Forever Green projects funded

The Minnesota State Legislature appropriated $1 million to the University of Minnesota's Forever Green program earlier this year to protect the state's natural resources while increasing efficiency, profitability, and productivity of Minnesota farmers by incorporating perennial and winter annual crops into existing agricultural practices. Research proposals were solicited this past summer, and there were numerous exceptional proposed projects. These projects, and their principal investigators, will receive funding.

  • James Anderson, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
    High-density Genetic Mapping of Intermediate Wheatgrass QTLs Associated with Disease and Agronomic Traits

  • Jerry Cohen, Professor, Department of Horticultural Science 
    Propagation of Hybrid Hazelnut for Minnesota

  • Julie Grossman, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science 
    Assessing Nitrogen Contribution and Soil Biological Effects of Promising Winter Annual Legume Cover Crops for Minnesota

  • Baraem (Pam) Ismail, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition 
    Functional Characteristics and Quality of Intermediate Wheatgrass for Food Applications

  • Craig Sheaffer, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics 
    Strategies for Improving Seed Production of Intermediate Wheatgrass, a new Perennial Grain Crop

  • Robert Stupar, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics 
    Development of Perennial Sunflower for Food Production and Wildlife Services

  • Scott Wells, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics 
    Integration of Field Pennycress and Camelina in a Field Corn Production System