The Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association is making funds available for research grants to stimulate on-farm research efforts by KARTA members.
The focus of the program is to foster an understanding of plot layout and design, data collection and handling, analyses, presentation and making connections to people who can help a producer engage in rsearch,.
The end-goals of the project are for producers to have the skills and connections to conduct scientifically valid on-farm research to support their internal decision making and helping them be able to evaluate the large volume of research that comes across everyone's desk regularly.
Any paid-in-full member of KARTA is eligible to apply for a research project, Application forms and submission requirements are available here. Watch the deadline; you need to submit by Feb. 13.
Beginning in 2013, there will be four tiers of support available: A new Individual Study: $550; A new Producer led Group Study: $550/per group participant; A continuation Study (individual or group): $450 with up to two years of continuation work eligible for award; a new University-led Group Study (cooperative work): $350/per group participant with continuation studies for this class evaluated at the time of application.
Producers who receive awards are expected to conduct a study to their best of their abilities and are expected to ask other KARTA members for help if they need it. They are expected to accomplish the study in the same year as the award and to prepare a presentation to the next annual KARTA event about their project.
At the same time, KARTA members are well aware that on-farm research can face challenges from extreme weather, equipment or labor problems, data or software problems that can cause producers not be able to complete a project in a given year.
KARTA allows rolling a project forward into the next year in the event one of these challenges occurs. Methodology or results from a non-funded study that can be substituted may be allowed in the event of project failure or the money can be returned and the study canceled as a last resort.