USDA grant promotes dry farming
Chemeketa Community College has received Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support the project, "Dry Farming Variety Trials: Connecting Producers, Researchers, and Students."
The USDA invests SCBGP grant funds to support specialty crops, help producers overcome obstacles, make their operations more profitable, and help them grow. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops including floriculture. The grant amount awarded to Chemeketa is $88,429.
"Dry Farming Variety Trials: Connecting Producers, Researchers, and Students" will educate students, producers, and the community about dry farming as a resilient and reliable specialty cropping system to increase the amount of land that is considered suitable for agriculture production by demonstrating the ability to produce specialty crops without irrigation.
"These experiences will directly teach students and the community about specialty crop research, production, and consumption," CCC Dean of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Tim Ray said.
The project will establish dry farm research trials at the Chemeketa Agriculture Complex, provide research internship opportunities for community college students to study dry farming and to collaborate with Oregon State University students and researchers, and disseminate the results to a wide audience through a variety of outreach activities and events
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