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Agriculture Secretary Calls for Innovative Research to Grow Pennsylvania Ag Industry

06/30/2021

Harrisburg, PA – Secretary Russell Redding today 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.

"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 Bulletin.

Proposals must be submitted online using the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application.

Proposals must be submitted by 4 PM on July 9, 2021, an extension of the original June 25 deadline. Applicants who have questions may contact Morgan Sheffield at msheffield@pa.gov or 717.787.3568.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers – shpowers@pa.gov

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