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The Integrated Organic Program. Tom Bewick National Program Leader USDA/CSREES. What WE mean by “integrated”. Multi-functional: Projects emphasize research and Extension and higher education. Multi-disciplinary Multi-state or multi-institutional. The IFAFS Model.

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the integrated organic program

The Integrated Organic Program

Tom Bewick

National Program Leader

USDA/CSREES

what we mean by integrated
What WE mean by “integrated”
  • Multi-functional: Projects emphasize research and Extension and higher education.
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Multi-state or multi-institutional
the ifafs model
The IFAFS Model
  • 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
congressional authorizations
Congressional Authorizations
  • Organic Transitions Program (ORG) – From 1998 Agricultural Research, Education and Economics Reform Act
  • Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) – From Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (aka Farm Bill)
how they differ
ORG

Appropriated annually

Limited eligibility

All three functions mentioned in law

Program goals focused on production systems

Recently competed for 4th time

OREI

Mandatory at $3M for 5 years

Broad eligibility

Higher ed. Not specifically mentioned

Program goals broader and include economic and consumer issues

2004 was first year of program

How they differ
the integrated organic program1
The Integrated Organic Program
  • CSREES has a history of collaborating with other agencies to offer grant programs larger than either could offer alone
    • Microbial genetics with NSF
    • Precision Ag. and geospatial technologies with NASA
  • Since both authorizations lie within CSREES, they were combined into a single RFA
integrated organic program
Integrated Organic Program
  • Provides flexibility in funding a single project from multiple sources
  • Both programs are competed with a single panel simultaneously.
    • Cuts down on panel costs
  • Applicants need not decide which program to apply to
iop in 2004
IOP in 2004
  • A total of $4.7 million available for awards.
  • 105 proposals submitted
    • requested almost $52 million
  • 86 proposals had at least some fundable objectives
    • Requested just over $42 million
  • 11 proposals recommended for funding
    • 10% of all; 13% of fundable
the ifafs model1
The IFAFS Model
  • 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
iop in 2005
IOP in 2005
  • House & Senate mark-up of 2005 appropriation has ORG at $1.88 million
  • 2005 RFA published beginning of Dec
    • Some minor differences from 2004 based on input from panelists and NAREEAB
  • Applications due beginning of May
  • Panel will meet in July
  • Plans for 2006 are for RFA publication in Oct.