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Integrated Organic and Water Quality Program Research, Education, and Extension Grants

More than $19 million was awarded through the NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, including three universities which received funding under the new NIFA Integrated Organic and Water Quality Program.

The NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative funds projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who already have adopted organic standards to grow and market high-quality organic agricultural products.

The NIFA Integrated Organic and Water Quality Program funds projects that demonstrate benefits to soil and water availability posed by implementing certified organic practices. Projects combine physical measurements of soil and surface and/or groundwater conditions. The program focuses on funding comparisons between certified organic farms and conventional farms of sediment delivery, nutrient use and transport, and overall water availability at the farm or field scale. Projects are expected to combine physical measurements of soil and surface and/or groundwater conditions at the field or farm scale with modeling information generated at the same spatial and temporal scale. Projects are expected to demonstrate (using field and modeling information) benefits or challenges to soil and water availability (quality and quantity) posed by implementing certified organic practices.

Additionally, NIFA is interested in projects that solve water resource issues at the field or farm scale using research, education, and extension activities, and projects that explore the linkage between surface water and groundwater availability (quality and quantity).  Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, and the Ohio State University are the FY 2009 NIFA Integrated Organic and Water Quality Program grant recipients.  

 

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