Making Midwest agriculture more resilient

A team of Purdue researchers has received a $10 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a project seeking to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient.

The team will evaluate alternative cropping systems for the Midwest, how diversification practices will impact crop yields and long-term sustainability, and economic and social barriers to change in the agrifood market.

“What’s new is that market and environmental research tailored to this part of the U.S. will inform our next moves, and individual farmers and stakeholders will be involved in every step of the process,” says project leader Linda Prokopy, department head and professor of horticulture and landscape architecture.

Other Purdue faculty on the team include Shalamar Armstrong, associate professor of agronomy; Steve Hallett, professor of horticulture and landscape architecture; Ian Kaplan, professor of entomology; Sarah LaRose, assistant professor of agricultural education; Elizabeth Maynard, clinical engagement associate professor of horticulture; Aaron Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture and landscape architecture; and Ariana Torres, associate professor of horticulture and landscape architecture and agricultural economics. Fifteen partner organizations will also take part.

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