Michael Madin

Michael Madin


BioWRAP Team

Meet Michael Madin

Graduate Research Assistant

Institution: Kansas State UniversityDepartment: Geography and Geospatial SciencesEmail: [email protected]

I am a Ph.D. student at the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at Kansas State University. I am interested in understanding and modeling future scenarios of the prospects of farmers adopting sustainable agriculture innovations (biodegradable mulch films) using relevant sustainability variables.  I was raised in rural Sabonjida (a farming community) in Northern Ghana. I find it is always a relentless passion and joy to conduct academic research in agrarian settings, particularly in my efforts to contribute toward solving the challenges I faced growing up. I enjoy reading and playing soccer.



Frequently Asked Questions

We understand there are many questions you may have in regards to BioWRAP. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that we receive.

The long-term goal is to create a locally-sourced, customizable, spray-on biopolymer-based films to serve as soil cover that can be synchronized to crop growth cycles under differing climatic conditions and applied using precision agricultural equipment. The system would also support socioeconomic resiliency, positive bioeconomic cycles, biotechnology adoption, sustainable crop production, and soil health in EPSCoR states.

Transforming biopolymers into a local material will equitably distribute the costs and benefits of biotechnology adoption by crop producers and support rural workforce development. Creating a protective, but permeable spray-on biopolymer cover will provide physical weed suppression, enable crop producers to reduce herbicide use, protect soil ecosystem diversity, effectively manage field edges, help conserve natural resources, buffer waterways from agrochemical runoff, enhance land productivity, and increase crop production resiliency.

We hypothesize that adoption of BioWRAP technology will vary by region and producer characteristics, climate conditions, soil type, and underlying preferences will lead to differential adoption across regions and cropping systems. Our team plans to assess the potential market for BioWRAP using structured group discussions in locations where producers and purchasers/retailers to gain the most accurate assessment of the market potential of biodegradable biofilm technology.

Initial testing will include corn and soybeans. Application of the product may include autonomous spray platforms as well as field scale commercial sprayers.

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