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FY 2013 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Security Grants

University of California, Riverside, Calif., $34,931 – This is a conference grant to support the Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium.

Idaho State University, Moscow, Idaho, $150,000 – This project will address threats to the potato crop using precision agriculture and unmanned aircraft systems.

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, $910,198 - The project will develop and facilitate the adoption of strategies that manage herbicide-resistant weeds in major crop systems. Resulting strategies will provide more effective herbicide-resistant weed management and improved food security.

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $981,244 - This project will reduce food losses by optimizing postharvest handling methods for small-acreage growers and increasing food access and availability to consumers by educating growers on methods that stabilize their production.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $959,988 - The purpose of this proposal is to measure the economic impact of Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV), to determine the cost effectiveness of BLV management controls and to deliver educational and extension programs regarding BLV.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $999,872 – This project will study the adoption of best management practices to reduce production losses in transition dairy cattle.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $749,059 - The goal of this project is to ensure global food security through improved pig well-being, by using behavioral assessment to identify characteristics that reduce loss from non-infectious diseases in group-housed pigs.

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., $20,000 – This is a conference grant to support “Bioinformatics and Agriculture: A Conference on Systems Biology-Based Diagnosis of Animal Infectious Diseases.”

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $49,250 – This is a conference grant to support a proposed conference that would position food security as a priority in food system research and practice and enhance Extension's capacity to work on food security and food system development.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., $49,250 - This is a conference grant to support “The Last Food Mile: A Conference on Food loss and Food Waste in the United States.”

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, $999,639 - The long-term goal of this project is to expand and integrate on-going breeding, pathology, extension and IPM work on the toxin aflatoxin to decrease pre- and post-harvest losses of maize for increased food security.

Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., $47,318 – This is a conference grant to support the “Food is Our Medicine” conference.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Md., $49,250 – This is a conference grant to the support the “Food Production Systems for Urbanizing Landscape” conference.