eOrganic webinars in February

Join eOrganic for new webinars and live conference broadcasts on organic farming and research in February! This month’s program features farmers Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato of Woodleaf Farm on how long-term organic farms suppress pests, as well as researchers from a NIFA OREI project on using abrasive grits for weed management, or “weed blasting”. They’ll also be broadcasting a selection of live presentations from the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, and the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Find out more and register in advance at the links below.

Organicology 2015: Selected Live Broadcasts
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February 6, 2015

Building Pest-Suppressive Organic Farms: Tools and Strategies Used by Five Long-Term Organic Farms
Helen Atthowe and Carl Rosato, Woodleaf Farm
February 10, 2015

Blasting the Competition Away: Air-propelled Abrasive Grits for Weed Management in Organic Grain and Vegetable Crops
Sam Wortman, University of Illinois; Frank Forcella, USDA-ARS; Sharon Clay and Daniel Humburg, University of South Dakota
February 17, 2015

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium: Selected Live Broadcasts
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February 25 and 26, 2015


USDA Announces the Availability of $16 Million to Support Food Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding to support research, education and Extension efforts to improve food production and increase food security, defined as regular access to affordable, nutritious food. NIFA is funding the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security program.

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RFA for AFRI Food Security Program has been released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security Program.  AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences.  The goal of the Food Security program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension programs for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems.  In FY 2015, applications are sought in the following priority areas: Continue reading