May 25, 2011
On Tuesday, May 24, USDA released the Request for Applications (RFA) for its Organic Transitions Program.
The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program is 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 newly adopting organic practices. In Fiscal Year 2011, the grants will focus on the environmental services that sustainable agriculture enhances, such as climate change mitigation and soil quality preservation and enhancement.
Projects should address practices associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and systems integrating plant and animal production.
Public, private, and state higher education institutions are eligible to apply for this grant at any level up to $750,000. Projects may span one to three years with a funding cap of $300,000 per year.
The deadline for submitting RFAs is June 30, 2011.
Read the full RFA here; obtain submission instructions and the online application package here. Contact the program administrator, Mary Monnig Peet at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for additional information.
Categories: Organic, Research, Education & Extension
It is great that they are finally starting a grant program for this.