Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association

KySGGA Research Funding Applications

Information for Researchers

Who is Eligible to Submit a Research Proposal?
The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council is interested in reviewing research proposals from any institution that engages in small grain research.

What Type of Research is KySGGA Interested In?
All research projects that KySGGA/KySGPC fund benefit Kentucky small grain producers by producing results that will increase on farm profitability. Projects should be geared to research of small grain crops (wheat, barley, oats, rice, rye, triticale) or of production/marketing issues and methods that may benefit all Kentucky crop growers.

NOTE: If you are new to our process and would like to submit a one page pre-proposal synopsis of the research for feedback prior to the deadline, please feel free, we will be glad to discuss the viability of the ideas.

What Should be Included in the Research Proposal?
Interested researchers should fill out the Research Project Proposal Form, Budget and submit a project summary that provides reasons why the research is needed, methods that will be used, and the conclusions expected of from the research. The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association will not provide grants for any overhead expenses incurred while conducting the research project. The primary investigator is responsible to see that KySGGA grant money is used to pay for the specific items listed in the Proposal Budget of the Research Grant Application.

In addition to providing a written research proposal, researchers will be required to present an 10- to 15-minute oral proposal at a KySGGA/KySGPC Board Meeting, held August 9, in Elizabethtown. Researchers will be contacted by KySGGA in order to set a presentation time and to provide details about the meeting. 

How Do Researchers Obtain a Research Proposal Form?
Forms can be downloaded from the following links:

When are Proposals Due?
Proposals for the 2018-2019 growing season are due August 1, 2018.

Where Should Proposals Be Sent?
Emailing proposals are acceptable and preferred. Please send to laura@kysmallgrains.org.

Proposals should be mailed to:

Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association
PO Box 90
Eastwood, KY 40018

You may fax to: 502-243-4149

Where Do I Go to Give My Funding Request Presentation?
The KySGGA/KySGPC will invite you to attend their Joint Business Meeting on August 9, 2018. You will be contacted regarding a presentation time and will have 15-20 minutes to present your funding request. We will have a LCD projector and laptop available for your use, but is not required. 

What Happens If A Research Project is Selected for Funding?
Researchers will be notified if their project has been selected for funding by the KySGPC. The KySGPC office will draw up a Memorandum of Agreement and send to the researcher's institution administrators. Once the MOA has been signed by both parties, researchers agree to follow deadline dates for submission of reports and other parameters agreed up by both parties. Extension may be granted for final reports with a written request 30 days prior to the deadline. If terms are not met, KySGPC may request for funds to be returned.

Additional Requirements
Any researcher completing a project is required to give a brief presentation at the August 9th meeting. We are also asking for a written progress report/news article for all completed and continuing research projects. These may be published on our web site and/or grower newsletter. Deadline for these articles is September 7, 2018 in an electronic format (Word, PDF). Photos and or graphics are also welcome high resolution - at least 200 dpi at actual printed size - is preferred.

Please email to laura@kysmallgrains.org


Latest News in Research


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View our Annual research Report

This report includes articles on the research projects we funded in 2017. Many projects are on-going. 

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Current Research project Funding

Ky Small Grain Growers voted to fund the following research and grower education projects, for a total investment of $298,235, in the 2017-2018 growing season. 

  • Soft Red Winter Wheat Breeding & Variety Development - David Van Sanford, UK 
  • Improvement and Development of Barley for Use in Feed, Food and Fuel - Wynse Brooks, VA Tech
  • Enhanced Chia Production & Product Usage - David Hildebrand, UK 
  • Performance of Small Grain Varieties in Kentucky - Bill Bruening, UK 
  • Fragipan Remediation - Lloyd Murdock, UK
  • Can Fusarium Head Blight Vomitoxin Levels Be Reduced with Agronomic Practices? - Carrie Knott, UK 
  • Updating Rye and Barley Management Guidelines for Kentucky - Chad Lee, UK 
  • Wheat Field Schools at University of Kentucky Research and Education Center (UKREC) - Edwin Ritchey, UK  
  • Soil Health Benefit from Winter Wheat in the Rotation - John Grove, UK
  • Vertical Tillage or No-Tillage for Soft Red Winter Wheat - John Grove, UK
  • Breeding New Cover Crop Rye Cultivars for the Midwest - Tim Phillips, UK
  • Looking for Old and New Foes to Prevent BYDV Transmission on Wheat - Raul Villaneuva & Carl Bradley, UK  
  • Improving fungicide application recommendations for managing Fusarium head blight of wheat and barley - Carl Bradley, UK 
  • Timed Insecticide Spray to Control Aphids and Reduce BYDV Infections - Raul Villanueva, UK
  • Detection and Management of Herbicide-resistant Annual Ryegrass in Kentucky Wheat - Legleiter, UK

Research reports from this past year's projects will be available soon. 

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Submitting a Research Application

The Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association and Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council is interested in reviewing research proposals from any institution that engages in small grain research. 

All research projects that KySGGA/KySGPC fund benefit Kentucky small grain producers by producing results that will increase farm profitability. Projects should be geared to research of small grain crops (wheat, barley, oats, rice, rye, triticale) or of production/marketing issues and methods that may benefit all Kentucky crop growers. 

Deadline for 2018/2019 projects is July 7, 2017 and will be considered on August 9, 2018. Investigators should be prepared to present their proposals at the August meeting, in Elizabethtown. 

Contact us for additional information.