Research, Education & Extension


AFRI Grants Awarded to Research Sustainability of Small- and Medium-Sized Farms

March 18, 2011

USDA recently released the reports on funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 grant cycle, including research focusing on sustainability of small- and medium-sized farms and rural development and on the economics of markets and development, two of the many AFRI subprograms. For 2011, as we previously reported […]

Congress Passes 3-Week Budget Extension

March 18, 2011

On Thursday, March 17, the Senate passed a three-week continuing resolution, which extends fiscal year (FY) 2010 federal funding levels until April 8.  The House passed companion legislation on Tuesday, March 15, so the bill will now go to the President’s desk for his signature. As we reported in an earlier blog post, the three-week […]

USDA’s First Organic Farming Systems Research Conference

March 18, 2011

On March 16-18, USDA held its first ever Organic Farming Systems Research Conference to explore the agronomic, economic, ecological, and social dimensions of organic farming.  The Conference participants included researchers, policymakers, farmers, ranchers and others interested in sharing information on organic farming systems research and shaping the future of organic research, with an emphasis on […]

FY 2012 NIFA Budget Proposal Increases Funding for Sustainable Agriculture Research

March 18, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the House Agriculture Appropriations committee held a hearing on the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) programs, featuring testimony by Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE). In her written testimony, Dr. Woteki emphasized that although […]

Agricultural Research Community Responds to Proposed Budget Cuts

March 10, 2011

Earlier this week the food and agricultural research community issued appeals to Congress urging that already low funding for USDA-sponsored research, education and extension not be cut.   The letters came in response to the House-passed continuing resolution to fund all government functions for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The House bill, H.R. 1, […]

House Holds Two Hearings on Agriculture Appropriations

March 2, 2011

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held two hearings with top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On Tuesday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Chief Economist Joe Glauber, and USDA Budget […]

Over 185 Groups Urge Congress to Oppose H.R. 1 Cuts to Sustainable Agriculture

March 1, 2011

On Tuesday, March 1, NSAC delivered two letters to Senate offices in opposition to the sustainable agriculture cuts contained in H.R. 1, the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR).  The first letter was signed by 154 grassroots organizations from throughout the country, while the second letter was signed by 35 national conservation organizations. The common thread, running […]

National Beginning Farmer Survey, Have You Participated?

February 28, 2011

Data on the challenges faced by today’s young and beginning farmers is hard to come by.  That’s why the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, in partnership with the Greenhorns and Beginningfarmers.org, is conducting a national survey to understand what’s working for beginning farmers, what’s not, and what policies they’d like to see in the next Farm […]

USDA Organic Farming Systems Research Conference Coming March 16-18

February 25, 2011

USDA will sponsor a free conference March 16-18, 2011  in Washington, DC, to examine findings from research on organic farming systems.  Attendees include researchers, policymakers, farmers, ranchers, and others interested in learning more about the implications of organic farming research. Major objectives for the conference are: To investigate findings on U.S. research on organic systems, […]

2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey

February 24, 2011

On Wednesday, February 23, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2009 survey on the contribution of America’s farms and ranches in the production of renewable energy. Conducted as a follow-on to the most recent Census of Agriculture, the survey focused on three principal renewable energy systems: solar panels, wind turbines, […]

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