Project to Help Northwest Dryland Wheat Farmers Shift to Organic Production

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Transitions Program awarded scientists from Washington State University, Oregon State University, North Carolina State University, and the Rodale Institute a $1 million grant to study the best way to shift to organic wheat farming. Each of the four collaborating institutions will focus on organic farming systems in its own region. Washington State University will explore ways to overcome three challenges faced by Inland Northwest wheat growers: weed management, finding a non-chemical source of nitrogen for soils, and how to reduce the costs of both. The team will also be looking at combined wheat and grazing systems with legume crops that can fix nitrogen and then provide cattle grazing to secure soil health benefits.
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