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  1. Vol. 5 No. 1
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    Accepted: May 17, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): cbull@pw.ars.usda.gov
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US Federal Organic Research Activity is Expanding

  1. Carolee T. Bull *a
  1. a USDA/ARS, 1636 E. Alisal St., Salinas, CA 93905


The United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service is the agency responsible for the federal effort in agricultural research. A recent survey of the ~2340 USDA/ARS scientists revealed that approximately 8% of the scientists were interested in working on research topics for organic agriculture. At the time of the survey only about 4% had worked in or were working on projects useful to certified organic industries. The survey identified several obstacles hindering work in organic agriculture. Some obstacles such as low funding levels were not unique to organic research while other obstacles were. A recent USDA/ARS workshop on organic agriculture helped to identify and alleviate some of those issues.

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