Organic Farming


Program Roundup – SARE Funding Available for On-Farm Research Projects

October 21, 2014

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program or SARE is a farmer driven research and education competitive grants program designed to help advance sustainable agriculture across the whole of American agriculture.  North Central, Northeastern, Western, and Southern regional councils — comprised of producers, researchers, educators, and government representatives — individually set SARE policies and make […]

Organic Farms Noteworthy in Many Ways According to USDA Census of Agriculture

October 2, 2014

On September 30, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released more detailed organic agriculture data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  The basic Census information was published earlier this year.  The Census of Agriculture has been conducted since 1840 and currently is collected once every five years.  NSAC’s discussion of the first release, from May […]

USDA Announces $23 Million in Grants for Organic Research

September 30, 2014

On Monday, September 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced over $23 million in grants to support organic farming research.  The money was awarded through the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)—the flagship research competitive grants program dedicated to funding research relevant to organic producers—and the Organic […]

FDA Revises Draft Food Safety Rules for Farms

September 23, 2014

On September 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released revised language for two major proposed rules detailing standards for farms that grow fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and for facilities that process food for people to eat.

Organic Certification Farmer Cost Share Funds Still Available

September 9, 2014

Organic producers and handlers can still take advantage of certification cost-share funding through the end of the fiscal year…

Program Roundup — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note — Each SARE region operates independently, setting their own policies and priorities. They also solicit proposals and award grants at different times of the year. This is the first in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each SARE region as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant […]

USDA Climate Report Misses Sustainable Systems

August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report, Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, which provides scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report is designed to aid […]

$13 million in Organic Certification Cost Share Assistance Now Available

July 18, 2014

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers.  Payments for certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 can cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, […]

Progress Report on Organic Price Elections for Crop Insurance

June 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new report updating Congress on USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) progress towards completion of organic price elections for all insurable organic crops.  USDA has improved crop insurance offerings for organic farmers, but report makes it clear there is still a lot more work to do. With […]

Funding Available to Support Integrated Pest Management Efforts

May 30, 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding for fiscal year 2014 to address critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs.  Applications for funding are due June 19, 2014. IPM is a science-based, decision-making process that allows […]

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