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MSU Awards More than $361,000 in Research, Funding
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The Animal Agriculture Initiative (AAI) at Michigan State University (MSU) recently awarded more than $361,000 to seven new projects designed to help enhance animal agriculture.

Source: MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Beth Stuever at 517-432-1555


Michigan State University Initiative Awards More Than $361,000 in Research, Outreach Funding

The Animal Agriculture Initiative (AAI) at Michigan State University (MSU) recently awarded more than $361,000 to seven new projects designed to help enhance animal agriculture.

The AAI is Michigan’s animal agriculture research, teaching and Extension initiative housed at MSU. It is a partnership between MSU, livestock producers and industry organizations, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Its objective is to address challenges facing Michigan animal-based agriculture through research and Extension projects.

Janice Swanson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at MSU and AAI director, said the Animal Agriculture Coalition, the funding arm of the AAI, always receives far more proposals than it can fund, and that results in strong proposals that produce solid outcomes.

“There is stiff competition,” she explained. “Unfortunately, our funding is limited, so we have to choose carefully. Proposals were ranked on the basis of scientific quality, industry partnering, and whether they addressed issues identified as high priority by industry groups, MSU Extension program teams and the AAI Coalition.”

The AAI 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); MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

Projects funded for 2012-13 are:

Feeding amino acids to reduce air emissions and the carbon foot-printing of swine production: Wendy Powers, MSU Department of Animal Science and MSU Extension, $62,470.

Cold meat-paste mixing for sodium reduction in turkey breast gels: Ike Kang, MSU Department of Animal Science, $51,831.

Improving milk component profitability by understanding rumen biohydrogenation of fatty acids: Adam Lock, MSU Department of Animal Science, $68,490. Critical analysis of sow housing alternatives: Ronald Bates, MSU Department of Animal Science, $7,000.

Milking facility wastewater standards for small dairies: Steve Safferman, MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, $55,000.

Quantifying a carbon footprint for pasture-based animal production: Jason Rowntree, MSU Department of Animal Science, $56,280.

Impact of dietary crude protein on metabolic efficiency of nitrogen utilization by the lactating sow: Nathalie Trottier, MSU Department of Animal Science, $60,332.

More than 200 research projects have been funded by the AAI since it was established in 1996 as part of the grass-roots-driven Revitalization of Animal Agriculture in Michigan Initiative.

To learn more about the AAI, visit www.aai.msu.edu. Also visit MSU Extension News, www.news.msue.msu.edu, for helpful articles about various topics submitted by MSU Extension experts throughout the state.