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Making Organic Farms More Resilient

Researchers at Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, and Rodale Institute are evaluating the production, environmental, and economic benefits of growing cash crops in rotation with forage crops used for grazing. This project is supported by NIFA’s Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

The researchers note that organic production in the United States is dominated by cash grain crops, with the majority of organic farmers in the Midwest and Northeast using off-farm purchases to feed their organic animal herds. The research investigates the benefits of integrating livestock into organic cropping systems.

Read more about the Resiliency of Organic Farms.

Want to read about more impacts like this? Check out Fresh from the Field, a weekly bulletin showcasing transformative impacts made by grantees funded by NIFA.

Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products;
Agriculture systems and technology;
Food safety, nutrition, and health
U.S. States and Territories
Iowa,
Minnesota,
Pennsylvania
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