Cool Season Food Legume Research - ID, ND, WA (FY2010)
The Cool Season Food Legume Research Program (CSFLRP) funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture Special Research Grants Program has been established to more effectively address urgent and persistent needs in the United States and developing countries for improving the efficiency and sustainability of cropping systems that include pea, lentil and chickpea (pulse crops). The "Cool Season Food Legume" pulse crops are those that "fix" or generate their own useable nitrogen. Peas, lentils, and chickpeas, all high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, let producers replenish nitrogen in the soil, change disease cycles, and help control grass weeds. Suited best to cool growing conditions in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains, these specialty crops offer producers alternative
markets, environmentally friendly practices, and more sustainable farming. Five key research focus areas of the CSFLRP include breeding/genetics/germplasm, plant protection, crop management, human and animal nutrition, and technology transfer. New knowledge in these areas of study are of paramount importance in reducing production input factors for these cropping systems and in meeting consumer demand on a local, state, regional, national, and international basis. This grant is administered by the University of Idaho in Moscow, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest's pulse growing region. The overarching objectives of the three-year CSFLRP are: 1) To establish research and extension priorities for the Cool Season Food Legume Research Program (CSFLRP) to improve the efficiency and sustainability of cool season food legume production. 2) To develop cooperative multi-disciplinary research
to enhance cool season food legume production between Land Grant universities, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the private sector in high priority areas affecting the cool season food legume industry. 3) Manage the Cool Season Food Legume Research Program following an efficient and effective organizational structure.