On March 2nd, USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist held a stakeholder listening session to identify opportunities, knowledge, and gaps in agricultural research, and evaluate research priorities for enhancing U.S. agricultural production systems over the next 50 years.
OFRF’s Research Program Director, Diana Jerkins, presented to a wide ranging group of USDA officials, congressional staffers, researchers, associations, and non-profits on the challenges and research priorities identified in OFRF’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda.
Michael Stein, OFRF’s Policy Associate, also attended the listening session, taking the opportunity to communicate the importance of funding organic research to this diverse group.
With double digit growth in each of the last five years, the organic industry is a key component of long-term sustainable production in the United States. While it is unclear what will come out of this listening session, it was a wonderful opportunity for OFRF to engage with a diverse group of researchers to help ensure organic agricultural research is at the forefront of agricultural sustainability for the next 50 years and beyond.
OFRF aslo submitted comments at the session. Read them here.