Organic Farming Research Foundation works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.
On April 5th, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research, Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation, and the AFRI Coalition are partnering to convene an Agricultural Research Congressional Exhibition and Receptionin Washington D.C.
OFRF welcomed 90 farmers, researchers, and students from around the world to the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium in Kentucky on January 25-26, for presentations and discussion on organic agriculture topics ranging from soil health and pest management to social science and organic transition.
The Organicology conference in Portland, Oregon the first week of February offered education, workshops, and networking opportunities for thousands of organic enthusiasts and stakeholders. The conference included discussions on a broad array of topics, from business and marketing issues to the transition and growth of organic farmland. Much of the talk revolved around the opportunity for increasing organic production in the U.S. in order to fulfill growing demand currently being met with imported product. Opportunity abounds, but not without serious challenges. Hearing directly from farmers and everyone along the supply chain at this conference, the message was clear. We all need to work together on solutions that will move us toward a significant increase in organic agriculture in the U.S.
On January 18th, USDA released the final rules for more stringent animal-welfare standards for organic agriculture. The new rule will now take place 60 days later than planned due to the administration's freeze on new regulations. Under the new rules, organic cattle, pigs, and poultry must be allowed outdoor access each day, and living conditions must include fresh air, sunlight, and proper ventilation. Additionally, livestock must have at least enough space to stand up, lie down, and move about.