Funding Opportunities: Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture

Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Sustainable Agriculture Team and Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) offer interdisciplinary grants to promote on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. This program, the Warner Grants for Sustainable Agriculture, is made available through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund established specifically for on-farm research in sustainable agriculture related to crop (agronomic and horticultural) and animal production systems that are ultimately intended for human consumption.

Sustainable agriculture is characterized by a state of balance between:
• Practices and values that promote environmental stewardship and conservation of resources
• Long-term economic viability of farms and rural communities, and
• Preservation of the quality of life for farm families and support for rural communities.

Research is intended to identify and publicize sustainable agricultural practices and systems that are profitable, socially responsible, energy efficient and improve water quality and other environmental concerns relevant to Ohio farmers.

The RFP is typically released in late January with a deadline in early March.  

The following projects were selected for funding in 2017 (Click on the title to read the final report):

Drone Brood Removal for Varroa Mite Control in Bee Hives
PI: Reed Johnson, Dept. of Entomology
Farmer: Peggy Garnes

The goal of the proposed work is to document the effectiveness of a Varroa mite control approach taken by Medina beekeeper Peggy Garnes, using standardized research techniques.  Results are expected to demonstrate to other beekeepers that drone brood removal can be a viable Varroa control approach and that its application can improve the sustainability of beekeeping while reducing reliance on pesticides.

"College of Wooster Independent Study thesis that was made possible in part through Warner grant funding is here". - Reed M. Johnson.

Prevalence of Streptomycin-reistant Erwinia amylovora in Ohio Apple Orchards
PI: Melanie Ivey, Dept. of Plant Pathology
Farmer: Richard Wander, Lynd Fruit Farm

This project will provide necessary data to begin to establish a baseline for streptomycin resistance prevalence in Ohio orchards. Ultimately this project will allow us to begin to increase our understanding of the epidemiology of streptomycin resistance in Ohio orchards and offer apple growers alternative approaches to effectively reduce blossom and spur blight.

Soybean Variable Rate Technology to Improve Yield, Economic Return and Harvest Efficiency
PI: Laura Lindsey, Dept. of Horticulture and Crop Science
Farmers: Eric Berthold and Rick Bell  

This project will examine all factors influencing the economic impact of variable rate technology (VTR) in soybean production.  VTR allows farmers to adjust their seeding rates within fields based on past yield and soil data.  The technology is available, but the economic data is lacking.  This project will gather data on optimum seeding rates using VTR, overall economic return of VTR including harvest efficiency and will disseminate results to Ohio farmers. 

Increasing the Yield and Quality of Stockpiled Forages
PI: Chris Penrose, OSU Extension, Morgan County
Farmer: Mark Landefeld, Berry Hill Farm

This project examines the impacts of adding urea nitrogen to a urease inhibitor such as Agrotain® to improve yield and quality of forages.  Agrotain® has been found to reduce nitrogen loss and increase yield in crops such as corn and wheat.  This research will examine if adding urea nitrogen as a fertilizer to forages such as fescue and orchardgrass along with Agrotain® will increase yields and feed quality of stored forages.

Reports on Warner grants from prior years can be found here.