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.
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.
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 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.
Christopher Philips and his team are working to develop an IMP decision-making tool and early-warning system for fruit growers dealing with the threat of the Spotted-wing Drosophila.
Sandra Godden and her team will conduct tests to explore if longer colostrum heat-treatment protocols will have a positive effect on preventing the transmission of MAP.
Montse Torremorell and her team are working to provide and develop new recommendations to help producers and veterinarians control influenza in swine herds.
Bo Hu and his team are working to remove sulfide from swine manure pits with electrochemical systems. With this project, they hope to install a pilot system to evaluate sulfide levels reductions and emissions when using such a system.
Anup Johny is leading a team of interdisiplinary researchers to develop a combined antimicrobial strategy to control Salmonella Heidelberg in turkey hens.
Ruth Dill-Macky and her team are working to gain information critical to the development of a rapid response plan for Bacterial Leaf Streak (BLS), educate producers and agricultural professionals in the state, and to accelerate breeding efforts to identify genetic resistance to BLS.
Jeffrey Gunsolus and his team are exploring how modification of current management strategies will allow growers to manage herbicide-resistant weeds, preserve the utility of herbicide-resistant crop technologies, and maintain profitability.