Organic Resources: Support, Education, Research
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
Their Mission: To promote agriculture and food systems that build healthy land, people, communities and quality of life, for present and future generations. Vision and work:
"We recognize the essential relationship between healthy local agriculture and a strong local food system; a relationship that benefits from food to grown and processed locally. This adds quality and security, as well as social and ecological responsibility and benefits to the community. It is this understanding that motivates NSAS's work to strengthen and enhance these systems together. Our work spans across Nebraska.
"As a non-profit organization, we are proud of our diverse membership which includes farmers, rural and urban consumers, market gardeners, educators, families and restaurateurs. We welcome anyone who is concerned about family farming, environmental quality and good, healthy food!"
Center for Applied Rural Innovations (CARI) is the focal point within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for communities and individuals to obtain information and program support needed to enhance their economic and social well-being. CARI has developed some of the most community-driven and impact-oriented programs focusing on rural viability.
Kimmel Education and Research Center, Nebraska City
Offers the Inventors, Investors and Entrepreneurs Club (meets monthly), the annual Wild Fruit & Nut Jam event, and other educational and research efforts aimed at creating new economic opportunities and developing the entrepreneurial and leadership skills of individuals, organizations and communities.
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
An excellent source for more detailed information on organic certification and marketing and is available for free. Call 1-800-346-9140 and request the Organic Certification Information Package, or visit their web site above.
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC)
OACC facilitates research and education for organic producers and consumers to build sustainable communities.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
The Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.
- Address/Phone: PO Box 440, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. Ph. 408-426-6606
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Research and Education
The mission of OCIA Research and Education is to support farmer driven research, on farm and at research institutions, including exploratory and demonstration projects. They facilitate connections among farmers, researchers, consumers and decision makers, and educate organic producers and local and global communities regarding organic farming and foods.
- Information on vermicomposting and disease suppression from the 2007 OCIA R&E scholarship winner, Alison Jack Slides poster
- Information on the economic and social links between organic farms and rural communities in Ontario from OCIA R&E 2006 scholarship winner, Shauna MacKinnon Summary
Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)
The USDA-NRCS has a special program within their EQIP program for transitioning to organic production. EQIP Organic Transition Program details may vary between counties. Contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for more information. Center for Rural Affairs has been working with NRCS's - EQIP program and the organic certification process. Contact Martin Kleinschmit: 402-254-6893.
- SARE resource materials on sustainable agriculture
- Grant Programs
Nebraska contact: Karen DeBoer
UNL Extension- Cheyenne County
920 Jackson St., PO Box 356
Sidney, NE 69162-0356
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