Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Due Date: 3/1/2018

Budget: $17,600,000

Opportunity: USDA-NIFA-ICGP-006429

OREI (~$20M/year) was established by the 1990 Federal Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), Title 21 of the 1990 Farm Bill, and the first grants were awarded in 2004. The recent 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized OREI until 2018. OREI supports research, education, and extension programs that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI has eight goals that are legislatively-defined by the Farm Bill:

  1. Facilitating the development and improvement of organic agriculture production, breeding, and processing methods
  2. Evaluating the potential economic benefits of organic agricultural production and methods to producers, processors and rural communities
  3. Exploring international trade opportunities for organically grown and processed agricultural commodities
  4. Determining desirable traits for organic commodities
  5. Identifying marketing and policy constraints on the expansion of organic agriculture
  6. Conducting advanced on-farm research and development that emphasizes observation of, experimentation with, and innovation for working organic farms, including research relating to production, marketing, food safety, socioeconomic conditions, and farm business management
  7. Examining optimal conservation and environmental outcomes relating to organically produced agricultural products
  8. Developing new and improved seed varieties that are particularly suited for organic agriculture

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