Jun 30, 2021
State ag secretary seeks innovative research to grow Pennsylvania industry

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on June 30 called for research proposals on issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry. A total of $1.29 million is available to support eligible projects.

Russell Redding

“Research provides innovative solutions to some of our most pressing problems in agriculture,” said Redding. “From pressures brought on by climate change and emerging animal and plant pests and diseases, to plant-based plastics that provide environmentally sound alternatives for packaging, industrial and construction materials, to new methods of improving our soil and water, research undergirds our industry and our society’s future health and vitality.”

Funded proposals in recent years have helped increase understanding and control of spotted lanternflies, increase farm productivity, advance human and animal medicine, apply emerging technology in food safety and protect pollinators crucial to our food supply. Grants do not require matching funds.

Full proposal guidelines can be found in the PA BulletinOpens In A New Window.

Proposals must be submitted online using the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Electronic Single Application.Opens In A New Window

Proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m. on July 9, 2021, an extension of the original June 25 deadline. Applicants who have questions may contact Morgan Sheffield at [email protected] or 717.787.3568.

Learn more about initiatives and investments to grow, protect and sustain Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry at agriculture.pa.gov.




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