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USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications from colleges and universities for $3.8 million in funding under the Organic Transitions Program (ORG). The overall goal of ORG 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 adopting organic practices. ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation, pollinator health, and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG), as well as the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices, and development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Program's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. It is expected that all projects will integrate research, education, and extension activities.
Applications are due by March 29, 2018.