The Rapid Agricultural Response Fund (RARF) allows University of Minnesota researchers to respond to urgent issues and challenges facing Minnesota's agricultural and natural resource industries.
The Minnesota legislature first authorized a program and created a fund to enable rapid responses to such issues in 1998. Since the fund’s inception, research has responded to issues like soybean aphid, emerald ash borer, glyphosate resistant weeds, spotted wing drosophila, chronic wasting disease, and a variety of diseases in poultry and livestock production systems.
The MAES oversees the Rapid Agricultural Response Fund, which has enlisted faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, and College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as the support of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. RARF projects are awarded every two years. View a full list of recent and past RARF projects.