Don’t Miss Oct. 9 Deadline for Submitting 2010-2011 Animal Agriculture Initiative Research Pre-Prop
posted on September 3, 2009 7:14am
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EAST LANSING, Mich.—Michigan’s animal agriculture industry
continues to confront numerous challenges on various fronts while
simultaneously seeking out potential opportunities. From maximizing
environmental health and farm profitability to harnessing energy from
animal wastes to measuring and monitoring consumer attitudes and
perceptions to minimizing the risk of spreading animal disease, there
is no shortage of industry research and outreach priorities facing
With that in mind, the Animal Agriculture Initiative (AAI), Michigan’s animal agriculture research, teaching and Extension initiative based at Michigan State University (MSU), invites MSU faculty members and MSU Extension staff members to submit pre-proposals for the 2010–2011 funding year (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) by Oct. 9. These preliminary project proposals should focus on developing solutions to problems defined by one of the five broad research categories identified as high priority by the state’s animal industry groups: environment, health, imminent or emerging issues, profitability and welfare.
All preliminary proposals will be reviewed by the AAI Coalition, the governing board of the AAI. The Coalition is made up of representatives from the MSU departments of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics; Animal Science; Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Crop
and Soil Sciences; Food Science and Human Nutrition; and Large Animal Clinical Sciences (College of Veterinary Medicine); the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and MSU Extension. The group provides program direction to research and Extension projects involving the state’s beef, dairy, equine, poultry, sheep and swine industries, and works with various industry advisory committees to help establish research priorities for improving Michigan animal agriculture.
The AAI Coalition will select which proposals will move on to the full proposal round and final selections will take place in November. In 2009–2010, the AAI awarded $350,000 worth of funding split between eight research projects selected from among a pool of 20 pre-proposals.
Established in 1996 as part of the grass-roots-driven Revitalization of Animal Agriculture in Michigan Initiative, AAI is a partnership between MSU, livestock producers, industry organizations and the Michigan Department of Agriculture. With its mission centered squarely on finding solutions to problems facing the state’s animal-based agriculture industries through research and Extension projects, the AAI has funded more than 190 research projects since it began.
The Michigan Animal Agriculture Initiative at MSU is vital to the health of the state’s economy. A survey commissioned by the AAI in 2007 reveals that nearly $22.9 million in annual economic activity can be linked back to the initiative. AAI-funded research adds $11.5 million annually to the state’s economy, and for every state tax dollar invested in the AAI, the initiative returns $3.40 in gross state product.
To learn more about the AAI and the research projects it has invested in since its inception or to download the preliminary proposal guidelines, visit www.animalag.msu.edu.