Food Security Grants Target Regionally-Adapted Seeds and Breeds, Sustainable Agriculture

February 5, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week announced more than $16 million in Food Security grant funding, with an emphasis on sustainability and regionally-adapted seeds and breeds – areas of particular interest to the organic farming research community.

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is funding the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security program.

The AFRI Food Security challenge area in 2015 aims to advance development of more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal productions systems. Grants of up to $3 million each are available for research on regionally-adapted crop cultivars and livestock breeds, and grants of up to $1 million are available for proposals that will lead to regional and national food security solutions through the development and deployment of innovative crop, animal, or integrated crop-livestock production systems.

In addition, grants of up to $550,000 are available for proposals aimed at developing a national strategy for sustainable crop and livestock production in the United States.

Letters of intent are due April 2nd and full proposals are due June 4th. For full details, go to the AFRI website at

by Maria Gaura - OFRF