The MDA received $1 million of General Funds to support the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota for fiscal year 2017. Nine 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 nine projects selected for funding in 2017 are listed below.
(University of Minnesota)
|Accelerate the Improvement of Intermediate Wheatgrass in Grain Yield and Fusarium Resistance Using Genomic Selection||James Anderson||$171,125||Completed|
|Breeding for Oil Quality in Field Pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.), a New Winter Annual Cover and Oilseed Crop||James Anderson||$111,134||Completed|
|Furthering Hazelnut Breeding and Agronomic Research at the University of Minnesota||Lois Braun||$57,596||Completed|
|Evaluation of Pennycress for Host Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode||Senyu Chen||$104,763||Completed|
|Chemical, Structural, and Flavor Changes During Extended Storage of Whole, Partially Refined, and Refined Intermediate Wheatgrass Flour||Baraem Ismail||$131,655||Completed|
|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||Completed|
|Harvest Timing and Techniques to Optimize Kernza Grain Yield and Grain Quality||Craig Sheaffer||$109,779||Completed|
|Expanding the Footprint: New Cropping System Opportunities for Forever Green Crops||Scott Wells||$132,000||Completed|
|Provide Technical Support for Forever Green Initiative Perennial Cropping System and Perennial Crop Breeding Programs||Donald Wyse||$31,948||Completed|