A One-Stop Shop for Organics at usda.gov, with Lots in Store!
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce a new one-stop shop for organics at usda.gov! We are also pleased to highlight grants to support organic-focused research, education and extension programs.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce a new one-stop shop for organics at usda.gov!
We are also pleased to highlight grants to support organic-focused research, education and extension programs.
|One-Stop Shop for Organics at usda.gov
Looking for USDA
programs and services that support the growing organic sector? USDA has
created a centralized web resource center at USDA.gov for all the
programs, services, and data we have that support organic agriculture.
Visit (and bookmark) the organic web resource center to access:
- Conservation programs, flexible microloans, and other financial resources for farmers and ranchers.
- Organic price reports, cost/revenue comparisons, and other economic and market data.
- Improved crop and livestock insurance and other programs tailored to the organic sector.
- Production and conservation assistance and research on organic agriculture.
- Benefits of organic certification and how to get certified.
- USDA staff at your local field offices and much more!
USDA is committed to helping organic agriculture grow and thrive by removing obstacles for organic farmers and businesses.
Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack instructed
all USDA agencies to incorporate the needs of the organic sector into
their programs and services, and asked AMS to lead this effort.
This one-stop shop for organic-related programs and services at USDA.gov is one way we are meeting those needs.
USDA Blog: A One-Stop Shop for Organics, with Lots in Store
By Mark Lipson, USDA Organic Policy Advisor
Organic Resource Center at USDA.gov
|USDA Grants Support Organic Ag Research
Last week, Secretary
Vilsack announced that the following universities received a combined
total of $3 million to support research, education and Extension
programs that will improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $675,719. This project focuses on developing sustainable wholefarm systems for organic pecan production in the Southeast.
- Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $464,482. This project will develop alternatives to antibiotics for fire blight control in organic crops.
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $718,225.
This project will create a series of online, interactive educational
modules with a focus on the fundamentals of organic agriculture and how
to transition to organic farming.
- University of Texas Pan American. Edinburg, Texas, $746,973.
This project focuses on launching an innovative new academic program
that engages students in rigorous, well-designed research projects
designed to address real-world problems faced by organic farmers in
- Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $749,661. This project examines whether, over time, the adoption of organic farming improves natural pest control.
The flagship program to
fund organic production, the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension
Initiative, currently remains unauthorized to continue until a new Farm
Bill is passed by Congress.
USDA is funding these
efforts through its Organic Transitions Program, which is an essential
part of our commitment to the organic farm sector. USDA also provided
$847,637 in continuation awards to previous Organic Transitions Program
About the Organic Transitions Program
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