The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) reported on its blog that there is new funding available for organic farming research. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently released Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Transitions Research and Extension Program (ORG). $3.8 million in funding will be available in FY 2016. The submission deadline is April 15, 2016.
This particular program, the Organic Transitions program (ORG) is designed to support research, extension, and education programs that improve the competitiveness of organic farmers and ranchers. All proposals must include at least two of the three aforementioned areas: research, extension, and education (or all three). Submissions must explain how stakeholders (including farmers) are involved in all stages of the program: problem identification, project planning, implementation, and evaluation.
The following institutions are eligible to apply: 1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Private Institutions of Higher Education, and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education.
Projects have been funded for this project for many years. Learn about past programs that have been funded by reading the abstracts of funded projects since 2005 here.
Also, visit the beginningfarmers.org Funding Resources page to learn more about other funding opportunities in agriculture for researchers and farmers alike.