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UW-RF Plant & Earth Faculty Awarded USDA Grant
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/25/2016

Faculty in the Plant and Earth Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls were recently awarded three separate grants from the USDA, totaling more than $800,000. The projects will not only enhance student learning but will also engage and benefit growers, producers, area residents and youth.

Under the direction of Brian Smith, UWRF professor of horticulture/commercial small fruit extension specialist, the first project will support the development of new cold-hardy seedless table, juice, and raisin grape cultivars. The second project will fill a need in the Crops and Soils program for forage/soil quality and grazing management field instrumentation. And the third project addresses a multigenerational approach to increasing the resilience of agricultural, natural and social landscapes.

Financial support for the development of fresh grape cultivars is being provided through a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, with funds from the USDA. The other two projects are supported by grants from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture through their Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program.

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