In its December 2004 newsletter, FIRST announced the research projects it will fund in 2005, with the advice of its Growers Advisory Council. According to FIRST, “there were many worthwhile proposals; the choices were made based on money available and perceived usefulness to growers.” Here is a list of the projects FIRST is funding:
According to FIRST, “this year had $28,000 available for research, making the funding decisions difficult. A compromise was reached by funding the Disease Suppressive Media project at 50 percent of the amount requested.”
“Research funding is low this year due to low returns on investments, but the situation is improving, and FIRST is looking forward to increasing research funding in the next few years,” according to FIRST.