EAST LANSING, MICH. — The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture announced it is funding 26 research and outreach projects this year, covering a variety of topics, including the exploration of ways to increase dairy profitability.

The state legislature supported the more than $2.3 million in grant funding through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which partners with animal agriculture industry groups and Michigan State University to form the M-AAA.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with MSU and provide input on critical research needs of the dairy industry,” said Sheila Burkhardt, senior director of member and government relations for the Michigan Milk Producers Association. “The M-AAA-funded research projects allow us to be on the cutting edge, while providing solutions that will make a lasting impact on dairies throughout Michigan.”

Among the dairy projects receiving funding, one will track dairy cow inflammation post-calving, and another will explore genetic inventory management strategies in dairy herds.

“The agriculture sector in Michigan is facing uncertainties from a variety of sources,” said George Smith, director of MSU AgBioResearch and a leader in the M-AAA. “Producers are faced with short-term issues such as rising input costs, while also dealing with long-term questions around sustainability and profitability. Our partners in the M-AAA are dedicated to helping producers find solutions that propel Michigan’s animal agriculture industries into the future.”

A complete list of the research, extension and seed projects being funded can be found at the M-AAA website.