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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.

University of Minnesota researchers  have been collaborating to help stop Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in its tracks for over a decade and have been exploring potential public safety concerns poised by the disease as it has spread throughout the state. As part of this effort, they are now working to create a rapid diagnostic test that could be a game-charger in helping to track and control CWD.

Peter Larsen and his interdisciplinary team have reached a new milestone in their goal to develop a robust next-generation antemortem test for the rapid detection of Chronic wasting disease. 

Metin Çakir and his team conducted first-of-its-kind research on Avian Flu outbreaks in the U.S. that develops a partial equilibrium model of the U.S. meat and poultry industry to simulate the impact of HPAI outbreak on the turkey industry.

Dr. Pieters and her partners are working to characterize the detection of M. hyopneumoniae in processing fluids (PF), identify probable sources of the bacterium, and to evaluate the potential use of PF in M. hyopneumoniae monitoring and surveillance programs.

Dr. Vannucci and his partners are working to determine the impact of biosecurity procedures on the transmission and spread of Senecavirus A between pig populations.

Sinisa Vidovic and his team are working to develop a live, attenuated vaccine against critical outer membrane proteins (OMPs), which can prevent Salmonella colonization of chickens and turkeys.

Brian Steffenson and his team are working to develop barley varieties that are resistant to Bacterial Leaf Streak, thereby ameliorating the losses due to this significant disease.

Lindsey Pease and her team are working to update and revise the Minnesota Phosphorus Site Risk Index (MNPI) tool. The MNPI must be updated to correspond with a recent policy change by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding how erosion is predicted across landscapes.

Dr. Pieters and her partners are investigating the role of antimicrobial resistance on Mycoplasma eradication, to generate a PCR based test for M. hyopneumoniae selected antimicrobial susceptibility, and to evaluate the predictive value of the test in eradication success.

Krishona Martinson and her team are working to demonstrate equine carcass composting using affordable and readily available materials and Extension education with the aim of encouraging industry-wide adoption.