The Rise of Organic and Its Impact on People and the Planet

Klaas Martens began his farming career as a conventional grower in the 1970s. He and his partner, Mary-Howell, began to transition their farm in the early 1990s. Klaas and Mary-Howell now farm 1,400 acres of certified organic crops and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, a certified organic feed and seed business. Organic research is a strong component of their farming operation. They have conducted on-farm research independently and in cooperation with university researchers.

It is a mistake to view organic farming as if it just began with the ‘Back to Land Movement’ of the 1970’s or a return to 1930’s-style agriculture. Both these characterizations are overly simplistic and miss the deep historic and scientific roots behind the internationally-recognized certified organic production standards of today.

House Agriculture Committee Passes Partisan Farm Bill

On April 18th, OFRF Policy Associate Michael Stein attended the House Agriculture Committee’s hearing on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill passed (26-20) along straight party lines and is on its way to the floor of the House of Representatives. 

Initial Draft of Legislation to Reauthorize the Farm Bill Released

Working closely with both Republicans and Democrats, OFRF has been advocating strongly for the inclusion of important organic provisions in the Farm Bill. We are very pleased the House Agriculture Committee has included increased support for organic research, data collection, and organic enforcement in the initial draft (House mark).

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