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Let's Change the Farm Bill NOW

The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in the U.S Congress. While the Senate version of the bill, released the week of April 23rd, maintains many important programs that support organic agriculture, it is critical that we remain vigilant throughout the debate to ensure that legislators in the House hear from people around the country that we demand that they invest in an organic future for agriculture.

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Conservation on the Farm Bill

While the Senate Agriculture Committee was marking up the Farm Bill on Thursday, April 26th, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on conservation, the second of eight hearings the House will hold in order to write its version of the bill.  Witnesses testified that cuts to conservation beyond the $6 billion from the Senate would have severe consequences.

Press Release: Organic Growth Puts America's Universities to the Test

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Assesses How Universities Will Meet Economic Demand with Future Organic Farmers

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Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA,  (May 1, 2012) Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced today the release of the first Organic Land Grant Assessment Report, measuring research, education and outreach in the federally funded Land Grant system.  The system, initiated by President Abraham Lincoln's visionary Land Grant Law, includes universities, research stations and Cooperative Extension.

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The 2012 Farm Bill: Three reasons It's More Complicated This Time Around

1. It's an election year.  Yes, 2008 was an election year, too, but both the House and Senate had already passed their versions of the bill by the end of 2007, giving Congress a great deal more time to reconcile their differences before the election.  Even with a presidential veto, there was still time to get it passed.  This time around, the election is less than seven months away, and neither the House nor the Senate have even drafted their own versions of a bill.  There may still be time to wrap things up, but only if Congress can move at warp speed between now and Election Day. 

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) taps Faith Grant as National Policy Advocate

OFRF Delivers Another Powerful Voice for Organic Farmers in Washington DC

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Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA  (April 25, 2012) At one of the most pivotal moments for American agriculture, the revision of the farm bill, OFRF announces the addition of Faith Grant as their National Policy Advocate located in Washington D.C. Faith is responsible for shepherding OFRF’s policy programs that increase public funding for research and education for organic farmers, gain wider adoption of organic agriculture in the U.S., and educate policy makers on the crucial role of organic agriculture in America.

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Flyin' with Farmers!

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Celebrates Farmers and Puts ORGANIC Culture in Agriculture

OFRF Luncheon at Natural Products Expo West March 8, 2012

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Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA, (March 5, 2012)  Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) will celebrate American organic family farmers in a big way at the Natural Products Expo West conference and trade show being held at the Anaheim Convention Center March 8 - 11, 2012.

Press Release: Organic Farming Matters in Michigan

OFRF Urges Organic Supporters to Show Organic Strength to Senator Stabenow in Battle Creek

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Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Battle Creek, MI,  (January 13, 2012), When it comes to galvanizing organic advocates for Farm Bill 2012, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) leads the charge. OFRF is calling upon more organic farmers, urban agriculturists, food justice advocates and health-conscious consumers to show rigorous support for organic representation in Farm Bill 2012 to Senator Stabenow at the Michigan Family Farms Conference on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation Seeds New Organic Crop Varieties and Farming Practices

OFRF invests $50,640 in four new grants to improve the success of organic farmers

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Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA (January 10, 2012)  Organic farmers in Oregon will be growing sweeter corn, while their counterparts in North Carolina will be testing new varieties of broccoli best suited for their farms, thanks to grants awarded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Board of Directors. Additional grants will fund projects designed to help organic growers increase their yields while decreasing nitrogen and impacts on surrounding waterways, and to prevent organic seed-producing crops from being contaminated by GMOs. The OFRF Board approved four grants totaling $50,640 to help grow the industry's organic knowledge.

The Future of Organic Farming

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"The economic viability of organic farming just keeps getting better and better."

- Rich Everett-

Everett Family Farm specializes in growing and selling high-quality organic produce, free-range pastured eggs, flowers, apples, and persimmons. Rich Everett started farming organically after 25 years with West Marine, Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA. His wife, Laura May Everett, grew up in the Napa Valley, where her family grew organic grapes for local wineries.

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