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2016 Forever Green Initiative Projects


Forever Green LogoThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture received $1 million of Clean Water Funds to support the Forever Green Agricultural 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.

Many of these new crops could fit into a corn and soybean rotation by providing ground cover after harvest and before next spring’s emergence. Winter annuals and cover crops grow between the time when annual crops are harvested in the fall and a new planting is established in the spring. This is the time when fields are bare, and most vulnerable to erosion and nutrient loss.

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