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.
Yuzhi 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.
Douglas Marthaler and his team are working to understand the genetic and phenotypic differences between Streptococcus suis strains. The proper identification and classification of S. suis isolates will enable veterinarians to make accurate evaluations of isolates associated with clinical disease.
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.
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.
Bill 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.
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 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.
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.
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.