Organic Transitions

The goal of the ORG program is to 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.In FY 2017, ORG anticipates funding standard Integrated

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Research, Education, and Extension projects with a project period of 1 to 3 years.

Budgets may not exceed $200,000 per year with the total amount awarded not to exceed $500,00 0. NIFA expects to make a total of seven to eight awards.Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and organic systems that integrate plant and animal production.Applications are expected to contain descriptions of stakeholder involvement in problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to assemble project teams that include those with expertise in research, education, extension, and evaluation and to utilize a systems approach.

Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers, students, or their information providers, such as extension agents/educators, agricultural consultants, or college teaching faculty.
Related Programs

Integrated Programs

Department of Agriculture

Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Estimated Funding: $3,800,000

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Organic Transitions (ORG)

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Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities as defined in section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA, 7 U.S.C.


Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by sections 7101 and 7129 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law (P.L.) 110-246, sections 7101, 7129 (c) (4)) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs) and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities.

(See Definitions in Part VIII, E.)

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