Blogs | May 2014

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OFRF at the May OTA Policy Conference, Washington DC

Recently, I attended the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Policy Conference in my new role as OFRF’s Executive Director. The conference brought together many organic industry leaders who heard from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. A significant number of farmers also attended as part of the newly formed OTA Farmers Advisory Council.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Hires New Executive Director

Press Release

Organic Farming Research Foundation Hires New Executive Director

For immediate release: May 6, 2014
Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman
Rachel@ofrf.org
(831) 426-6606 

(Santa Cruz, CA) The board of directors of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Brise Tencer as executive director effective May 1. Since 1990, OFRF has funded over $3,000,000 in organic research projects and acted as a strong advocate for organic policy and education. 

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2014 RFA for the Crop Protection and Pest Management program.

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health.