OFRF Board Member Visits DC to Talk About Need for More Research

Dean McIlvaine of Twin Parks Organic Farm in Wayne County, Ohio, has operated an 850-acre organic grain farm since 1985. He grows organic corn, soybeans, spelt, oats, wheat, rye, clover, and has recently expanded into a rotating cow and calf grass fed beef operation to add to the farm’s diversity. Dean markets the farm’s products nationally and internationally. His father Dale purchased the farm in the mid-70’s and farmed conventionally until Dean transitioned it to an organic operation—following his college dream and his personal beliefs that organic food is healthier and better for the environment.

Practical Applications of Soil Health Research

How do farmers increase long-term soil health on their operations? This was the question at the center of the workshop held by OFRF on October 30th at the California Small Farm Conference in Stockton, California. The panel of speakers included Joanna Ory and Mark Lipson of OFRF and Joji Muramoto from UC Santa Cruz. The speakers discussed the characteristics of healthy soil and practices that growers can use to build healthy soils on their operations.

Many farmers strive to cultivate healthy, living soil. The workshop attendees were mostly farmers, with a mix of educators and agricultural professionals. The workshop focused on information from OFRF’s series of educational guidebooks, Soil Health and Organic Farming

OFRF Releases New Guide on Pesticide Drift Impacts

OFRF is pleased to announce the publication of its new educational guide titled, Avoiding Pesticide Drift Impacts on Organic Farms. Spray drift is a public health concern and an issue for organic farmers who suffer negative consequences should their organic fields become contaminated by pesticide drift. This guide provides steps organic farmers can take to reduce drift onto their farms, as well as practices conventional farmers can implement to reduce impacts on neighbors. 

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