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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Strengthening Public Corn Breeding to Ensure That Organic Farmers Have Access to Elite Cultivars: Outreach

Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Project Number: 3625-21000-063-05
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 15, 2011
End Date: Aug 31, 2014

Objective:
1) Manage project outreach efforts with farmers and industry for the multi-state breeding programs, 2) work with breeders to identify and utilize organic farms for testing and 3) assess success of outreach efforts.

Approach:
PFI has on-going farmer and seed company outreach activities in Iowa funded through our USDA appropriation; these will continue for the duration of this project. They include paying for research, field days, organizing our project’s annual meeting, and interacting with farmers. Funding from this proposal will supplement that effort in Iowa and especially boost it in the other states with organic organizations and coordinate those activities with PFI’s work. PFI will work closely to coordinate outreach with Organic Food & Farming Education & Research in New Mexico, and to coordinate work with the Organic Production and Marketing Program Work Team (a university-extension educator stakeholder group), New York Certified Organic (a farmer-organized group in central New York), and Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. PFI outreach will coordinate workshops at already planned farmer meetings around the upper Midwest and into the northeast to discuss with farmers the current status of the project, report data results from yield trials, strip trials and feeding trials, provide a summary publication, obtain on-farm trial participants and solicit input from stakeholders about the future of the project. To gauge if our outreach efforts were successful a post research survey will be conducted.

Last Modified: 8/22/2014
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