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James Cook, Groundswell Organic Farm

When organic farmer James Cook of Groundswell Farm was asked who he considered to be his greatest political ally, he did not miss a beat when he replied, "CONSUMERS!"

 

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The Organic Farmers' Burden

The near stranglehold which agribusiness holds over policymaking in Washington, DC was painfully evident in the six month spending measure Congress approved last week. Buried deep in the last minute compromise were two legislative riders hand crafted by the agricultural biotechnology and concentrated animal feedlot operation (CAFO) lobbyists. The first rider guts judicial review of the process for approving genetically modified seeds while the second rolls back USDA’s already weak regulations protecting the contract rights of poultry and beef producers. 

Where’s your Farmer?

You’ve heard about “Know Your Food, Know Your Farmer” campaign. This past week at the MOSES conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, I met with several groups working to make sure there are actually farmers to know, especially organic farmers. They took somewhat different approaches, all with the intent to make certain we have farmers in the future.

Some organizations help farmers who are close to retirement transition their farm to the next generation. They provide guidance and advice to ensure that the land is kept in organic production. Sometimes the farm is passed on to the children. Other times the farm is handed over to a non-relative.

CALLING ALL FARMERS

OFRF is conducting an in depth insight study to gain farmer perspective on the current and emerging needs of American farmers.  We are asking you to participate in a 45 minute interview with a professional market research firm.  This insight will help shape future programs in research, education and policy.  If you would like to participate, please send your name and availability to info@gorfh.com.  Please add 'Farmer Insight Study' into the subject line.

Thank you!

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MOSES

Spring is nature’s way of saying “LETS PARTY!”   - Robin Williams -

The apple trees are pruned, the tomato seeds are planted and cover crops are just about ready to be worked into the soil. My own cover crops will have to wait until I return from MOSES Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Farming Conference. My small organic garden in California pales in comparison to the scale of most organic farms across the country, it does, however, hint at what it takes to put healthy, organic food on our tables.

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Can We Fuel Nine Billion People?

Has it really come to this?  A trade-off between feeding or fueling our world?  Apparently so.

Recently, I’ve noticed a crop *ahem* of articles addressing the growing debate of land use.  The Feb. 3, 2013 Sunday NY Times featured a story how Western Colorado Valley’s new economy, based on tourism and organic peaches, is now being threatened by polluted water and toxic chemicals as a result of hydraulic fracturing.  The day before, I read of California’s Central Valley ‘solar farms’ are taking over v

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Organic food on our holiday table

There is a lot of uncertainty these days. Will we have a farm bill? Will Congress avert the fiscal crisis? What were the Mayans thinking anyway? One thing I do know is certain, as long as organic farming is the fastest growing sector in agriculture, OFRF will fill an important role in championing the needs of organic farmers. 
 
 
 
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Rural America Remains Relevant

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a recent speech that rural America is “becoming less and less relevant” in agricultural politics.  While we agree that the USDA and farm legislators need a more “proactive message, not a reactive message,” as Vilsak pointed out, the reason we don’t have farm legislation for the upcoming 5 years is because it is precisely farm-state, rural legislators who are standing in the way. 

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Let's take flight with organic agriculture

On Friday, thousands of volunteers will flock to fields and shorelines with binoculars for the start of the 113th Annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Last week, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of what birders will see. I had the pleasure of introducing, Mike Sutton, the new Executive Director of California Audubon to the Lundberg Family Farms family members in the Sacramento Delta.

Give Healthy Organics this Holiday Season

The necessity for holiday gift-giving and more hours in the day seem to go hand-in-hand. This year, we make it easier for you. Now you can give organic gifts that your family will love that are healthy, easy, AND!... support organic farming.

Our wonderful partners have agreed to donate a percentage of their sales to OFRF while delivering good organic holidays to your friends and family.

This Thanksgiving, we are very grateful for your continued support. Please share the great work our friends at America's Best Organics, Lisa's Organics, Big Empty Bison Leather, and Uncle Matt's Organic do for American organic farming, everyday.

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