Project Number: 2040-43000-017-04-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 4, 2013
End Date: Aug 31, 2018
The goal of this agreement is a collaborative research effort between the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (PBARC) and the University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) to address a critical agricultural problem in Hawaii, the lack of locally available feedstock for livestock and aquaculture and the high cost of imported products. The objectives of this Specific Cooperative Agreement are to develop and evaluate regionally grown feedstock, including both primary agricultural products such as livestock forage, and value-added bi-products of other agricultural activities, such as biofuel production. This agreement also aims to mitigate the impact of climate change on livestock production in the Pacific region through development and evaluation of drought-tolerant forage.
This project represents a collaborative effort between PBARC and CTAHR that will be managed by the Director of PBARC and Dean of CTAHR, and leverage the research strengths of both institutions. Areas of emphasis include grass-fed livestock production, aquaculture systems development, development of value-added products and bi-products from agricultural wastes and from biofuel production, and climate change mitigation by breeding and evaluation of nutritious drought-tolerant forage. This project builds on a history of successful cooperative agreements between PBARC and CTAHR. Subprojects to address specific aspects of regionally grown feedstock will be developed by each of the cooperating institutions, with an emphasis on collaboration, and progress will be reviewed annually by the Director and Dean and their staff. To ensure supervision and coordination of these research efforts, a small part of the funds may be used for project management purposes and support of related projects.