USDA Announces $4 million for Organic Research, Extension and Alternatives

February 27, 2015 - The US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is seeking applications for $4 million in research grants for fiscal 2015. This year’s grants continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems, including soil conservation and climate change mitigation. New priorities for 2015 include development of educational tools for Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices, and the development of alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program’s list of allowed substances.

ORG grants are available to eligible university researchers, and require a 100% funding match. Applications are due April 16, 2015. Last year, awards were granted to 38 percent of applications. For more information, go to http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/organictransitionsprogram.cfm.