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February 28, 2024   •   News

In collaboration with: GRA, CGIAR, Thünen Institute


The GRA (Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases), the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) and the German Federal Research Institute Thuenen are co-organizing the “International Research Symposium on Agricultural GHG Mitigation – from Research to Implementation”, which will take place in Berlin, Germany on October 21-23, 2024 and is hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

The event will cover both natural and social science research on agricultural GHG mitigation and discuss ways to transform agri-food systems towards low-emission systems. Please find further information in the attached call for abstracts or at the Symposium’s website: www.agrighg-2024.de.

We welcome contributions to this scientific conference until April 15, 2024

Please submit your abstract (max. 500 words) at: https://thuenen.limequery.com/265141?lang=en

Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by June 30, 2024.

Please forward the call for abstracts to colleagues who may be interested.

For questions, contact us at [email protected].

February 28, 2024   •   News

FFAR NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2024) — Enteric methane, which animals release into the atmosphere by burping or exhaling, is a significant source of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Today, the Greener Cattle Initiative (GCI), a multi-partner international consortium created by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, opened its second request for proposals for research to develop scalable technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions and benefit farmers and ranchers, consumers and the environment.

Methane and carbon dioxide are greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Yet, methane is more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Reducing the amount of methane cows emit presents an opportunity to slow the effects of climate change while also helping the dairy and beef sectors meet their sustainability goals. However, more research is needed to determine how to safely, sustainably and productively do so.

GCI will consider applications addressing one or more of the following: Delivery mechanisms of non-vaccine enteric methane mitigation technologies; impact of applying interventions early in life to reduce enteric methane emissions later in life or in offspring; combined impacts of administering multiple enteric methane mitigation technologies to examine additive, synergistic or antagonistic effects; and long-term and longitudinal studies to evaluate lasting effects of enteric methane mitigation technologies on mitigation, animal health and productivity.

A maximum request of up to $5 million is available for all proposed projects. Matching funds are optional for this program. Pre-applications are due 5 p.m. ET, April 3, 2024. All domestic and international higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations and government-affiliated research agencies are encouraged to apply. Visit the GCI Request for Applications webpage for additional information.

Additionally, FFAR is hosting an informational webinar about this funding opportunity on March 6, 2024, at 3 p.m. ET.   Preregistration is required. A recording of the webinar will be available on FFAR’s website. FFAR invites interested individuals to submit questions in advance of the webinar to [email protected]

“This research is aimed at developing more enteric methane mitigation options for farmers and ranchers, so they can make informed, individualized decisions based on the conditions unique to their farms,” said Dr. Juan Tricarico, senior vice president for environmental research at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. “Scientifically proven solutions addressing farmers’ needs across the multitude of farming systems that exist today is critical for increasing adoption rates of these new technologies and methods and reducing greenhouse gases.”

 In 2023, GCI awarded its initial grants in the total amount of $5,554,669 to Penn State’s Distinguished Professor of Dairy Nutrition Dr. Alexander N. Hristov; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Animal Sciences Professor Dr. Roderick Mackie; and the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Assistant Professor of Quantitative Genomics, Dr. Francisco Peñagaricano.   

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The Greener Cattle Initiative The Greener Cattle Initiative, launched by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, is the first consortium to share knowledge, leverage investments and accelerate research to develop scalable and commercially feasible solutions that reduce enteric methane emissions. The Greener Cattle Initiative includes stakeholders from across the dairy and beef value chains and supporting nonprofit organizations including: ADM, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Elanco, Genus plc, JBS USA, the National Dairy Herd Information Association, Nestlé and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).

February 16, 2024   •   News

Closing date: 27 March 2024

You are inviting you to take part in a public consultation for a science-based protocol that has been developed to include dairy mitigation technologies into lifecycle assessment.

The protocol, developed by a consortium of dairy organisations and scientists including those involved in the GRA, is developed for use of dairy organisations to provide robust validation for the GHG emission reductions that are claimed when using new mitigation technologies. The consultation is seeking feedback on the proposed approach of the protocol from experts and those who may be involved in similar work.

The Protocol

This protocol sets out the criteria and approaches that, when applied to a GHG mitigation technology, will provide the necessary confidence for both the dairy organization claiming the mitigation and stakeholders that their products are safe to consume and the claimed GHG emissions reductions are robustly validated.

Consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to encourage review and feedback from a wide range of expertise and perspectives. Further information and all associated documents can be found HERE.

The project Collaborators and the Research Team are excited to receive your feedback, using the downloadable feedback form, by Wednesday March 27, 2024, to this critically important piece of work.

For all enquiries, please contact Brian Lindsay at [email protected]

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