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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.

Matt Clark and his team conducting research on an emerging global problem called Grapevine Trunk Disease with the aim of identifying the pathogens, determining their impact, biology and ecology and developing necessary management recommendations for vineyards.

Brian Crooker and his team are working to discover a better understanding of genetic polymorphisms beneficial to mastitis resistance. Such a discovery would strengthen gene-assisted selection efforts designed to enhance the prevalence of beneficial genes and quicken the pace towards reducing incidence and severity of mastitis in the dairy cow.

A new multivariable model looks at how geographical factors may be a significant factor to help predict the risk of a PRRS outbreak.

Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine were able to gather extensive samples from infected turkey farms all over the state, including samples from exhaust fans.  Their findings will help develop new protocols and programs for controlling airborne diseases in swine poultry facilities.

Roger Ruan and his team are employing an engineering approach to control airborne pathogens transmission by sanitizing the air that is circulating in or entering and leaving barns. The process will also simultaneously decompose odorous compounds and reduce odor emissions. 

Kevin Smith and his team are bringing together a unique mix of with ag researchers, ag engineers, and civil engineers in order to guide their development of a high-throughput field screening system for lodging.

Matthew Russell and his team are using remote sensing technologies to predict ash occurrence and relative abundance across Minnesota with the aim of synthesizing current management efforts in ash-dominated forests across the state. 

Dr. Torremorell and her team are continuing to work on developing and providing recommendations to producers and veterinarians to control influenza in swine herds.

Christopher Philips and his team are working to gather data on the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and how it is affecting Minnesota apple orchards. As there is currently no data available in this area, they are focusing on providing provide knowledge that will aid in optimizing monitoring and control strategies for this invasive pest. 

Dr. Ly and his partners are working to develop and test a new vaccine for Hemorrhagic Enteritis. The new vaccine will be based on viral vaccine vector (Pichinde virus, PICV) a technology recently developed by their laboratory.

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