Hill, Hunt part of team researching innovations for sustainable food, energy, and water supplies in intensively cultivated regions
Associate Professor Jason Hill and Post Doctoral Associate Natalie Hunt are part of the investigative team for a $2.5 million grant from the Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) program. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the grant will fund research on innovations for sustainable food, energy, and water supplies in intensively cultivated regions.
The four-year project includes surveys of hundreds of Minnesota farmers, and will collect information about their cropping systems and their opportunities and barriers for adopting new technologies. Researchers will be contacting farmers in several waves throughout the project and will present results at venues such as the Minnesota Water Resources Conference and the Soil and Water Management Field Day in Lamberton. In addition, one of the project teams will develop new techniques to identify changing cropland patterns, including the adoption of winter cover crops, from satellite imagery. Maps from this imagery, along with reports and other project outputs will be disseminated on the Water Resources Center website.
New maps and processed satellite images will be made available. Agronomic trials on camelina will build on current work, accelerating the potential for that system to be adopted more widely. Both of these connect to existing research programs at the CFANS Research and Outreach Centers in Lamberton.
The research is led by Water Resources Center Director Jeffrey Peterson.