The Organic Center today announced a new partnership with the Food and Agriculture Research Foundation (FFAR) to advance organic agriculture through the provision of $ 600,000 in matching funds for programs supporting training, technical support and innovative climate research. These funds will support several projects through two separate initiatives, a Biological Training Award for Agricultural Professionals and a Research Grants Program and an Extension Award, over the next three years.
“Research, training and technical support are the foundations of any strong agricultural system,” says Dr Jessica Shade, director of science programs at the Organic Center. “Despite an ever-increasing demand for organic products, funding for organic research and extension continues to fall behind. This collaboration with FFAR will be a game-changer for organic farming, offering equal support to selected projects that help expand critical climate research and extend the transfer of information to farmers.
Priority areas for research and extension projects were identified through a strong awareness campaign that began in 2019 at an Organic Research Consortium convening event co-organized by The Organic Center and FFAR. Over the next year, the two organizations engaged a diverse group of thought leaders, farmers, researchers and policy makers in a vigorous debate on the needs of the industry. The priorities selected strike a balance between sector growth, human capital and equity, and environmental stewardship.
The Organic Training for Agricultural Professionals Award will award up to $ 300,000 per year to programs with the most success in training agronomic groups and professionals in organic practices. Funding will be provided for one year, with the possibility of extension for up to three years. Pre-applicants will open on December 13 and close on January 28, 2022. Programs are required to provide matching funds for this award.
The 2022 Organic Center-FFAR Joint Biological Research Program will award grants of up to $ 200,000 per applicant for projects lasting one to three years. Matching funds are not required for this project. Successful projects will focus on biological techniques to improve mitigation and resilience to climate change, with a priority on systems-based approaches and a commitment to cross-sector partnerships. Pre-registrations will open on December 13 and close on January 28, 2022.
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