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 2018
This project will evaluate the effects of a foliar fertilization program on yield and quality of alfalfa and mixed grass on organic dairy farms, Estimate the costs and benefits of a foliar feeding program compared with the standard practice of soil-applied livestock manure, and Share these results with Extension Educators and the farming community via various forms of outreach.
Their operational and scientific hypothesis is that, soil is the most effective medium for consistent and long-term nutrient supply; therefore, if the ability of the soil to provide plant nutrients is not limited, foliar feeding will have no effect on yield. However, foliar feeding could impact crop quality by temporarily increasing the nutrient content in the leaves.
PI: Melanie Ivy (Fruit Pathology and Fresh Produce Safety, OSU), Rachel Medina (Plant Pathology, OSU), Farmer: Craig Mercer (Catalpa Grove Farm, Columbiana, OH)
This research will evaluate the efficacy of regionally available carbon sources in reducing black root rot disease of strawberries produced in Ohio and estimate the cost differential between the various carbon sources.
Reports on Warner grants from prior years can be found here.