Organic Research Grants Establish Infrastructure for USDA Support

While consumers embrace organic food, the agricultural establishment is still slow to acknowledge organic farming. OFRF’s Bob Scowcroft and Steve Ela review 2004.

BS: The highlight for the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) was USDA’s announcement of $4.6 million in organic systems research grants. This represented almost 10 years of OFRF advocacy in support of organic producers receiving a fair share of the USDA’s research resources. Though we’re a long way from the “fair share” portion, we do now have the infrastructure to see organic systems research— from funding to implementation to the circulation of the results—in place at the USDA.

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