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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.

Ruth Dill-Macky in wheat research plots.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 presenting weed control information at Morris.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. 

Spider mite.Robert Koch and his team are exploring the growing concern of insecticide resistance in common soybean pests.  

Turkeys at UMore Park.Timothy Johnson and his team are exploring bacterial causes of what has become known as Light Turkey Syndrome (LTS) in the commercial turkey industry.

Goss's Wilt of corn.Dean Malvick and his team are studying corn bacterial disease Goss’s leaf blight and wilt.

Heterobasidion fruiting bodies on a tree.Robert Blanchette and his team are working on developing new diagnostic tools for Heterobasidion, a new disease that impacts conifer trees.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD).  By Bob KochWilliam Hutchison and his team are exploring the effect of SWD as an invasive fruit pest in North America, particularly Minnesota.

Dr. Bradley Heins explaining Morris's organic program to visitors.Bradley Heins and his team are working to reduce fossil-fuel consumption in dairy and swine production systems through renewable energy generation, energy conservation, and energy optimization.

Beehive.Marla Spivak and her team are working to help commercial beekeepers reduce honey bee colony losses that provide honey and critical pollination services of almond, fruit, and vegetable crops.

Beef cattle.Zheng Xing and his team are evaluating the scope of infection in food animals in Minnesota by a novel zoonotic bunyavirus, Heartland virus (HLV). 

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