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.
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.
William Hutchison and his team are exploring the effect of SWD as an invasive fruit pest in North America, particularly Minnesota.
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.
Zheng Xing and his team are evaluating the scope of infection in food animals in Minnesota by a novel zoonotic bunyavirus, Heartland virus (HLV).
Jim Collins and his team are working to develop a specific, sensitive, rapid, and high throughput real-time RT-PCR to detect Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine and to map the complete genome of PEVD for global comparisons.
George Heimpel and his team are performing controlled release experiments with soybean aphid Aphelimnus glycinis and exploring how Aphelimnus glycinis interacts with other soybean aphids.
Connie Gebhart and her team are aiming to characterize virulence and virulence-related genes in the previously known and novel pathogenic Brachyspira species.
Jim Collins and his team are working to molecularly characterize the entire genome of swine RVB and RVC strains to determine the diversity within each RV group, and ultimately identify the most common genotypes of these viruses.