OFRF is pleased to release their Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018 research grants. Applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States are eligible to apply. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2017. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in spring 2018.
They selected the priority areas for the RFP based on direct feedback from farmers and ranchers across the U.S. These priorities reflect the top areas where investment in research will make a real difference in helping organic farmers and ranchers be successful.
Research priorities include are not limited to:
- Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing, crop rotations, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.
- Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.
- Management of emerging insect and disease issues.
- Livestock health. Topics of particular interest include livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass based livestock production.
Please refer to the 2016 National Organic Research Agenda for more information on these topics.
Funding contributions are being accepted for OFRF’s 2018 research grant program. Your support will help bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. To learn more about how you can make a contribution to OFRF’s 2018 research grant program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.