The MDA received $1 million of Clean Water Funds to support the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota for fiscal year 2016. Eleven 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 eleven projects selected for funding in 2016 are listed below.
(University of Minnesota)
|Advanced Management Practices for Enhancing Profitability of Intermediate Wheatgrass||Craig Shaeffer||$98,233||Completed|
|Advancing Hazelnut Micro-Propagation||Jerry Cohen||$125,000||Completed|
|Agronomics Development of Winter Annual Oilseeds in a Field Corn Production System||Scott Wells||$149,764||Completed|
|Developing Genomic Resources for Helianthus divaricatus to facilitate the Development of Perennial Sunflower for Food Protection and Wildlife Services||Yaniv Brandvain||$80,652||Completed|
|Effect of Cover Crops on Water Use and Nitrogen Leaching in Corn and Soybean Cropping Systems||Axel Garcia y Garcia||$50,000||Completed|
|Effect of Refinement and Dough Conditioners on the Quality of Intermediate Wheatgrass for Food Applications||Baraem Ismail||$125,000||Completed|
|Field Pennycress Breeding Project Support||Jim Anderson||$90,132||Completed|
|Integrating Winter Annual Cover Crops into Corn and Soybean Rotations in Minnesota||Gregg Johnson||$55,180||Completed|
|Intermediate Wheatgrass Breeding Support using Phenotypic and Genotypic-based Selection Methods||Jim Anderson||$51,615||Completed|
|Population Dynamics of Soybean Cyst Nematode in Winter Annual Oilseeds||Senyu Chen||$94,424||Completed|
|Sustaining Hazelnut Breeding and Agronomic Research at the University of Minnesota||Lois Braun||$80,000||Completed|