BY NATASHA GEILING, thinkprogress.org
In 2011, the tiny mountain nation of Bhutan announced a lofty goal: make the country's agricultural system 100 percent organic by the year 2020. If it succeeded, it would be the first country in the world to achieve the feat.
Bhutan — nestled in the Himalayas between India and China — only has about 700,000 people living within its borders, and most are farmers. It's a majority Buddhist kingdom, and its culture reflects several key tenets of that religion — sustainable development, conservation of the environment, preservation of the culture, and good governance.
The CFIA recently issued a Notice addressing the threat of the re-emergence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the fall of 2015 that has the potential to negatively impact the health and welfare of poultry. See below for the full report.
Clif Bar Spearheads $10 Million Investment to Fund Five Endowed Chairs Focused on Organic Agricultural Research
Partners with Organic Valley on the first chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emeryville, Calif. – June 23, 2015 – Clif Bar & Company and Organic Valley today named the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) as the recipient of the nation's first endowed chair focused on plant breeding for organic crops. The endowment, to be funded in perpetuity with a $1 million gift from the companies and matched by a $1 million gift from UW graduates John and Tashia Morgridge, will fund research to develop crop varieties adapted to organic systems.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a non-profit organization working to advance organic agriculture by funding scientific research, announces the availability of its report: "Impacts of OFRF Grants: 2006 – 2014". The report provides an overview of 106 grants, an investment of nearly $1.5 million focused on major challenge areas for organic farmers, such as pest, disease and weed management.