Pennsylvania invests more than $2 million in agricultural research

This week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that grants totaling more than $2 million have been awarded to six Pennsylvania organizations for research into issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry. $132.5 billion from the state. Grant recipients include the Center for Dairy Excellence, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University, Rodale Institute, Stroud Water Research Institute, and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Investing in research and development helps Pennsylvania combat the effects of climate change and stay on the cutting edge of technology, disease prevention and pest control,” Governor Wolf said. “We fuel innovation that advances human and animal medicine and produces cleaner water, healthier soil, and a safer, more abundant food supply to sustain our future.”

The grants fund a wide range of research aimed at safely controlling the spotted lantern and other invasive insects; increase the effectiveness of pollinators; developing new methods for detecting and preventing animal diseases; building a skilled workforce to support growth; and improving soil and water quality through regenerative farming methods.

Beneficiaries, project descriptions and scholarship amounts are listed below:

Dairy Center of Excellence, Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.

  • Study the implications for dairy producers of proposed reforms to the Federal Milk Marketing Ordinance, rules surrounding milk purchases from dairy processors – $30,000,

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture – Berks County

  • Helping farmers set management goals to improve soil health and measure the resulting improvements — $135,000

Pennsylvania State University, State College, Center Co.

  • Agricultural Resource Centers – $300,000
  • Agricultural Law Center – $100,000
  • Mitigation of Spotted Lantern Fly Damage Through Biological Control with Endemic Insect Predators – $64,000
  • Development of methods for the detection and diagnosis of complex bacterial respiratory pathogens in poultry — $18,249
  • Study of the impact of recently banned antibiotics on antibiotic resistant bacteria — $22,124
  • Development of a tissue model of the respiratory tract to isolate and evaluate bovine viruses — $19,146
  • Tracing viral infections in sheep and goats using complex nucleotide sequences — $20,000
  • To assess whether anti-inflammatory treatment before birth improves colostrum quality and calf health — $14,754
  • Evaluation of the effect of feed additives on poultry health and productivity — $40,754
  • Applied research on the impact of vitamin supplements in pregnant sows on the health of piglets — $63,892
  • Investigating Cache Valley Virus and the Frequency of Associated Abortions in Sheep and Goats – $26,245
  • Expand the use of new integrated pest management to control phorid flies in mushroom production — $126,718
  • Exploring the Effectiveness of a Tiny Species of Parasitic Wasp as a Natural Enemy of Spotted-wing Drosophila, an Insect that Destroys Berries and Grapes – $66,775
  • Assessing the Shortage of Affordable Housing and the Magnitude of its Impact on the Farm Labor Force — $43,101
  • Measuring Erosion and Water Quality at Halfmoon Creek in Center County – $175,000
  • Determination of the impact of insect pests on hemp crops — $53,298
  • Measuring the impact of organic soil amendments on lead uptake by plants in urban soil — $74,507
  • Establish the best crop management methods to promote pollination by mason bees in fruit orchards — $31,413

Rodale Institute, Berks County

  • Preparing a skilled agricultural workforce and fostering understanding of sustainable and regenerative farming methods — $500,000

Stroud Water Research Centre, Chester County

  • Measuring the Impact of Agricultural Restoration Practices on Water Quality in Lancaster County Streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed – $85,000

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia

  • Developing methods for measuring and predicting methane emissions from dairy cows — $57,500
  • Study of the effect of dietary zinc supplements on the health of dairy cows and calves – $31,114
  • Development of a method to measure per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in bovine serum and milk — $23,406
  • Refine methods for detecting chronic wasting disease by odor in deer droppings — $65,001

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Lana T. Arthur