Congratulations to Adrian Pekarcik for receiving an $11,995.00 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program! Adrian will be researching entomopathic nematode control of the asiatic garden beetle in corn. More information on Adrian's project is discussed below:
"Asiatic garden beetle is an early season pest of corn in specific regions of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia, but there are no successful tactics for management this pest. This project will isolate insect-killing nematodes naturally occurring on farms in northwest Ohio and assess their efficacy as a biological control agent of Asiatic garden beetle in order to provide a sustainable, environmentally sound management tool for farmers affected by this pest," said Pekarcik.
This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE's Graduate Student Grant Program, which is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.
Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals.
NCR-SARE's Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.