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Rapid Agricultural Response Fund

To find a new way to problem solve in the 21st century, in 1998 the Minnesota Legislature worked with the state's agricultural leaders to create resources to tackle emerging agrilcultural challanges. The result was the Rapid Agricultural Response Fund (RARF). Since that beginning it has helped develop research answers to some of the most puzzling and unpredictable problems facing our farmers.

Below you will find overviews of the most recent RARF projects including background information, project objectives, and progress updates when available.

Swine housing facility at MorrisYuzhi Li and her team are exploring how to utilize Social Network Analysis to predict development of tail biting, and identify potential tail biters and victimized pigs. They hypothesize that tail biting behavior is a consequence of unbalanced or disturbed social structure, which can occur and spread through undesired social interactions.

Ian MacRae with his drone.Ian MacRae and his team are exploring the use of drones for remotely sensing crop stress. Their research will focus on evaluating the effectiveness of current technolgies and sharing their findings with agricultural professionals throughout the region.

Piglets.Fabio Vannucci and his research team are working to understand the shedding patterns of Senecavirus A (SVA) in the semen of experimentally-infected boars linked with the transmission by artificial insemination to sows and the subsequent impact on the production of piglets.  

Srinand Sreevatsan and his research team are working to develop a versatile, safe, and orally or intranasally administered vaccine platform against infectious diseases of animals based on purified target antigens adsorbed to alginate nanoparticles.

Spotted Wing Drosophila by Bob KochBill Hutchison and his research team are exploring the best ways to control and manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in high tunnels growing raspberries. Their findings will be used to develop integrated pest management solutions for Minnesota growers.

Since 2010, Bo Hu and his research team has worked to uncover the cause of foaming manure in swine barns and develop solutions for Minnesota pig farmers.

Close-up Morris Dairy Cows.Gerald Cramer and his team are working to determine the role of negative energy balance in the development of hoof lesions in Minnesota dairy herds. They will then develop a model to share any knowledge gains achieved in their research with the industry.

George Heimpal in soybean feildGeorge Heimpel and his team are exploring whether the widespread use of insecticidal seed treatments in soybean is limiting biological control of soybean aphid by parasitoids. Thier two-year project will include feild and on-farm evaluation. 

Patrick Redig and his team are working to develop and field-test a surveillance strategy for high-consequence viruses in wild bird populations. They hope such a system will allow the poultry industry and regulators to anticipate outbreaks and protect the agricultural industry in the future.

Angela Orshinsky.Angela Orshinsky and her team are working to fulfill a critical need for data related to tomato leaf mold and its potential impact on Minnesota grown tomatoes.

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