USDA announces three grants to Penn State University

October 3, 2019
Press Release
$1.3 million in grants from the department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture are part of the Organic Transitions Program

Washington, D.C. — The United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced three separate grants from the department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Pennsylvania State University totaling $1,343,605 as part of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG).

 

The specific grants are as follows:

  • $500,000 to study whether there is a role for microbial management in organic agriculture. The grant is to run through August 31, 2022.
  • $499,500 to study whether smart tillage reduces N2O emissions from organic agriculture. The grant is to run through August 31, 2022.
  • $344,105 to study conservation of a multifunctional fungus for plant protection in organic cropping systems. The grant is to run through August 31, 2022.

 

The following statement on the grant can be attributed to Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA):

 

“Penn State University has tremendous agriculture research capabilities that benefit the agriculture industry across the country. These grants to Penn State as part of the Organic Transitions Program are a recognition of the great and innovative work being done by the university to support the next generation of farming.

 

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