Source: Purdue University

A team of Purdue University officials will use a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to boost organic farming in Indiana.

Kevin Gibson, an associate professor of botany and plant pathology and leader of the project, said organic farming has gotten off to a slower start in Indiana than in several neighboring states. He hopes the three-year research program, funded through USDA's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, can turn that around.

"Indiana has fewer organic farms than our surrounding states," Gibson said. "We want to better understand that and see if we can help to increase the number of organic farms in our state."

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