VENUS — Archbold Biological Station has received a $499,921 grant as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture project to improve food production.
The grant to Archbold Expeditions in Venus is the largest of 18 in a $6.7 million program through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agricultural and Food Research Initiative. Research should show how soil, water, sun, plants, animals and people interact to affect food production. USDA officials believe that understanding “agroecosystems,” as they are called, may help sustain long-term agricultural production.
“Population growth, along with environmental factors, including the growing threat of climate change, are putting increasing demand on the land, water and other resources that produce our food,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release. “These investments will help us understand how we can farm more effectively and sustainably to feed the growing global population.”
Agroecosystems include crops, animals, and the pastures, ranges and forests that agriculturalists actively manage for economic, societal and environmental benefits. Projects funded through this program, it is hoped, will contribute to the knowledge needed to continue agriculture while preserving resources, such as drinking water, pollination and a stable climate.
Other awards for 2016 include:
• Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ — $439,080
• The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA — $439,676
• National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. — $50,000
• University of Florida Board of Trustees, Gainesville, FL — $438,705
• Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL — $ 440,000
• Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL — $439,892
• Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN — $474,632
• Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN — $49,500
• University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY — $149,736
• The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH — $499,094
• The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH — $439,966
• Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK — $ 375,000
• The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA — $471,324
• New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M. — $145,205
• The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN — $375,000
• Utah State University, Logan, UT — $499,884
• The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, Madison, WI — $498,995
For more details, nifa.usda.gov/newsroom.