Clif Bar Family Foundation announced today it has awarded the first fellowships in organic plant breeding ever granted in the U.S.

Funded through its organic seed initiative known as Seed Matters, the foundation issued $375,000 in grants to fund three Ph.D. fellowship students for five years in organic plant breeding at two land grant universities.

The first recipient of a Seed Matters Fellowship, Brook Brouwer, began his studies last month at Washington State University's Mount Vernon Research Center. The other two recipients will begin in the fall semester at WSU in Pullman and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

-- Steve Brown

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