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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.

Spotted Wing Drosophila by Bob KochBill 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.

George Heimpal in soybean feildGeorge 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.

Close-up Morris Dairy Cows.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.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.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. 

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