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The 2013 Request for Applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension
Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions (ORG) has been released by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA). Letters of Intent are due March 1, 2013; full proposals are due April 5, 2013.
ORG supports research, Extension, and higher education programs
that improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as
well as those who are adopting organic practices.
Some of the biggest challenges facing us include a changing climate, uncertain energy sources, rising childhood obesity rates, food insecurity around the globe. The Action Plan provides an in-depth analysis of these challenges and identifies the roles of USDA’s science agencies in addressing them.
Researchers from the University of New Hampshire are leading a multi-state project that aims to help organic dairy farmers better produce and market their milk. The research will explore how organic dairy farmers in the Northeast can enhance farm profitability by extending the grazing season and adding value to milk through flaxseed supplementation.
A new report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that "even though standard economic approaches may be
difficult to apply to evaluations of some research benefits of public
investments in agricultural research, economic reasoning can provide qualitative
analysis even when estimates of benefits are difficult to quantify."