Webinar on 2016 OREI and ORG Request for Applications

USDA will host a webinar on Thursday February 11, 2016, from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time, to discuss the request for application to two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs:

  • Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI): $18 million available to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Applications are due March 10, 2016.
  • Organic Transitions (ORG): $3.8 million available to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. Applications are due April 15, 2016.

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FY 2016 Organic Transitions RFA has been posted

The FY 2016 Organic Transitions (ORG) Request for Applications (RFA) is now available for public viewing. 

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page:  http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org.

Grants.gov Page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280858.   This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

USDA Announces $21 Million in Organic Research and Extension Funding

by Amanda Hils

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $21.3 million in grants for research and outreach projects that will help growers, producers, and processors improve their organic operations’ success and ability to innovate.

“Research, education, and extension gives the organic agriculture industry the opportunity to expand on best practices, implement more efficient techniques, and develop new approaches to distributing its products,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “With today’s grants, USDA’s university partners are better positioned to help ensure the continued success of organic crops and growers.”

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NIFA’s BRAG, ORG, and SCRI RFAs Released

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the release of the following Requests for Applications:  Continue reading

North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas researchers receive organic agriculture grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $19 million to research and extension programs to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. About $4 million of that will go to researchers in the Southern region.

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