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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // April 25, 2019
Research Highlights
Pressure on Farm Finances Appears Likely to Continue (click to read)
Pressure on Farm Finances Appears Likely to Continue »

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) releases annual U.S. Baseline Outlook report

Agricultural Research Centers
Greenley Research Center (click to read)
Greenley Research Center »

Transitioning to a New Role: Donnie Hubble named Greenley Research Center superintendent

Funding Agency News
Grant Writing Tip: Crafting Need Statements in Federal Grant Proposals

Whether the funding opportunity (RFA, RFP, NOFO) says you need to include a “Needs Statement” or not, you should always include one. Answer the question, “What need is this project filling?” If there is no need, there’s no reason for the sponsor to fund your project. This need must align with what the sponsor wants to fund. Three tips, with examples, on writing the needs statement can be found in the community blog.

Federal Sponsors Express Concern Regarding Improper Foreign Influence in U.S. Academic Research

While the University of Missouri strongly supports international collaboration and values its partnerships with other organizations worldwide, it is important that all researchers understand the current regulatory landscape and the actions that researchers should take in light of this reality. In the past few months, federal sponsors have expressed concerns about improper foreign influence in U.S. academic research.  Read more >>

Research Roars

CAFNR faculty members have received the following recent grants (listed by Principal Investigator):

Kaitlyn Bissonnette, Foliar Fungicides and Disease Management: A Strip-Trial Study, 5/1/2019 – 4/30/2021, $50,550, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC)

Kaitlyn Bissonnette, MU Certified Strip Trial – Evaluating Impacts of Seed Treatment Fungicides and Insecticides on Early Season Diseases and Pests, 5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020, $44,472, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC)

Kaitlyn Bissonnette, Understanding the Impacts of Soybean Cyst Nematode Seed Treatments on SCN and Sudden Death Syndrome in Missouri, 4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020, $37,537, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC)

Kevin Bradley, Multiple Monsanto Service Orders, 3/15/2019 – 3/14/2020, $40,252, Monsanto

Sara Clements, Landscape effects on individual decision-making and fitness in mid-continent migratory shorebirds, 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020, $1,970, Audubon Society of Missouri

James English, Acquisition of goods and services-PGRU FY 19-20, 4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020, $62,942, Agricultural Research Service

Felix Fritschi, Understanding the role of ureide partitioning in the physiology and productivity of nitrogen-fixing and non-fixing soybean, 5/1/2017 – 4/30/2020, $73,529, Washington State University

Felix Fritschi, Leveraging Stable Isotope Traits to Improve Soybean Water Use Efficiency, 4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020, $70,000, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC)

James Heiser, Comparison of traditional weed control programs (Pre BXN and Roundup Ready) to today’s systems, 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019, $10,250, Cotton Inc.

James Heiser, Successfully deploying post-emergency+overlapping residual calendar vs. weed height?, 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019, $10,750, Cotton Inc.

James Heiser, Multiple Monsanto Service Orders, 3/15/2019 – 3/14/2020, $23,940, Monsanto

Calvin Meeks, Cotton phenology: Reevaluating growing degree days in three cultivars of differing maturity in Missouri, 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019, $9,000, Cotton Inc.

Ron Mittler, The 36th Annual Interdisciplinary Plant Group Symposium: Plant Signaling in Biotic and Abiotic Stress, 5/1/2019 – 4/30/2020, $13,800, NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)

Peter Scharf, Protecting Soil after Soybean, 4/1/2019 – 12/31/2020, $25,000, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC)

Reid Smeda, Multiple Monsanto Service Orders, 3/15/2019 – 3/14/2020, $16,625, Monsanto

William Stevens, Improving precision of lime and potassium recommendations with current cotton varieties, 1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019, $7,500, Cotton Inc.

Frank Thompson, A Proposal to the Department of the Interior to Establish the Northeast Climate Science Center, 3/1/2018 – 7/31/2019, $52,907, University of Massachusetts

Corinne Valdivia, Climatic and socioeconomic drivers of land-cover and land-use change in tropical Andean alpine wetlands, 1/1/2016 – 7/6/2019, $15,000, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.

Bryon Wiegand, Comprehensive approach for high oleic soybean oil inclusion in broilers, layers, and market hogs, 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020, $61,069, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC)

Gary Weisman, P2Y2 Receptor as Therapeutic Target in a Sjögrens Syndrome Mouse Model, 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020, $25,000, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation

Provided by the MU Office of Research

In the News

Bee crisis: Pollinators endure countless threats in Florida. And we need them to live, Florida Today

Agricultural internships offer hands-on experience, The Farmer

8 Reasons Why the Livestock Industry Is On A Roll, Successful Farmer

Iowa Chestnut Grower Gets Last Laugh, Progressive Farmer

Optimize Fertility, Bovine Veterinarian

Economic Sense, Ozarks Farm and Neighbor

MU Seeks More Farmers for Strip Trials, Other Research, Missouri Ag Connection

Healthy soil, fertilizers make difference between lush, lackluster lawn, Gladstone Dispatch

Flooded Fields – Consider the Benefits of Planting Soybean, AgPro

Featured Photo

The photo featured in the header shows results of research by graduate student Katelyn Burdick, who has been studying if the inclusion of tree nuts in a pig’s finishing diet would affect the fatty acid composition and the overall processed meat products. Learn more about her research on CAFNR News.