Sep 25, 2017
Potatoes USA calls for communication on upcoming research efforts

Ahead of the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) publishing its fiscal year 2018 request for pre-applications, two industry leaders are calling for those in the research community to publish their plans to seek funding from the SCRI.

In a letter, Chairman of the Potato Research Advisory Committee Steve Gangwish and Director of Research at Potatoes USA Ryan Krabill urged those in the potato research community to alert the industry of pending SCRI proposals or plans for an SCRI proposal.

They said that one of the most effective ways to begin to plan for SCRI success in the upcoming fiscal year is to better understand the potato research landscape, and the best way to do that is through direct communication with the research community.

The two argue that the industry is at an important moment where it can build upon the progress made last year with the formation of the Potato Research Advisory Committee and that robust communication last year helped create strong SCRI proposals.

“We believe it was a critical step in getting them over the funding finish line in FY17,” the letter read. “We also believe it is essential that we take advantage of the positive momentum we have created and strive to replicate our success from last year.”

Additionally, the two wrote, there is an effort currently underway to develop the foundation for a soil health proposal specific to the potato industry, likely through SCRI.

“Soil health is a top priority for the potato industry,” the letter read. “Those of you who are interested in being a part of that discussion are encouraged to let us know directly so that we can ensure that your interest is properly accounted for.”

Those planning to submit a proposal through SCRI or wanting to contribute to the soil health research effort can email Krabill at Potatoes USA at ryan@potatoesusa.com.






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