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Research Project: Cooperative Research for Joint Projects in Basic and Applied Research with Regional or National Importance

Location: Soil Management and Sugarbeet Research

Project Number: 3012-11120-001-02-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 31, 2022

Objective:
The purpose of this agreement is to carry out cooperative research and to set forth understandings between the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Colorado State University (CSU) for joint projects and co-location of CSU and/or ARS personnel at research sites and facilities in Colorado. 1. It is understood and agreed that while all parties are interested in basic and applied research: a. ARS is concerned with results having regional or national application; b. CSU Agricultural Experiment Station Research Centers conduct research that addresses economic viability and environmental sustainability impacting agriculture, natural resources, and consumers in Colorado; c. CSU Extension provides information and non-credit education, and encourages the application of research-based knowledge to end users in Colorado; d. CSU College of Agricultural Sciences and departments within the College as well as other Colleges and departments are engaged in soils, crop health and production, irrigation and water management, and environmental management research covering both basic and applied problems. e. CSU’s Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Natural Resources are engaged in the acquisition, preservation, and evaluation of genetic resources from plants, animals, microbes, aquatic organisms and insects to provide optimum access to desirable genes and gene complexes. f. CSU’s Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are interested in the development of strategies and technologies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of plant genebanks. Researchers are in interested in the conservation of genetic diversity of plant populations, as well as genes; development of techniques to keep germplasm alive and healthy, especially cryopreservation in liquid; inventing new ways to predict and detect changes in health and genetic integrity of preserved germplasm; analysis of plant germplasm collections to find redundancies and gaps in diversity; and studies combining habitat, provenance and genomic data to identify accessions with hidden valuable genes. 2. Investigations, as described in the exhibits, as well as other joint projects will be in cooperation with the CSU Agricultural Experiment Station, CSU Extension, CSU Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and related departments within the Colleges and units as appropriate to the joint projects. ARS and CSU may also engage with private parties and nonprofit entities in Colorado to enhance the cooperative research efforts.

Approach:
(a) To develop long-term sustainable soil and crop management practices for the Central Great Plains Region (CGPR) and identify technologies that maximize the use of the region's soil and water resources with minimal negative environmental impact. (b) Troubleshoot plant genebanking methods to solve the most critical problems of genetic resource collections: keep germplasm alive, healthy and representative of the source population; describe collection composition; and ensure stored germplasm meets the needs of diverse users. (c) The changing needs in U.S. agriculture place new demands on farmers and plant breeders for new improved varieties which require access to a wide range of well characterized plant diversity. An increasing global population will require more efficient food production, and a changing climate requires crop varieties adapted to stresses. Limited, and sometimes compromised, water resources are having greater impacts on crop yields. This includes: (1) adaptation of dryland cropping systems for the Central Great Plains region to extreme variation of weather and climate; (2) spatial modeling of agricultural watersheds, including water and nutrient management and targeted conservation effects at field to watershed scales; (3) multidisciplinary approaches to enhanced sugarbeet germplasm; (4) management practices for long-term productivity of Great Plains Agriculture; (5) management strategies to sustain irrigated agriculture with limited water supplies; (6) improved management to balance production and conservation in Great Plains rangelands; (7) national animal germplasm research; (8) plant and microbial genetic resources preservation and quality assessment; and (9) innovations that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of managing and preserving ex-situ plant germplasm collections.