WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced a grant of nearly $2.3 million going to Penn State University for research to help farmers operate successful organic farms.
“Organic farmers play a vital role in Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry,” said Senator Casey. “This grant will help organic farmers develop best practices to more efficiently manage their farms, protect the environment and boost profitability.”
The main goal of Penn State’s project is to quantify the benefits and trade-offs of using diverse organic crop mixtures in animal feeding rotations.
The grant is available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, which seeks to enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products.