This AFRI Challenge Area addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. The long-term goal of the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area is to tackle critical water issues by developing both regional systems for the sustainable use and reuse, flow and management of water, and at the watershed and farm scales, water issues focused on production and environmental sustainability efforts. Project types supported within this Challenge area are multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Enhancement (FASE) Grants.
In FY 2016, applications are sought in the following priority areas:
- Water Availability for Diverse Agricultural Uses: The Right Water for the Right Place and Time
- Understanding Decisions and Behaviors Connected with Agriculture and Post-harvest Processing Industry Water Use
- Understanding the Human Health Impacts to Exposure from Nontraditional Water Used in Agriculture
Proposals are due August 4, 2016.