The USDA-CSREES Cool Season Food Legume Grant will stimulate critical research and extension activities focused in rapidly growing agriculture regions, the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains. Pulse crops are grown on over 900,000 acres and their value is $115 million each year. This USDA-CSREES special research grant will cooperatively and successfully stimulate and support the development and implementation of cool season food legume production, crop management systems and technology. The technology being generated is essential for the pea, lentil, and chickpea industries to remain competitive and profitable. Research being conducted cooperatively by federal and state university scientists focuses on identification of genetically superior varieties in the breeding program; management of nematodes, insects, plan disease and weeds; the
reduction of soil erosion and improvement of water quality; and the development of value-added new products and new uses. Funding received from the CSLFRP will provide support for research on a regional basis and, thus, efficiently enhance limited state and industrial resources. These special research grant funds are awarded on a competitive basis via a request for proposals (RFP) that is directed to qualified scientists who are involved or interested in cool season food legume research. Emphasis is placed upon meeting the needs of producers and upon collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects that encourage team-building and communication among the scientists.