Soil and Crop Sustainability Fund

The OSCIA Soil and Crop Sustainability Fund supports expanded research on soil health through the Soil Health Graduate Scholarship and the OSCIA Internal Fund.

Soil Health Graduate Scholarship

A ‘Soil Health Graduate Scholarship’ of $10,000 per year is available to graduate students focused on soil health or soil quality research. Recipient selection is completed internally by the University of Guelph. OSCIA will be involved in collaboration and communication of research where possible.
The Soil Health Graduate Scholarship was established by OSCIA in partnership with the University of Guelph and through the generous contributions of OSCIA Founding Partners to the Sustainability Fund.
The scholarship was launched in 2015 and will be available until at least 2019.
2019 Recipient: Gordon Bell

Research Topic: Water conservation and how different farming practices specifically the crop rotation employed, can affect water dynamics in that particular field. Hopes to show that by increasing the diversity of crops grown in a field and with careful management we can increase the amount of water available to plants. 

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2018 Recipient: Hannagala Jeewan Kumara

Research Topic: Formation of recalcitrant soil organic matter which is the largest terrestrial carbon pool. Looking specifically at the role of soil microorganisms in forming recalcitrant soil organic matter.  

2017 Recipient: Pedro Ferrari MacHado

Research Topic: Measuring nitrous oxide emissions from a corn field in response to adoption of nitrogen fertilization best management practices

2016 Recipient: Jordan Graham

Research Topic: Influence of herbaceous biomass crops on soil organic carbon levels in soils across Ontario.

2015 Recipient: Jaclyn Clark

Research Topic: Cover crop planting into standing corn.

OSCIA Internal Fund

The OSCIA Internal Fund will support on-farm applied research for soil health, as well as outreach and communication of results. Local or Regional Soil and Crop Improvement Associations will be able to apply for funding to support applied on-farm research.
Funding is anticipated to be available starting in 2018.

Interested in donating to the OSCIA Sustainability Fund?

Complete the Pledge Form and forward to OSCIA as directed on the form. Donations to the Soil Health Graduate Scholarship will be provided with a charitable tax receipt from the University of Guelph.
Contact OSCIA directly to discuss a Gift Agreement, available for donations over $5,000, or a bequest or endowment.

The OSCIA Sustainability Fund is one of a number of Research Initiatives undertaken by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
Stay up-to-date OSCIA research initiatives in our News section.