Report: USDA Awards $4.8 Million to Support Critical Agricultural Research and Extension Projects

June 8, 2017

From the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Daily Bulletin:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  June 7, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $4.8 million to support 17 research and extension grants that address critically important problems in U.S. agriculture. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“America's agricultural systems are constantly exposed to biological and environmental threats,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These NIFA investments in user-inspired projects bring together researchers, extension experts, and practitioners to find solutions that can be rapidly adopted by the agricultural community.”

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is America’s flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The AFRI program area Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) seeks to address critical challenges and opportunities to improve the nation’s agricultural and food systems. Projects offer solutions to address local, regional, or national problems.

Ohio State was one of the universities and colleges selected to receive a grant, totaling $296,614.

According to the NIFA website, the grant for the university will provide funding for "using anthelmintic feed ingredients and novel management to diminish impacts of internal parasites on sheep production in the midwest U.S."

A full disclosure of the project can be found here.