Dairy Science and Hemp Research Grant Recipients Announced

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Associate Professor John Barlow

John BarlowJohn Barlow has received a USDA NIFA grant from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program. The $246,766 grant is for Barlow’s sabbatical project beginning in August 2023, to July 2024.

The project is entitled, Tools and Approaches for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Surveillance on Small to Medium Sized Dairy Farms. The objective is to advance Barlow’s knowledge, skills, and experience in surveillance and quantification of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on dairy farms, using next-generation high-throughput metagenomic sequencing methods. Read the full proposal here.

UVM Extension Professor and Agronomy Specialist Heather Darby

Heather DarbyHeather Darby has received an AFRI grant for $300,000 entitled, Hemp Fiber: Building Farmer Capacity to Meet the Opportunities and Challenges of a New Market.

The overall project objective is to increase the acres of fiber hemp grown in the Northeast that meet the market’s quality standards. This proposal demonstrates how innovative practices, and a cropping system approach will help expand the acreage of hemp, and guide farmers through a comprehensive post-harvest protocol from harvest window to processing facility. Read the full proposal here.

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