CCOF Advocates for Organic Research at Agency Listening Session

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) held a listening session in Sacramento on November 2 to gather input on research priorities. CCOF’s senior policy specialist Jane Sooby commented on the need to integrate organic topics into NIFA’s research portfolio, pointing out that the unique nature of organic farming warrants in-depth study.
NIFA is an agency within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture which funds food and agricultural research through a range of grants programs. The two federal programs dedicated to organic research, the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative and the Organic Transitions Program, are administered by NIFA.
Comprised mostly of agricultural researchers and college administrators, the audience provided NIFA with priorities ranging from studying farm labor dynamics to providing consumer education on nutrition.
The session was livestreamed and audio recordings of the comments will be posted online.