11 projects receive 'Forever Green' funding

October 30, 2015

This fall, the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Agricultural Initiative received another $1 million from the State of Minnesota via the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to support research projects that 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.  The following research projects, and their principal investigators, were selected for funding.

  • Advanced Management Practices for Enhancing Profitability of Intermediate Wheatgrass  
    Craig Sheaffer, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  • Advancing Hazelnut Micro-Propagation
    Jerry Cohen, Professor, Department of Horticultural Science
  • Agronomics Development of Winter Annual Oilseeds in a Field Corn Production System
    Scott Wells, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  • Developing Genomic Resources for Helianthus Divaracatus to Facilitate the Development of Perennial Sunflower for Food Production and Wildlife Services  
    Yaniv Brandvain, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Biology
  • Effect of Cover Crops on Water Use and Nitrogen Leaching in Corn and Soybean Cropping Systems
    Axel Garcia y Garcia, Assistant Professor, Southwest Research and Outreach Center
  • Effect of Refinement and Dough Conditioners on the Quality of Intermediate Wheatgrass for Food Applications
    Baraem (Pam) Ismail, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Field Pennycress Breeding Project Support  
    James Anderson, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  • Integrating Winter Annual Cover Crops into Corn and Soybean Rotations in Minnesota
    Gregg Johnson, Associate Professor, Southern Research and Outreach Center
  • Intermediate Wheatgrass Breeding Support using Phenotypic and Genotypic-based Selection Methods
    James Anderson, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  • Population Dynamics of Soybean Cyst Nematode in Winter Annual Oilseeds  
    Senyu Chen, Professor, Southern Research and Outreach Center
  • Sustaining Hazelnut Breeding and Agronomic Research at the University of Minnesota
    Lois Braun, Research Associate, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics