Research, Education & Extension


$3.8 Million Available for Organic Farming Research Grants

January 11, 2016

On Thursday, January 7, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Transitions Research and Extension Program (ORG), making $3.8 million in funding available in FY 2016. The deadline for FY 2016 submissions is April 15, 2016. NSAC supports NIFA’s decision to not require any notification of […]

10 Ways USDA Can Address Climate Change in 2016

December 30, 2015

The new year presents a final window of opportunity for the Administration to act upon climate change

Top 15 Wins for Sustainable Agriculture in 2015

December 18, 2015

All that we have to be grateful for in 2015, from promoting conservation to empowering beginning farmers

Massive Year-End Funding Bill A Mixed Bag But Includes Significant Wins for Sustainable Agriculture

December 16, 2015

Final appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2016 will fund programs supporting sustainable agriculture

$17.5 Million Now Available for Organic Research

December 11, 2015

Yesterday, December 11th, the United States Department of Agriculture announced the availability of millions of dollars to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing organic farmers today.

New Soil Health Institute Will Begin with $20 Million over Ten Years

December 3, 2015

On Thursday, December 3, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Farm Foundation, NFP announced the creation of a new Soil Health Institute, to be headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The Institute is an offshoot of an ongoing effort known as the Soil Renaissance. According to today’s press release, “The Soil Health Institute’s […]

New Study Finds Investment in Agroecology Falls Short

November 16, 2015

On Friday, November 10, the Journal of Environmental Science & Policy published an article, Investing in the transition to sustainable agriculture, which provides an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and partners to identify how much U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2014 competitive grant funding for research and education incorporated agroecology. According to […]

Organic and IPM Working Group Releases White Paper on Sustainable Systems

November 12, 2015

The Organic and IPM Working Group released a new white paper Monday, entitled Organic Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management: Synergistic Partnership Needed to Improve the Sustainability of Agriculture and Food Systems. The white paper is the result of more than a year of work to put on paper the Working Group’s shared vision for taking […]

Food Safety Training Centers Announced

October 16, 2015

With one Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) rule finalized, and another expected by the end of the month, the talk has turned to implementation. NSAC has long advocated that robust farmer education, outreach, and training are critical components to successful FSMA implementation. Particularly for produce growers, valued-added farming operations, and small food processors – many […]

Over $25 Million for Organic Research Awarded

October 16, 2015

On Tuesday, October 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced over $25 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 […]

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