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Organic Transitions Program Applications Due

By February 27, 2013

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Note that the FY 2013 Organic Transitions Program request for applications is now available for public viewing. If you were planning on applying, you've got until Apr 05, 2013.

The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the overall goal is to help "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."

USDA notes:

"For 2013, ORG is prioritizing environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG). Two new priorities have been added to support (1) the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices and (2) the development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Programs National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production, and organic systems integrating plant and animal production."

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Private Institutions of Higher Ed
  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

Download the application for Organic Transitions Program or learn more.


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