve production practices and sustainability for Minnesota farmers.

$99K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2019

Organization Name, Principal Investigator Project Summary & Link(s) to Results Federal Award Amount (Approx.)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Angie Ambourn Minnesota’s brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) populations continue to increase, this project seeks to expand monitoring within Minnesota apple orchards to identify emerging problem areas and lay the groundwork for implementation of biological control. Read more at BMSB in Minnesota Apple Orchards and Varietal Impacts. $81K
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Danielle Daugaard This campaign increases revenue for apple growers by developing the market for new early season apple varieties at retail orchards and grocery stores. It builds on a previous Specialty Crop Block Grant. $84K
Minnesota Grown Promotion Group, Inc, Danielle Daugaard This project increases sales of Minnesota specialty crops through statewide marketing, including sponsored search advertising (pay-per-click), promoted social media posts, and promotion of specific specialty crops in the printed directory. Visit the online Minnesota Grown Directory to find specialty crops grown in Minnesota. $93K
Renewing the Countryside II, Jan Joannides Having refined a model where Farmers’ Markets serve as Aggregation hubs for sales of specialty crops to wholesale markets, this phase of the project garners community support to drive sales to a level that ensures long-term success of the model. Find more information and manuals on the Minnesota Farmers' Market Hubs page. $99K
Sustainable Farming Association, Theresa Keaveny The Sustainable Farming Association will increase profitability of farmers and beginning farmers by increasing premium garlic production, training farmers on best garlic growing/marketing practices, expanding markets and supply chains, and researching improved cultivation methods. $73K
The Good Acre The Good Acre will help growers improve record-keeping, prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act, and partner with a group of higher ed and healthcare institutions to develop inventory-distribution systems to expand institutional sales for beginning and underserved farmers. $98K
University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Kathryn Draeger University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships will work with Minnesota specialty crop farmers and rural grocery stores to increase Minnesota specialty crop farmer access to larger regional markets by opening new farm-to-rural-grocery market channels. $54K
University of Minnesota - Dept. of Horticultural Science, Stan Hokanson This project will determine the phytochemical differences between susceptible and resistant specialty crop cultivars and the correlation of metabolomic and genomic information to develop new control measures for Japanese beetle in specialty crops. $99K
University of Minnesota Extension, Annie Klodd Develop the young Minnesota cider apple industry by identifying apple cultivars that are well adapted and produce desirable cider traits, and by educating Minnesota orchardists and winemakers on the best practices for high-quality cider products. $94K
University of Minnesota Northwest Research & Outreach Center, Ian MacRae This project proposes to develop tactics that will provide better risk estimates and management of Potato Virus Y, a disease limiting the yield and quality of seed potatoes and threatening the Minnesota commercial potato industry. $75K
University of Minnesota West Central Research & Outreach Center, Steve Poppe The project goal is to expand day-neutral strawberry production in Minnesota by evaluating a tabletop system that increases labor efficiency, reduces inputs, and allows for crop production on marginal land. Read this blog post and watch this video to learn more. $97K
University of Minnesota, Dr. Carl J. Rosen This project will improve potato production sustainability in the Midwest through development of a new clone with improved tuber quality, long-term storage, and reduced chemical use. The clone will be evaluated for commercial production potential. $99K
University of Minnesota, Gary Muehlbauer We will identify wild hop germplasm that confers field-level resistance to powdery mildew and enhanced agronomic potential. In addition, we will identify genetic markers associated with powdery mildew resistance for use in breeding. $46K
University of Minnesota, Lois Braun With this project, we will begin scale-up of the Upper Midwest hazelnut industry by expanding micropropagation capacity for our 1st Generation hybrid hazelnut selections to enable faster distribution of plants to growers. $21K
University of Minnesota, Mary Rogers This project will investigate fertility optimization, cultivar selection, and biocompatibility of insecticides with biological control to develop integrated pest management practices for local hydroponic vegetable crop industries. Find out more on Extension's small-scale hydroponics website. $95K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2018

Organization Name Project Summary & Link(s) to Results Federal Award Amount (Approx.)
Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc., Stephen Carpenter Farmers’ Legal Action Group will author, publish, and conduct ten workshops with six partners over two years on a "Specialty Crop Farmers’ & Marketers’ Guide to the Food Safety Modernization Act," targeting socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers. $75K
Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Michael Neumann Initiative to reduce health disparities in Native American communities by improving production of health targeted sweet potato and increasing access to sweet potato through education and design of value-added baby food and maternal health products. $75K
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Danielle Daugaard This campaign increases revenue for apple growers by developing the market for new, early season apple varieties at retail orchards and grocery stores. $45K
Minnesota Farmers' Market Association, Kathy Zeman Minnesota specialty crop grower organizations will collaborate to converge their annual conferences into one annual conference, maximizing educational efforts and minimizing costs. $55K
Minnesota Grown Promotion Group, Danielle Daugaard This project increases sales of Minnesota specialty crops through statewide marketing including sponsored search advertising (pay-per-click), promoted social media posts, and promotion of specific specialty crops in the printed directory. Visit the online Minnesota Grown Directory to find specialty crops grown in Minnesota. $94K
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association, Hannah Mathers The overall goal of this project is to reduce the incidence of drift and carryover injury in Minnesota nurseries by finding the levels and times of applications of glyphosate and dicamba that are least problematic to nursery stock. $100K
Organic Seed Alliance, Kitt Healy This project improves the quality and availability of sweet peppers adapted to Minnesota organic agriculture while increasing farmers’ capacity to do on-farm breeding projects and engage with grassroots efforts to strengthen the regional seed system. $60K
Renewing the Countryside II, Jan Joannides This project builds upon and enhances the Farmers’ Market Aggregation project that develops new sales for specialty crop farmers to wholesale buyers. In addition, we will conduct a financial analysis to evaluate the sustainability of this system. Find more information and manuals on the Minnesota Farmers' Market Hubs page. $99K
Sustainable Farming Association, Theresa Keaveny The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA) will work with beginning and operating farmers to increase production of asparagus in Minnesota through improved soil health practices and expand supply chain networks and markets. See the SFA's Minnesota Asparagus Project and the Growing Asparagus in Minnesota guide for more information. $52K
University of Minnesota, Greg Schweser Researchers will improve Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG) designs, create business planning and financing tools, and conduct workshops in winter production. Check out the DWG Enterprise Budget and Estimator and the Farm Scale Winter Greenhouse construction document. $100K
University of Minnesota, Changbin Chen This project will investigate several aspects of goji berry as a new crop for Minnesota farmers, including selecting elite traits, developing techniques for clonal propagation, establishing a long-term trial location(s), and breeding for new cultivars. $100K
University of Minnesota, Ian MacRae This is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to develop drone-based remote sensing techniques for Potato Virus Y, a severely limiting disease in seed potato production. $99K
University of Minnesota, William D. Hutchinson The Department of Entomology will develop new early warning forecast tools for specialty crop (raspberry, grape) growers in Minnesota to aid in managing the invasive Japanese beetle that has recently been defoliating these crops. $98K
University of Minnesota, Matthew Clark Quantification and evaluation of the effects of soil (terroir) and harvest timing on two cold-hardy hybrid grape varieties, Marquette and Brianna, grown in Minnesota and North Dakota. Find out more in this webinar series, What to do now in the vineyard. $93K
University of Minnesota, Anne Sawyer This project provides food safety education and technical assistance to Minnesota specialty crop growers, helping them prepare for Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule implementation through creation of an online Good Agricultural Practices training program and in-person workshops. See the Food Safety Fact Sheets created with this grant. $91K
University of Minnesota, Cindy Tong This project will test cellphone record-keeping app designs and improve a Beta version to produce a version that can be released to farmers to help them comply with requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. $36K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2017

Grantee Project Summary & Link(s) to Results Project Total (Approx.)

Cook County Community Center / Extension

The purpose of the project is to assess the economic impact of growing local cut flowers and to identify their niche markets along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

$14K

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

To continue our successful Farm to Head Start program that brings fresh, healthy, local specialty crops into early care settings, and to begin bringing specialty crops to summer food programs through leveraging our Head Start partnerships. Read more about the Farm to Early Care process.

$100K

Minnesota Certified Seed Potato Growers Association

Implement marketing strategies to increase industry awareness of the quality and variety of Minnesota grown certified seed potatoes to increase sales and industry reach.

$15K

Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

The Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association will strengthen Minnesota’s specialty crop industry by providing tailored on-farm instruction in production, marketing and financial management, and networking opportunities for beginning growers.

$71K

Minnesota Grown Promotion Group

This project increases sales of Minnesota specialty crops through statewide marketing including sponsored search advertising (pay-per-click), promoted social media posts, and promotion of specific specialty crops in the printed directory. Visit the online Minnesota Grown Directory to find specialty crops grown in Minnesota.

$80K

Renewing the Countryside II

Farmers often have the capacity to produce more specialty crops than can be sold to individual customers at farmers' markets, so this project will help vendors expand sales and income streams by having market managers facilitate wholesale sales (also called aggregation). Find more information and manuals on the Minnesota Farmers' Market Hubs page.

$99K

Sustainable Farming Association

The Sustainable Farming Association will increase the profitability of farmers and beginning farmers by increasing premium garlic production, training farmers on best garlic growing/marketing practices, expanding markets and supply chains, and researching improved cultivation methods. Learn more on the Minnesota Premium Garlic Project website.

$100K

The Good Acre

With 1:1 business development and on-farm production and food safety technical assistance, The Good Acre and partners will increase farmer readiness to access wholesale markets and increase farm sales of Minnesota-grown specialty crops. Watch videos about the On-Farm Good Agricultural Practices Education Program to learn more.

$99K

University of Minnesota

Determination of the effects of nitrogen fertilization, seed source, and plant community on the production of beneficial phytochemicals in fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) for use in natural care products.

$51K

University of Minnesota

This project will increase native grass sales and improve public knowledge and awareness of the benefits of native grasses through an educational program, customer surveys, and point of sale displays at many garden centers in Minnesota. Visit the Native Grasses as Pollinator Food website for more information.

$57K

University of Minnesota

Optimum harvest and postharvest periods, traits affecting consumer appeal, and consumer preference will be determined for kiwiberry varieties adapted to Minnesota. Find out more at the University of Minnesota Fruit Research: Kiwiberry website.

$91K

University of Minnesota

In order to extend the season for cool season crops and marketing opportunities for farmers, we will use shading in low tunnels and pre-chilling to improve field production of locally grown lettuce and cauliflower with flavor acceptable to consumers.

$93K

University of Minnesota

This project will optimize the methodologies to advance the techniques necessary to efficiently produce seedless table grape breeding lines for cold-hardy climates.

$97K

University of Minnesota

To sustainably control weeds in perennial fruit plantings, the University of Minnesota will investigate the use of decomposable grit applied via an air blast sprayer with the long-term goal of enhancing economic and environmental sustainability.

$97K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2016

Grantee Project Summary Project Total (Approx.)

Central Lakes College

Evaluate the cost savings and effectiveness of in-furrow fungicide and starter fertilizer and top dress applications of nitrogen to increase seed yield and quality of dry edible beans.

$36K

The Good Acre

Help small-scale farms increase sales of specialty crops by providing food safety training to member farms as well as aggregation, distribution, and logistical services that would enable them to access wholesale markets; develop plans that all small-scale farms can use to add necessary infrastructure to become Good Agricultural Practice certified; and to develop food safety curriculum and industry models that will be shared around the state.

$94K

Jim Gehrke/Minnesota Valley Action Council

Protect the investment already made in existing food hubs by facilitating the rapid growth necessary for each to reach a self-sustaining level of development.

$100K

Latino Economic Development Center

Develop a pilot project to guide immigrant farmers in the efficient production of salad mix using specialized equipment and high-tunnel production for sale to chef-driven restaurants.

$25K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Increase market access opportunity, sales, and new distribution relationships for Minnesota specialty crop sellers and organizations.

$72K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Assess their distribution of pests as well as incidence/abundance and help growers monitor for them to mitigate losses.

$94K

Minnesota Grown Promotion Group

Increase sales and competitiveness of Minnesota specialty crops through sponsored search advertising, increased exposure for specific specialty crops in the printed Minnesota Grown Directory, and development and distribution of new promotional materials for vegetable growers.

$74K

Sweetland Orchard

Assess the suitability of growing 12 cider apple varieties on two different rootstocks at eight geographically and climactically distinct locations in Minnesota.

$32K

University of Minnesota

Develop research-based management programs for Colorado potato beetle that exclude neonicotinoid insecticides. These programs will incorporate defoliation-based thresholds, new scouting methods, and resistance management tactics.

$95K

University of Minnesota

Provide research-based information to specialty crop producers regarding the benefits of legume cover crops in rotation with vegetable crops and extend this information to immigrant farmer communities.

$99K

University of Minnesota

Improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Minnesota fruit producers by developing an improved pest alert warning system for the highly damaging economic pest, the Spotted Winged Drosophila.

$50K

University of Minnesota

Development of novel tomato varieties and hybrids to meet the need of growers who reside in north and short season locations, providing locally grown fresh tomatoes to these areas.

$50K

University of Minnesota

Build supply chains to increase access to the University of Minnesota’s new or improved specialty crops [edible dry beans, organic potatoes, and hazelnuts].

$100K

University of Minnesota

Increase awareness of and demonstrate Deep Winter Greenhouse technology including production of an online training manual and workshops.

$50K

University of Minnesota

Improve potato production sustainability in the Midwest through validation of biochemical markers to predict sugar end development under field conditions for better storage management.

$50K

University of Minnesota

Develop sustainable mechanisms to harvest ginkgo seeds for medicine and food, thereby preventing the removal of mature female ginkgo trees that produce malodorous seeds in the urban environment.

$25K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2015

Grantee Project Summary Project Total (Approx.)

Central Lakes College

Help meet the growing need for technical support for the wine and grape growing industries in Minnesota and to lead the effort to negotiate and implement rules concerning the Food Safety and Modernization Act by educating winemakers and grape growers and giving them access to personalized instruction from a seasoned professional.

$97K

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Increase the local sale of Minnesota grown specialty crops in the childcare marketplace through technical assistance and outreach to Minnesota’s 33 county-level Head Start programs, including coordination with farmers, distribution and processing partners, and Head Start staff.

$90K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Increase demand and market access for Minnesota specialty crops with potential for wholesale distribution through promotional assistance at domestic trade shows such as the National Restaurant Association.

$42K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Gather key data directly from actual customers of Minnesota specialty crop growers, including demographics, distance traveled, amount spent, reasons for choosing the farm they did, social media usage, and other key market data.

$75K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Increase the awareness and consumption of locally produced specialty crops by creating new specialty crop educational materials and professional development opportunities for teachers including videos, a lesson booklet, and a student AgMag.

$74K

Minnesota Farm Winery Association

Increase awareness and sales of Minnesota wine made from Minnesota grown grapes, fruit, and honey by promoting Minnesota wineries as “points of destination” for travel/tourism, community-based business meetings, and social/recreational gatherings.

$70K

Minnesota Food Association

Increase the marketability of traditional Asian, African, and Latino crops by developing, evaluating, and eventually providing training on techniques to improve the efficiency of these crops.

$83K

Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Better equip fruit and vegetable producers for economic success by providing them with production and marketing information to make them more competitive in local markets, offering them strategies to increase customer loyalty and ways to effectively use social media to maintain and create connections, and conducting a beginning grower workshop to help new vegetable growers build a foundation for success.

$41K

Minnesota Grown Promotion Group

Development and distribution of new promotional materials for vegetable growers and honey producers, development of a new series of videos promoting specialty crops, sponsored search advertising, search engine optimization, and increased exposure for specific specialty crops in the printed Minnesota Grown Directory.

$99K

North Dakota State University

Increase potato production by working to eradicate potato emergence disorder by determining whether the interaction between the root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans and fungal pathogen Fusarium oxysporum is the cause of this problem.

$99K

Renewing the Countryside

Improve local producers’ access to new, institutional markets for edible specialty crops by providing regional farmer-buyer networking events that include food safety and local food procurement introductory workshops and by putting farm-to-cafeteria enhancement teams in place to develop the skills of buyers to purchase from specialty crop producers.

$98K

Seven Songs Organic Farm

Expand production of ginger and turmeric by testing a cost-efficient model for growing ginger (and turmeric which has similar requirements) in the Upper Midwest, while also creating better crop rotation, lowering overhead costs, and meeting public demand for this high-value specialty crop.

$52K

University of Minnesota

Provide needed food safety technical assistance and education to specialty crop growers in Minnesota using innovative and experiential learning opportunities including on-farm workshops, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, participation in national food safety courses, and a new online food safety plan short course.

$97K

University of Minnesota

Increase consumer knowledge on the benefits of native grasses, especially as larval food for pollinators, while increasing sales and use of native grasses through point-of-purchase marketing and educational materials at five garden centers in Minnesota.

$76K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2014

Grantee Project Summary Project Total (Approx.)

Central Lakes College

Provide Minnesota Wineries with a quality testing program which would monitor wine quality, reward quality wines with an approved label, and increase sales of Minnesota grown wines through market expansion.

$48K

Cooperative Development Services

Increase specialty crop farmer knowledge of financial metrics pertinent to various food hub models by obtaining regional specialty crop-based food hub metrics, assessing the desires of Minnesota-based specialty crop participants, developing proforma templates for several types and scales of businesses, and disseminating the findings to specialty crop producers via web access and group seminars.

$37K

Farm Commons

Help specialty crop farmers understand techniques for negotiating and drafting sales agreements that help all parties achieve their goals and comply with emerging regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

$43K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Minnesota fruit producers by determining the best Integrated Pest Management practices for the economically damaging and invasive pest, the Spotted Winged Drosophila.

$100K

Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Strengthen the specialty crop industry and local foods movement by providing comprehensive, individualized production and management instruction for beginning fruit and vegetable growers.

$79K

Minnesota Grape Growers Association

Provide growers of cold-hardy grapes information, techniques, and best viticultural practices for growing high quality, cold-hardy grapes for maximum economic gain and personal satisfaction by developing a publication and accompanying videos.

$48K

Minnesota Grown Promotion Group

Increase sales by creating innovative new promotional materials for wineries and vegetable growers, by creating new ads promoting apples, Christmas trees and berries, and by providing detailed information regarding apples, Christmas trees, pumpkins, berries and wineries in 170,000 copies of the Minnesota Grown Directory.

$99K

North Dakota State University

Reduce lost profits and wasted food through the identification of blemish problems commonly found in tuber potatoes and develop agronomic practices.

$90K

Renewing the Countryside

Help specialty crop producers grow their businesses in a manner that leads to expanded specialty crop sales and increased profitability and sustainability by providing them with customized assistance.

$94K

Sustainable Farming Association

Grow the demand and the supply of locally produced herbs through targeted producer and consumer testing and educational initiatives.

$53K

Third Sector New England

Research and test the market for cosmetically imperfect fruit and vegetables “seconds” grown by small and mid-size farmers in Minnesota through in-depth research with Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers and fresh-cut processors as well as market testing with area colleges and universities.

$96K

University of Minnesota

Enhance economic and environmental sustainability of strawberry production by investigating innovative production systems that couple new strawberry cultivars with innovative organic production methods and educating specialty crop growers on using these systems to extend the season until October.

$83K

University of Minnesota

Encourage rural grocers to purchase locally grown specialty crops by developing a how-to guide for specialty crop farmers to sell their produce to rural grocers, developing a produce handling toolkit and deliver on-site training for rural grocers, and developing a local food buying guide.

$70K

University of Minnesota

Create research-based management recommendations for leaf mold of high tunnel tomatoes by conducting research to characterize the biology and life cycle of the leaf mold pathogen, Passalora fulva, identify potential sources of the pathogen, and determine the ability of the pathogen to overwinter in Minnesota high tunnels.

$99K

University of Minnesota

Reduce losses from downy mildew and sustain a viable hop industry by characterizing diseases of hops in Minnesota, evaluating management options for hop downy mildew control, and educating hop growers about viral and fungal diseases of hops and their management.

$99K

University of Minnesota

Develop an in-field method of using spectral reflectance and chlorophyll content to determine potential infection of seed potato plants by Potato Virus Y, a viral disease of potatoes which, if present, precludes certification of seed potatoes, negatively impacting their commercial value.

$100K

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Federal Fiscal Year 2013

Grantee Project Summary Project Total (Approx.)

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Increase purchasing from Minnesota’s specialty crop growers by the childcare and school sectors through outreach activities to increase grower’s knowledge of how to sell to childcare programs, curriculum dissemination on how to incorporate farm to school into classrooms, and the development of a formal network.

$79K

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Increase producer awareness of specialty crop enterprises and opportunities, increase profitability, diversify the agricultural landscape and enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities by developing and running farmer-to-farmer radio broadcasts highlighting 12 Minnesota specialty crop producers and their successes.

$30K

Minnesota Food Association

Engage in a strategic development process to explore the need and potential for offering additional "food hub" services such as aggregation, sales and distribution to beginning and immigrant farmers growing organic vegetables in the Twin Cities.

$40K

Minnesota Grown Promotion Group

Increase sales of Minnesota specialty crops by promoting and improving the printed and online versions of the Minnesota Grown Directory; creating innovative new promotional materials for wineries, vegetable growers and nurseries/garden centers; and creating a public television feature program highlighting specialty crops.

$99K

Renewing the Countryside

Expand markets and increase sales of specialty crops in southern Minnesota by conducting a local foods tradeshow to connect buyers and producers, local foods expo, and creative marketing campaigns.

$68K

Sweetland Orchard

Increase understanding of the market demands for cider varieties by measuring the state of Minnesota’s hard cider industry through annual surveys of the state’s hard cider producers and sharing results with the Minnesota Farm Winery Association, the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and the Minnesota Apple Growers Association.

$10K

University of Minnesota

Improve producers’ knowledge of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and food safety practices by providing technical assistance, education, and tools necessary to support increased adoption of GAPS by specialty crop growers, including Hmong growers.

$88K

University of Minnesota

Ensure public food safety of locally grown leafy greens by enhancing farmer training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), studying current on-farm postharvest practices and their effects on greens' bacterial loads, and consulting with farmers on the feasibility of GAPs recommendations.

$88K

University of Minnesota

Evaluation of microbial inoculants and soil carbon amendments for their efficacy alone and in combination in reducing incidence and severity of scab, verticillium wilt, and other soilborne diseases of potato.

$94K

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