By Eric Mortenson
Oregon research projects were awarded nine of 37 grants announced April 7 by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
Nearly $2.9 million in grants were awarded for projects in 11 western states and territories, with Oregon proposals awarded $754,721.
The Oregon projects include:
• Extending the winter squash season, Oregon State University, $49,958.
• Evaluating hazelnut orchard cover crops, OSU, $49,997.
• Restoring rangeland soil health, Crooked River Weed Management, $44,450.
• The impact of wheat chaff collection on weed control, OSU, $250,000.
• Soil solarization for weed control, OSU, $247,329.
• Building Integrated Pest Management networks, OSU, $67,802.
• Sustainable grazing in wetland pastures, Coos County Soil and Water Conservation District, $15,237.
• On-farm production costs, farmer Sarah Brown, $9,400.
• Improving water-saving techniques in vineyards and orchards, A to Z Wine Works, $20,548.
Western SARE is funded by USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and is hosted by Utah State University.