Resilient Dryland Farming Appropriation: Pushing the Boundaries of the Dryland Wheat Production SystemChristina H. Hagerty – Cereal Pathology, Oregon State University (OSU) -
The Resilient Dryland Farming Appropriation (RDFA) is a new federally funded project at the USDA-ARS Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center and the OSU Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center. The RDFA funds were secured through legislative efforts by Oregon wheat growers and stakeholders. The appropriation brings an impressive $2M to the Agency annually, with 75% of funds allocated to USDA-ARS, and 25% of funds to OSU.
The RDFA research objectives are grower-driven. The project design was defined by a dialogue between Oregon wheat growers, ARS scientists, and OSU researchers. The ultimate goal of the RDFA is to increase resiliency and profitability in the dryland wheat cropping system. Profitability is a term that resonates widely. Our aim to improve the overall profit margin of the Oregon wheat cash crop while enhancing resiliency. Resiliency in this context speaks to the robustness of dryland wheat production systems including climate variability, market volatility, weather, and other unpredictable challenges.Read More Here.