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The MDA received $1.5 million of Clean Water Funds to support the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota for fiscal years 2018-2019. Thirteen research projects which focus on incorporating perennial and winter annual crops into existing agricultural practices were selected through a request for proposal process administered by the University. The MDA oversees the distribution of funds and coordinates reporting on progress results and outcomes.

The thirteen projects selected for funding in 2018-2019 are listed below.

Project Title Recipient
(University of Minnesota)
$$ Project Status
Measuring intermediate wheatgrass root growth and morphology to enhance ecosystem services, prolong grain yield, and inform plant breeding Jacob Jungers $137,000 Completed
Perennial sunflower Forever Green Initiative Robert Stupar $139,000 Completed
Enhancing wither hardiness of winter barley for end-user and environmental benefit: a blueprint for winter-hardy Forever Green crops Walid Sadok $139,000 Completed
Evaluating pennycress oilseeds for food application Baraem Pam Ismael $139,500 Completed
Optimizing the use of intermediate wheatgrass (IWG) for the baking and brewery industries George Annor $139,500 Completed
Programmable freezer for improving the winter survival of perennial crops  Eric Watkins $26,500 Completed
Field pennycress breeding project support James Anderson $137,250 Completed
Allelic diversity of kernel hardness in intermediate wheatgrass and associated variation in the protein profile James Anderson $63,700 Completed
Breeding perennial flax for unique ecosystem and high value crop services for Minnesota producers Neil Anderson $139,500 Completed
Overcoming the barriers to root initiation in hazelnut Jerry Cohen $133,000 Completed
Improving harvestable yield and production value of silphium through crop management and seed processing Kevin Smith $139,000 Completed
Soil temperature effects on SCN development in pennycress and resistance discovery Senyu Chen $136,800 Completed
Program continuation Don Wyse $30,000 Completed