Flowers Replace Insecticides in Lettuce Production

Research generated by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in the heart of America’s Salad Bowl is showing how lettuce growers can control pests without the use of insecticides, by allowing a few flowering plants to grow among the salad greens.

Survey Season for Organic Farmers

Important questionnaires will be landing in rural mailboxes and inboxes in the coming weeks, aimed at helping the organic community take stock of the past year, and strategize for the future. Surveys distributed by Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) are designed to capture very different types of data, from every organic farmer in the U.S.

Congressional Organic Caucus Sees Promise in New Year

January 6, 2015 - As the US House of Representatives kicks off our nation’s 114th Congress today, OFRF welcomes back 32 members of the House Organic Caucus, and sends our thanks and appreciation to the eight caucus members who will not return in 2015, due to a combination of planned retirements and the 2014 mid-term elections.

Founded in 2003 at the instigation of Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), and sponsored by Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Ron Kind (D-WI), the bi-partisan House Organic Caucus boasted 40 members in 2014. The eight departing caucus members include retiring congressional heavyweights George Miller (D-CA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), along with friends of organic ag Doc Hastings (R-Wash), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Tom Latham (R-IA), James Moran (D-VA), Bill Owens (D-NY), and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH).

Reserve Your Seat - Tickets Now Available for OFRF's 18th Annual Luncheon at Expo West

 

Join us on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on the sunny Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center, as we celebrate a quarter-century of organic community, hard work, and innovation.

Network with the movers and shakers of the natural and organic industry, and enjoy a spectacular seasonal organic feast prepared by guest chefs Chris Blobaum and Donna Prizgintas.

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Researchers Develop Organic Disease Controls for Strawberry Growers

Fungi love strawberries for the same reasons humans do: they are sweet, juicy and delicious fruits. Verticillium wilt fungus is particularly fond of strawberries, and a persistent threat to California’s $2.6 billion strawberry industry. But a team of Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) research partners at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) have developed an effective, organic system for fighting this soil-borne threat.