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Growing the Organic Portfolio at USDA. Dr. Tom Bewick USDA/CSREES National Program Leader. Organic Agriculture at CSREES. Integrated Organic Program is primary funding mechanism SARE funding for organic ag also significant

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growing the organic portfolio at usda

Growing the Organic Portfolioat USDA

Dr. Tom Bewick

USDA/CSREES

National Program Leader

organic agriculture at csrees
Organic Agriculture at CSREES
  • Integrated Organic Program is primary funding mechanism
  • SARE funding for organic ag also significant
  • NRI Managed Ecosystems also funds some research and integrated proposals related directly to organic ag
  • Many programs fund projects with indirect benefits to organic ag
the ifafs lesson
The IFAFS Lesson
  • Stakeholder advisory group that is consulted prior to development of project objectives
  • A measurable, outcome oriented plan for dissemination of information developed by project during the life of the project
  • Stakeholders involved in project evaluation
  • Progress reports that demonstrate impacts
brief history of iop
Brief History of IOP
  • 1998 farm bill authorized Organic Transitions Program (ORG)
  • 2002 farm bill mandated the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
  • 2007 farm bill
    • House version = $25 million for 5 years
    • Senate version = $90 million for 5 years
  • CSREES determined that the most sensible approach was to combine separate authorities into a single program