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Ag grant funding is set aside for Rosemount man

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Erik Gundacker of Scenic Valley Farm LLC in Rosemount has recently been recommended to receive a $14,850 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project Management of the Spotted Wing Drosophila using High Tunnels.

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This project will research methods to manage and control infestation of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) that is negatively impacting strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and other fruit farms in the North Central region. The research will focus on using high tunnels and insect netting to prevent rapid population build up of the SWD.

This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program which is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.

Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals.

NCR-SARE's Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

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