New York, NY (PRWEB) December 23, 2013
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, responds to an article published by the USDA on December 11th, which discusses the grants being awarded to universities that are at the forefront of organic agriculture research.
According to the article published on December 11th by the USDA titled “USDA Grants Support Organic Agriculture Research,” the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has recently given over $3 million dollars in grants to five universities that have shown remarkable progress in organic agriculture research.
The USDA awarded the funds to the University of Texas Pan American, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, University of Florida and Washington State University. The money is being given as part of the Organic Transitions Program.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack elaborates on the importance of financially backing organic agriculture research. “The organic industry is a rapidly growing segment of American agriculture and it is important we continue to invest in sound science to support organic producers," he says in the article. "The discoveries these grants enable can help farmers who are looking to adopt the best organic practices that will make their operations more competitive and sustainable."
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, agrees that providing financial support to these institutions is imperative to the growth of the organic agriculture industry. “These universities are working to make discoveries in organic agriculture research that will further highlight the health, environmental and economic benefits of sustainable farming,” he says. “Providing these institutions with financial assistance enables them to continue with their research and gives them the assurance that the government supports their efforts.”
Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.