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Research Project: Healthy Soils and Bioproducts for Improved Nutrient-Use Efficiency and Ecosystem Services

Location: Crop Genetics and Breeding Research

Project Number: 6048-21220-019-001-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2024
End Date: Sep 30, 2024

In June of 2022, the White House issued the Global Fertilizer Challenge in response to the global fertilizer crisis. In response to the Challenge, and with financial support from the U.S. Department of State USDA developed the Fertilize Right initiative. In Brazil, Fertilize Right will support agricultural research collaboration between United States' and Brazil's national agricultural research institutions-USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA Agricultural Resarch Service (ARS), and the Brazil Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) - to promote the efficient and effective use of fertilizer. The initiative will also explore the use of alternatives to traditional manufactured chemical fertilizers to improve soil health and soil fertility.

Four broad research themes emerged from deliberations amongst the partners after a preliminary workshop and discussion within the steering committee. Over the course of several months, the four teams that had never worked together prior to this initiative, developed and refined proposals that could be used for a proposal targeting a million dollars split amongst the three partners. Later, the proposals were adjusted to start work with approximately $300,000 per group that was available for disbursal.