Since 2006, CSANR has provided seed funding for 60 new organic and sustainable agriculture research projects in Washington State through our BIOAg Program. These projects range from topics such as soil quality, organic and biological crop protection, and breeding, to livestock-crop integration, food safety and nutrition, and alternative crops. Projects have been funded in a wide diversity of crop and livestock production systems in the state, including tree fruit, cereal grains, small fruits, vegetables, forages, dairy, and a variety of other livestock systems.
Many of the projects we’ve helped initiate have gone on to secure substantial additional funding from other sources, including federal, regional, state and industry/foundation grants, greatly increasing the amount of organic and sustainable agriculture research occurring in Washington State. WSU has one of the largest and most diverse cadres of scientists currently conducting organic research of any institution in the country and this program has been a key investment in supporting that goal. Progress reports for these 60 projects, plus reports for extension and education mini-grants as well as research projects funded under our former Organic Crop Research program can be found in our Grants Database.
Nine new BIOAg research projects were recently selected for the Fiscal Year 2014 BIOAg solicitation. With guidance from our Advisory Committee, CSANR prioritized “soil quality” in the FY14 solicitation. This round of proposals was by far the most challenging and competitive, with 40 new proposals submitted for consideration – nearly half of which addressed the soil quality priority. Unfortunately, we had sufficient funds for only the top nine proposals and left a number of really compelling research projects unfunded.
As with prior rounds, this year’s projects represent a nice blend of ideas that range from basic to applied, address tree fruit, vegetable, cereal grain and livestock systems, and are likely to lead to many significant new insights and options to improve agricultural sustainability throughout the state. Twenty-nine scientists from nine WSU Departments plus USDA ARS will partner on these projects. All nine of these projects will provide findings relevant to both organic and non-organic production systems – a key goal of the BIOAg Program. The list of the FY14 projects is below.
Scientists: Lindsey du Toit*, Tim Paulitz, Dipak Sharma Poudyal
Scientists: David Granatstein*, Kefyalew Desta, Pamela Pavek
Scientists: Lee Hadwiger* and Dean Glawe
Scientists: Scot Hulbert*, Kim Garland-Campbell and Tim Paulitz
Scientists: Andy McGuire*, David Granatstein, Suzette Galinato, Peter Tozer
Scientists: Kevin Murphy*, Giuliana Norrato, Janet Matanguihan, Raymond Kinney
Scientists: John Reganold*, Chris Benedict, David Crowder, Kevin Murphy, Kate Painter
Scientists: Bill Snyder*, Thomas Besser, John Reganold
Scientists: Meijun Zhu*, Lawrence Fox, Karen Killinger, Min Du, Shuming Zhang