Indiana Corn & Soybean Checkoffs Invest in New Plant Phenotyping Facility at Purdue
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 29, 2016) – With a desire to harness the ability of big data and advanced technology to improve yields, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council participated in the grand opening of the automated plant phenotyping facility at Purdue University on August 29. The facility will be named the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center.
ISA and ICMC each provided $1 million in checkoff funds to sponsor the building and equipment to develop students into future soybean and corn researchers. The center is located at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education. Each organization gave an additional $1 million which will be placed in two endowments to be used for future research to directly benefit Indiana soybean and corn farmers.
“The facility demonstrates the opportunities that exist when farmers, academic researchers and industry collaborate to develop new and innovative technologies,” said Joe Steinkamp, ISA president and farmer from Evansville, Ind. “Investing checkoff dollars in the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center places Indiana farmers on the forefront of research that will develop technology to move agriculture forward.”
The facility is the first field phenotyping facility in North America. The center is designed to encourage collaboration from multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students to help solve the biggest issues in plant sciences.
“We believe this partnership between the Indiana corn and soybean checkoff organizations and Purdue University is truly ground-breaking,” said David Gottbrath, ICMC president and farmer from Pekin, Ind. “In addition to helping establish a state-of-the-art research facility, our checkoff investments are being used to train students to be our future researchers with a vital role in helping farmers remain efficient and sustainable.”
The research endowments funded by corn and soybean checkoff dollars will be overseen by an advisory committee consisting of Purdue faculty and two ISA farmer-directors and two ICMC farmer directors. Research supported by these endowments will focus on projects directly related to corn and soybean production.
To learn more about Purdue’s Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center and its work in the plant phenotyping area, visit www.ag.purdue.edu/plantsciences/phenotyping.
About Indiana Corn Marketing Council: The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives. For more information, visit www.incorn.org.
About Indiana Soybean Alliance: The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers. Visit www.indianasoybean.com for more information.
This communications was funded with Indiana soybean and corn checkoff dollars.