WSU Puyallup Animal Sciences faculty member Joe Harrison has been selected as a grant recipient through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program. NRCS is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture
Dr. Harrison will receive $460,010 from NRCS to support his project—“Mobile System for Nutrient (Phosphorus) Recovery and Cost Efficient Nutrient Transport.” The project has also received an additional $150,000 in match funding from the Washington Dairy industry.
The 2-year project is intended to create a nutrient recycling relationship between the dairy industry and forage growers in Washington State.
Project partners include Keith Bowers from Multiform Harvest, the Washington State Dairy Industry, and forage growers in Washington.
Currently, there is a need to capture excess phosphorus not needed for on-farm crop production at dairy farms, and transport that phosphorus to areas in need of phosphorus.
The demonstration of a viable phosphorus recycling and transport system in Washington will not only have local impact but will have nationwide benefits.