THE Kansas Wheat Commission (KWC) is seeking research proposals for fiscal 2015 that can enhance the profitability of Kansas wheat farmers.
Interested applicants can email a two-page, preliminary letter of intent to KWC by Nov. 29. Proposals will be evaluated and prioritized by a committee of farmer-commissioners, who will issue an invitation for full proposals on Dec. 18. Final proposals will be due by Jan. 24, 2014, and final award announcements will be made in April 2014.
KWC, a farmer-funded organization, said applicants should consider the following three goals when submitting research proposals: (1) select research initiatives that support the wheat industry's ability to gain and sustain market share profitably in both domestic and international markets, (2) educate Kansas wheat producers to adopt technologies that are shown by research and development to be profitable and (3) cooperate with the wheat supply chain to adopt and implement technologies and innovations that support the profitability of Kansas wheat producers.
Some specific areas of interest include new variety development, production aspects, trait and biotechnology discovery, value-added uses and customer preferences.
"With the current rapidly evolving world of crop technology, Kansas wheat commissioners take their job of advancing wheat research very seriously," KWC director of marketing Aaron Harries said. "Nearly one-quarter of the commission's producer-funded budget is appropriated to wheat research."