OFRF's Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce the selection of five innovative projects for its 2017 research grant awards. Grantees were selected based on the relevance of their proposed research projects to fostering the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems.
"We were impressed with the large number of excellent proposals we had to draw from for this round of grants," said Brise Tencer, Executive Directer at OFRF. "As with the grants we funded in 2016, all of these projects focus on priorities identified by organic farmers in our 2015 national survey of organic farmers."
The projects cover a broad range of topics that require extensive expertise for sustainable, organic production, including soil health, organic grain, strawberry production, and pest management in sweet corn.
"OFRF is especially glad to support the corn earworm management survey project, which is primarily from a social science perspective" " said Diana Jerkins, Research Program Director for OFRF. "By funding graduate student projects, we hope to encourage and assist young scientists in engaging in organic research and continuing to work in the organic industry."
Congratulations to all the grant recipients, including:
Stefanie Boucier, Farm Fuel Inc, Watsonville, California
Lisa Bunin, Organic Advocacy
Evaluation of organic strawberry transplants for organic strawberry production
Steve Culman, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Tunsisa Harisso, Anthony Fulford, Ohio State University
Evaluating soil protein as a new soil health indicator
Justin Keay, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri
Jaime Pinero, Lincoln University
Developing a cover crop-based, no-till system for small-scale vegetable producers: effects on soil health, weeds, arthropod communities, and yield
William Tracy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Corn earworm management: a survey of organic sweet corn growers
Ashley McFarland, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Colin Thompson, Monica Jean, Michigan State University
Examination of organic grain productivity to support the Upper Peninsula organic livestock industry
Since its founding in 1990, OFRF has awarded 337 grants to organic researchers and farmers, investing over $3M. All OFRF-funded research must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation, take place on certified organic land, and include strong education and outreach components. All research results are freely available in our online database at ofrf.org.
Funding of OFRF's 2017 grant awards is made possible through contributions from Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Lundberg Family Farms, Nature's Path, UNFI Foundation, and the Your Two Cents Fund.This generous support of our research program allows us to continue providing cutting edge information to organic farmers.
OFRF's next Request for Proposals will be released in the fall of 2017 for 2018 projects.