Summer Research Minigrant Program

2017 - Bugel, Cotton, Dower, Eisner, Grace, Hemberger, Jessee, Lanker, Mino, Pfeiffer, Potter-Weight, Reynolds, Schreiber, Steussy-Williams, Suerth, Wang

CIAS mini-grant recipient Jamie Bugel is studying the potential for a savory Chilean corn variety—choclo—to diversify the flavor and vigor of vegetable corn varieties. 
 
 
 

With support from a CIAS mini-grant, Natalie Eisner conducted on-farm testing of a boom-mounted pheromone application system, to facilitate grower adoption of this technology.
 

Supported by a CIAS mini-grant, Laura Jessee (left) and Alex Steussy-Williams worked with agricultural educators and farmers to create a curriculum for this program.
 
 

Andrew Schreiber’s mini-grant research considered the costs of water allocation restrictions—both mandated and market-based—for agricultural use, and the societal benefits of such restrictions.

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With support from the CIAS mini-grant program, Dantrell Cotton conducted interviews and focus groups with neighborhood residents on food accessibility and affordability, as well as their interest in supporting a community food cooperative. 

With CIAS mini-grant support, Jacob Grace created a video that documents the use of private cattle grazing for habitat management on DNR grasslands, and explains the process of conservation grazing. 

Supported by a CIAS mini-grant, Marisa Lanker’s research identified farmers’ actual and perceived results and challenges in growing this novel crop, bringing their voices to the process.
 

Lauren Suerth’s research, supported by a CIAS mini-grant, describes the processes associated with renting, purchasing and transferring agricultural land, and how those relate to different social, political, and financial institutions.

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Mini-grant recipient Becca Dower worked with the Intertribal Agriculture Council on their tribally-supported agriculture program, which will distribute Native American-grown foods to Native American communities.
 

Jeremy Hemberger received CIAS mini-grant support for floral surveys in Central Wisconsin as a first step in modeling floral resources in agro-ecosystems for bumble bees.
 

With support from the CIAS mini-grant program, Leah Potter-Weight and Jules Reynolds examined how local belief systems, values and customs impact the development of livestock practices such as managed grazing, and perennial agroforestry systems, in this community.

Summary

On-Farm Breeding and Selection of Choclo

Student Researcher: Bugel, Jamie

Faculty Advisor: Bill Tracy, Agroecology

 

Allied Community Cooperative

Student Researcher: Cotton, Dantrell

Faculty Advisor: Monica White, Steve Ventura, Alfonso Morales, Nelson Institute

 

Traditional Foods and Food Sovereignty Among Native Communities

Student Researcher: Dower, Becca

Faculty Advisor: Patty Loew, Human Ecology

 

Mating Disruption in Cranberries

Student Researcher: Eisner, Natalie

Faculty Advisor: Brian Luck (BSE), Shawn Steffan (Entomology)

 

Conservation Grazing on DNR Grasslands

Student Researcher: Grace, Jacob

Faculty Advisor: Mark Renz, Agroecology

 

Spatiotemporal Floral Resources and Bumble Bee Abundance in WI Cranberry Agroecosystems

Student Researcher: Hemberger, Jeremy

Faculty Advisor: Claudio Gratton, Entomology

 

Apprenticeship Program for Organic Veg Growers

Student Researcher: Jessee, Laura

Faculty Advisor: Julie Dawson, Agroecology

 

Kernza

Student Researcher: Lanker, Marisa

Faculty Advisor: Michael Bell, Agroecology

 

Mangroves for the Future Project Eval

Student Researcher: Mino, Jessica

Faculty Advisor: Nathan Schulfer, Nelson Institute

 

Urban Bees

Student Researcher: Pfeiffer, Vera

Faculty Advisor: Janet Sibernagel, Nelson Institute

 

Livestock Management – LAND Project

Student Researcher: Potter-Weight, Leah

Faculty Advisor: Michael Bell, Agroecology

 

Agroforestry – LAND Project

Student Researcher: Reynolds, Jules

Faculty Advisor: Michael Bell, Agroecology

 

Ag Water Use in the Central Sands

Student Researcher: Schreiber, Andrew

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Rutherford, Corbett Grainger, Agricultural and Applied Economics

 

Apprenticeship Program for Organic Veg Growers

Student Researcher: Steussy-Williams, Alex

Faculty Advisor: Julie Dawson, Agroecology

 

Accessing Agricultural Land

Student Researcher: Suerth, Lauren

Faculty Advisor: Alfonso Morales, URPL

 

Downy Mildew Resistance for Cucumber Production

Student Researcher: Wang, Yuhui

Faculty Advisor: Yiqun Weng, Plant Breeding