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CU Boulder Awarded $1.6 Million Federal Grant for Soil, Crop Health Research

January 19, 2019
Longmont Times-Call

The University of Colorado’s Boulder campus has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to fund research about soil and crop health.

The project was one of seven total projects awarded money, and it was the only one awarded in the state of Colorado, according to a joint news release issued Thursday by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet. The money came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

The project, Precision Agriculture using Networks of Degradable Analytical Sensors, or PANDAS, is meant to help farmers monitor and respond to conditions in their soil, and the grant will fund the development of 3D-printed, biodegradable soil sensors.

“It’s critical we continue to develop cutting-edge technologies that our farmers can utilize and I’ll always advocate for and support funding for these types of programs,” Gardner said in the news release.

Added Bennet: “As farmers and ranchers in Colorado navigate the uncertainty of persistent drought, investing in technology is one of the best ways we can provide them more opportunities for success.”

Cassa Niedringhaus: 303-473-1106, cniedringhaus@dailycamera.com

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