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OFRF and FFAR Fund On-Farm Natural Analysis of Companion Plantings for a New Invasive Brassica Pest

(SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. – November 3, 2022) – The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) and the Basis for Meals & Agriculture Analysis (FFAR) are happy to announce its third award for the 2021/22 OFRF natural analysis grant cycle. Christiana Huss of the College of Georgia, was awarded $19,977 to analysis companion crops that cut back the destruction attributable to invasive yellow-margined leaf beetle (Microtheca ochroloma) on leafy brassica greens throughout the Southeastern United States.

The yellow-margined leaf beetle is an invasive pest that threatens natural manufacturing of  excessive worth leafy brassica greens throughout the Southeast and past as winters turn out to be milder. This analysis will consider an progressive panorama ecology strategy that includes a mix of repellant intercrops and attractant companion crops in a “push-pull” design for bio-control of the pest.

“Discovering an acceptable companion plant is an accessible strategy for a lot of farmers who want to reduce their chemical inputs for pest management.” mentioned Huss, principal investigator for the challenge. “We’re thrilled to discover this method and hope to discover a answer!”

This challenge will leverage agricultural range to mitigate the destruction of the invasive M. ochroloma on brassica greens by testing potential intercrops’ capability to repel M. ochroloma. The challenge will then be assisted by ten natural farmers to trial essentially the most profitable mixture of companion crops for managing M. ochroloma on their very own farms.

This 12 months’s analysis grant program prioritized farmers, early profession researchers, and BIPOC candidates. The six initiatives chosen give attention to local weather mitigation and constructing on-farm resilience and have been awarded a grand complete of $119,817 in funding. The 2021/22 cycle was made doable by a $66,000.00 grant from FFAR and matching funds from OFRF and its analysis companions.

So far, OFRF has invested over $3 million in 361 grants throughout North America to advance scientific information and enhance the ecological sustainability and financial prosperity of natural farming methods. All OFRF-funded analysis should contain farmers or ranchers in challenge design and implementation, happen on licensed natural land, and embody sturdy training and outreach elements. All analysis outcomes are freely obtainable in OFRF’s on-line database.


Basis for Meals & Agriculture Analysis
The Basis for Meals & Agriculture Analysis (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund daring analysis addressing massive meals and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established within the 2014 Farm Invoice to extend public agriculture analysis investments, fill information gaps and complement USDA’s analysis agenda. FFAR’s mannequin matches federal funding from Congress with personal funding, delivering a strong return on taxpayer funding. By collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, shoppers and the setting. 

Natural Farming Analysis Basis
The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) is a non-profit basis that works to foster the advance and widespread adoption of natural farming methods. OFRF cultivates natural analysis, training, and federal insurance policies that deliver extra farmers and acreage into natural manufacturing. Venture outcomes are shared freely at OFRF additionally supplies free entry to all of its academic supplies and sources.



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