A Strawberry Opportunity in 2013 from the Walmart Foundation and UARK

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Center for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability announces The National Agriculture Sustainability Grants Program competitive grants program to support strawberry production in the US:  The National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative.  This grants program is sponsored with a gift from the Walmart Foundation.

The intent of the program is to expand and improve the sustainability of the strawberry industry in the US from the farmer production level through the supply chain and markets to the consumer.   The purpose of the program is to move sustainable production forward by supporting multidisciplinary projects focused on outreach, education and demonstration of innovative and new technologies that will ultimately result in increased production and supply of strawberries.”   This grants program will support those projects that show the highest potential for improving the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the strawberry production and marketing system.

The program is seeking proposals addressing issues such as (but not limited to); expanding the regions and seasons of strawberry production, reducing the environmental impacts and inputs used in strawberry production including soil fumigants, pesticides, and fertilizers, improving the economic viability of strawberry production in nontraditional regions, and maintaining product quality and safety through the supply chain.

Eligible recipients are limited to Land Grant Universities and Colleges, but project directors are strongly encouraged to partner with other institutions, agencies, foundations and private enterprises.  Applications from diverse fields of research and outreach are encouraged including (but not limited to) horticulture and plant sciences, entomology, plant pathology, weed sciences, soil sciences, food sciences, engineering, business, economics, and soil sciences.

A flyer regarding the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative is available at the link below.  A call for proposals will be released approximately February 15, 2013 with a submission deadline of April 1, 2013.  Awards will be announced in May 2013 with one-year projects to begin July 1, 2013.  Applicants will provide quarterly progress reports with a final report due by August 2014.

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Additional information may be found at:  http://strawberry.uark.edu/

Direct all return communication to:  sberries@uark.edu