Research Priorities & Funding History

For each 5-year funding cycle, research priorities were identified by a stakeholder committee composed of organic growers, consumers, suppliers, and researchers in the region.

Research Priorities Funding period FY08–FY12

Nutrient and soil management – affordable nitrogen sources, soil phosphorus balance, managing biological N, maintaining soil quality, perennial crop understory management

Integrating livestock into organic cropping systems – grazing systems, organic animal feeds, organic livestock health maintenance, enterprise integration and rotation

Pest management – agroecosystem design, biological and mechanical control methods, efficacy of new products and tools

Seed Production - Organic seed production, seed protection, and variety development specific for organic systems

Food quality – effects of farming practice, crop varieties, tests for nutritive and health properties

Economics – industry structure and trends, market assessment, enterprise budgeting, input and risk evaluation

Research Priorities Funding period FY03–FY07

Seed Production – Organic seed production, seed protection, and variety development specific for organic systems

Understory management – soil, water, weed, pest management in fruit trees, vines, and berries

Organic weed control and soil fertility – methods for annual crops and perennials

Efficacy testing – testing organic materials and strategies for pest and fertility management

Economics - trends for the organic agriculture sector

Funding History

Fiscal Year Requested Amt Funded Amt Appr. Bill Account; Subaccount
2009 $500,000  $231,207  AG USDA CSREES; Special Grant
2008 $810,000  $246,313  AG USDA CSREES; Special Grant
2007 $810,000  0
2006 $810,000  $359,000  AG USDA CSREES; Special Grant
2005 $810,000  $335,000  AG USDA CSREES; Special Grant
2004 $810,000  $225,000  AG USDA CSREES; Special Grant
2003 $510,000  $125,000  AG USDA CSREES; Special Grant
Total: $1,533,746 

 

Organic Grant Program

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Research Priorities & Funding History