Awards
Click on the Award titles for more information on the award and for a list of that Award's Recipients.

  • Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award
    This annual award, presented by OCIA R&E, recognizes an organic farmer for their achievements in organic agriculture.  Their farming practices are then communicated to OCIA members and the public.

    The Outstanding Organic Farmer of the Year is a yearly award honoring and recognizing talented producers who have certified to the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) level of excellence, for at least five years.

    wheat1OCIA International is one of the world’s foremost organic groups, with offices in Canada, the United States, Latin America, and Asia. OCIA Research and Education, Inc., a charitable organization founded by members of OCIA International developed the award program to honor and showcase talented producers who excel in cropping and livestock practices, who are good stewards of the natural environment and who are committed to the organic community.

    Apply for the Farmer of the Year Award
    Click here to download the Farmer of the Year Application. You will need Adobe Reader to view this file.

    Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award: This annual award, presented by OCIA R&E, recognizes an organic farmer for their achievements in organic agriculture.  Their farming practices are then communicated to OCIA members and the public.

  • OCIA Research & Education Scholarships
    To encourage study and research in the area of organic agriculture, the OCIA Research & Education Board awards one $1,000 scholarship to any graduate student at any post-secondary institution studying organic and sustainable agriculture.

    Apply for a 2017 Scholarship
    The following application and two letters of support must be emailed to Angie Tunink by the deadline January 31st. More information is in the following scholarship criteria. You will need Adobe Reader to view these files.
  • Micro Grants
    Call for Proposals
    Grants must pertain to organic research and be of benefit to OCIA certified members.  
    • Organic Research
        • Organic research involving crops or livestock
        1. Organic Education
            • Development of organic educational materials
            • On-farm field days, etc... 
          Criteria
          Typical grants would be in the range of $300 to $1,500.  The intent is to spread grant awards among as many regions as possible. Therefore, there may be limitations on the number of grants given within any one region. Proposals must support organic agriculture and research. A progress report or final report is due by December 31. The final report should be no more than two pages.

          Submission of proposals (must be legible)
          Download the application, fill it out. You will need Adobe Reader to view this file. Deadlines for applications are March 15th and November 15th.  Please send the application to Angela Tunink via email, fax or letter, at the address/number below:
          Angela Tunink - Executive Director
          OCIA Research and Education, Inc.
          1340 N. Cotner Blvd.
          Lincoln, NE 68505

          Phone: (402) 477-2323 Ext. 320
          Fax: 402-477-4325
          Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

          Research & Education
          • Project results must have the capability of being repeated by other individuals who may want to apply the concept to their circumstances.
          • The final report becomes the property of OCIA R&E, which reserves the right to distribute it to appropriate venues.
          • On-farm field research should include a control or check treatment, or compare at least two different treatments or variables so valid conclusions can be made.

          Documentation of Final Report
          •  Must include a summary of the results of the project.
          •  Referencing of material, bibliography

          Personal training MAY NOT be an acceptable micro grant project proposal.

          Distribution of Funds
          Majority of grant money (75%) is released upon acceptance of proposal. Remainder of money (25%) will be released once a final report, meeting board approval, is submitted.