Michigan invests more than $2.3 million in livestock research

Projects to address bovine respiratory disease, on-farm biosecurity and greenhouse gas emissions.


Source: Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture

via National Hog Farmer - Jun 13, 2022


The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture is investing more than $2.3 million in 26 new research and outreach projects in 2022. With support from the Michigan Legislature, the funding is available under the current fiscal year 2021-22 budget through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


The M-AAA is a partnership among MDARD, animal agriculture industry groups and Michigan State University aimed at advancing the animal agriculture economy across the state.


"The agriculture sector in Michigan is facing uncertainties from a variety of sources," says George Smith, director of MSU AgBioResearch and a leader in the M-AAA. "Producers are faced with short-term issues such as rising input costs, while also dealing with long-term questions around sustainability and profitability. Our partners in the M-AAA are dedicated to helping producers find solutions that propel Michigan's animal agriculture industries into the future."


For this funding cycle, the projects cover a range of topics, including disease-related challenges and exploring ways to increase dairy profitability.


"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with MSU and provide input on critical research needs of the dairy industry," says Sheila Burkhardt, senior director of member and government relations for the Michigan Milk Producers Association. "The M-AAA-funded research projects allow us to be on the cutting edge, while providing solutions that will make a lasting impact on dairies throughout Michigan."


M-AAA projects are either one or two years in duration and are slotted into one of three categories: applied research, extension or seed funding. Researchers and outreach specialists are evaluated throughout the process and must submit progress reports and final summaries to M-AAA leaders.


Examples of 2022 projects include: