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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2016) — Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council are requesting research project proposals for 2017 that address specific research needs outlined by their respective farmer-led board of directors. Accepted research projects will be supported using farmer funds from the Indiana corn and soybean checkoff organizations.

 

 
“Indiana corn and soybean farmers know that best management practices are essential to a successful farming operation, and that we need to always be looking for ways to develop new products and technology that use our crops,” said Mike Beard, ICMC demand committee chairman from Frankfort, Ind.  “This is why we are looking to fund research projects both looking at specific production issues, as well as finding innovative new uses for our crops.”
 
 
ISA and ICMC are specifically seeking research projects that directly improve yield and management of inputs or that result in the commercialization of corn and soy-based products or technology.
 
 
“We want to lead the way in making sure our farms are as productive as possible with less cost to the environment and our own farm operations, while also discovering new uses for our crops,” said Beard.
 
 
Multi-year projects are considered, but funding is given on an annual basis and researchers will need to re-apply for funding each year of the project. ISA and ICMC funds are not intended to replace other sources of funding, but to promote collaboration among researchers to develop new and robust research.
 
 
“We want to encourage researchers who submit proposals to think of these funds as ‘seed money’ to get important research projects off the ground,” said Matt Chapman, ISA grain production and utilization committee chairman and farmer from Springport, Ind. “With these farmer research funds, our goal is to encourage researchers, departments, institutions and organizations to work together and strategically use available funds to address the needs of Indiana farmers.”
 
 
RFPs are due Dec. 9, 2016 and selections will be made by Feb. 28, 2017. If proposed research projects are accepted by ISA and ICMC, researchers will provide quarterly progress reports, a summary suitable for news media purposes to facilitate producer information and a year‐end technical report including all data. 
 
 
For more information about submitting RFPs, contact Robyn Shelley at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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Contact: Megan Kuhn, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, 317-614-0377 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
 
 
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members.
 
 
This communication was funded with corn and soybean checkoff dollars.
 
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