Funding to Increase Technical Assistance for California Organic Farmers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is awarding $1.85 million to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) to increase technical assistance for California’s organic farmers. CDFA’s State Organic Program is executing $850,000 in contracts with UC ANR to run through September 2024, while CDFA’s Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation is awarding a $1 million grant to run from July 2022 to June 2025. The CDFA funds will allow UC ANR to hire two academic coordinators, which are currently being recruited. “The academic coordinators will work directly with growers, as well as develop research and extension projects that will involve existing UC Cooperative Extension personnel,” according to Houston Wilson, director of UC ANR’s Organic Agriculture Institute. “One of the coordinators will specifically focus on connecting our efforts with small-scale and historically underserved growers through our partnership with the UC Small Farms Program.”