Science on the Farm: Resources


If you are looking for more information about agriculture-related funding and research programmes or would like to find out about portals packed with handy links, then look no further than our Resources page.

Elsewhere on Next Wave

Here are some previously published Next Wave articles that you might want to check out: Agricultural Reform Research: What do the German government's recent reforms on agricultural policy mean for researchers in that country?

Organic Farming: a Fertile Field of Research: Find out why organic farming doesn't deserve its low-tech image.

The GrantDoctor: The GrantDoctor suggests ways to find funding for basic research in the areas of sustainable agriculture or food self-sufficiency in developing countries.

National and International Funding Programmes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA) is the government agency charged with overseeing agriculture in the United States.

USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service offers grants to support agricultural research at universities and other institutions.

The Directorate for Biological Sciences of the U.S. National Science Foundation funds work on basic plant science.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization works to alleviate poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition, and food security.

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research supports 16 autonomous research centres around the world.

The International Development Research Centre ( IDRC) awards Use of Fertility Enhancing Food, Forage and Cover Crops in Sustainably Managed Agroecosystems: The Bentley Fellowship to Canadian or developing-country students or researchers with a university degree in agriculture, forestry, or biology who wish to undertake postgraduate applied on-farm research in a developing country with cooperating farmers. IDRC also administers the AGROPOLIS award, a new International Research Awards Programme in Urban Agriculture that seeks to promote the advancement of knowledge and inform interventions in critical areas of (peri)urban agriculture.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada participates in the Science Horizons Program, which funds science and technology internships designed to help young people gain work experience in scientific and technological fields.

In the UK, the BBSRC and the NERC both support research in areas related to agriculture and the environment; they also host online debates on ethics and science and society.

Research Programmes

The Federal Agricultural Research Centre ( FAL) in Germany conducts research in the area of agricultural science and related disciplines. Research institutes cover various topics such as organic farming, soil, animals, technology, and economics. One purpose of FAL is to obtain basic scientific knowledge to assist in political decisions on nutrition, agriculture, forestry, and consumer issues. Job openings are listed on their Web site.

HDRA, the organic organisation, has a research department carrying out projects in such areas as pest, weed, and disease management and soil nutrient dynamics.

Elm Farm Research Centreis another U.K.-based organisation carrying out research into organic farming practices.

The European Weed Research Society promotes and co-ordinates research into all aspects of weed science.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the federal department responsible for national agricultural policies, information, research and technology, and programs, oversees 19 diverse research centres in Canada.

The Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research ( IGER), the Institute of Biological Sciences ( IBS), and the Institute of Rural Studies ( IRS) form the Aber bio Centre (ABC), a centre based in Wales and devoted to the research and exploitation of land-based biosystems.

The Bioscience Network is comprised of major UK organisations carrying out research in agriculture, environment, food, and health, including:

The National Soil Resources Institute is dedicated to research in and promotion of the sustainable management of soil and land resources in the long-term both in the UK and worldwide.

Information Portals

The Food Safety Network at the University of Guelph provides research, commentary, policy evaluation, and public information on food safety issues from farm to fork.

EU-AgriNet is the E.U.-funded agricultural research portal, giving links to EC and international programmes, events, and a "project showcase."

The BUBL Information Service's Agricultural Research page provides links to relevant Internet resources.

Agricultural Research Organisations on the Web allows you to browse by region or country.

The National Agricultural Library provides access to agricultural information.

This Web Directory allows you to search agriculture topics by category.

For the latest on agriculture-related issues and policies, visit the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Web site. The list of agencies and public bodies it sponsors offers a wealth of useful contacts.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture Web site contains details on careers in the production of agricultural products; in food processing, packaging, marketing and distribution industries; and in a wide range of professional, technical and skilled occupations.

The Canadian Institute of Food Sciences and Technology (CIFST) is the national association for more than 1500 food industry professionals. Its membership is comprised of scientists and technologists in industry, government and academia who are committed to advancing food science and technology. CIFST strongly supports students in food related disciplines and offers programs about skilled, technical and scientific opportunities in the food sciences industry, as well as scholarships and networking opportunities.

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