Nearly $500,000 for research on alternatives to antibiotics for fire blight control in organic crops was one of five grants funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The grants issued include $3 million from the Organic Transitions Program, according to a news release from the agency. The program, part of the agency’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, currently remains unauthorized to continue until a new farm bill is passed by Congress, according to a news release from the agency.
The awards include:
- Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $464,482, for a project to develop alternatives to antibiotics for fire blight control in organic crops;
- University of Texas Pan American. Edinburg, Texas, $746,973, for a project focused on research projects to address problems faced by organic farmers in south Texas;
- Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $749,661, for a project looking on the influence of organic farming on natural pest control.