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End-of-Year Wrap-up from OFRF's Policy Team

Organic Momentum in 2018
Farmer Voices on the Farm Bill
by Mark Lipson and Michael Stein

OFRF’s policy program is focused on bringing the voices of organic farmers into the legislative process. We’ve had 20+ years of success making organic research and organic farmers matter in Congress. Many gains have been made with this farmer-forward approach, but much is at stake in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. 

Registration Open: 2018 Organic Farming Research Conference

OFRF, in partnership with Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University, will be presenting the 2018 Organic Farming Research Conference on Friday, January 26th at Rutgers University, immediately preceding the NOFA-NJ Annual Winter Conference. 

The symposium will feature talks from University researchers, farmer and rancher researchers, students, and other agriculture specialists on topics related to organic farming and food systems, as well as from other systems of sustainable agriculture that employ techniques compatible with organic standards.

OFRF Publishes Soil Educational Guide

OFRF is pleased to announce the publication of its new educational guide titled, Soil Microbial Interactions and Organic Farming. This resource explores the role of microorganisms, like bacteria, in creating healthy soil ecosystems that benefit organic farms. Microorganisms help create healthy soil, remove soil contaminants through bioremediation, and improve plant health by controlling weeds and plant disease.
 
In 2015, OFRF surveyed organic farmers to find out about their most pressing challenges and research needs. They rated research and information on soil health as the highest priority. The guide addresses this need and provides information for organic farmers on how to build healthy soils through incorporating the benefits of a diverse soil microbiome. 
 
Download the guide here.

Priorities for Organic Research Funding

The USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently released the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). This program provides crucial funding for research, education, and extension projects aimed at improving and advancing organic agriculture. NIFA estimates there will be a total of $17.6M available for research projects in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2018.

Protect Organic Animals, Farmers & Consumers

Use your voice to protect organic! We know that when you choose to buy organic products, you have clear expectations about what that means. USDA’s indefensible rollback of organic standards is the biggest attack on organic in almost 20 years (when it tried to allow GMOs in the original standard). We protected organic then, and we can protect organic now.

View the letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, published in the Washington Post on January 16th.

View OFRF's letter.

NIFA Announces Support for Organic Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Education

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of $17.6M in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities. These grants are funded through a competitive process by NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Kick Off Expo West with OFRF!

21st Annual Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, March 8, 2018
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, California

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Debra Eschmeyer, Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs, Danone North America.

As Executive Director of Let's Move!, Debra led First Lady Michelle Obama's work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids. During her tenure as Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, she advised the Obama Administration on food, agriculture, and nutrition issues. An organic farmer and recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2011, Debra will share her infectious vision for changing the way we eat and think about food and organic farming.

Organic Voices on the Hill

As the Farm Bill debate continues, OFRF has been working to ensure that the voices of organic farmers, and those that support organic farming, are being heard by members of Congress. With several key programs that support organic farming without permanent funding, it is vital that members of Congress hear from constituents about the importance of supporting organic agriculture in the upcoming Farm Bill.

OFRF Releases New Report on Impacts of Strawberry Research

As the demand for organic berries continues to grow, OFRF-funded research on the berry industry has had long lasting and widespread impacts—especially in California. This new report includes a review of OFRF-funded berry research, along with recommendations for future investment. Our goal is to continue to strengthen and expand investment in organic berry production.

LaMalfa Co-Sponsors Bill for Increased Organic Research

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) has joined the growing bipartisan effort to increase funding for the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). As a co-sponsor of the Organic Agriculture Research Act (HR 2436) Rep. LaMalfa joins fellow Agriculture Committee member, Congressman John Faso (R-NY), California Congressman David Valadao (R-CA), and 50 other Members of Congress who have signed on to support the bill. 

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