Farm Bill Passes House and Senate

After years of work and months of back and forth negotiations, the 2018 Farm Bill passed the House and Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

This bipartisan bill makes long-overdue investments in organics and the future of American agriculture. The bill provides historic permanent baseline funding for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), continues to support the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, provides increased funding and enforcement authority for the National Organic Program, and supports the vital Organic Market and Production Data Initiative.

Historic Permanent Funding for Organic Research Secured in Farm Bill

December 11, 2018—Thanks to the hard work of OFRF and a broad coalition of organic champions, we have secured historic wins for organic agricultural research in the 2018 Farm Bill, which will provide $395 million for organic agriculture research and education over the next 10 years. This milestone is the biggest win for organic farming in the Farm Bill in decades, securing permanent funding for organic research at USDA.

New Climate Guide Evaluates Best Organic Practices in Curbing Climate Change

December 4, 2018—Today the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) released the eighth guidebook in their immensely popular Soil Health and Organic Farming Series. Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration examines research related to the capacity of sustainable organic systems and practices to sequester soil carbon and minimize nitrous oxide and methane emissions. The guide includes practical advice for reducing an organic farm’s “carbon footprint” and adapting to climate disruptions already underway. 

Discounted Registration & Scholarships for 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum

Discounted registration for the 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum, presented in partnership with Organicology, is available until Sunday, December 16, 2018.
 
Register now for this day-long forum, which takes place on February 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The forum will feature innovative presentations from researchers across all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems. Oral and poster presentations will cover topics ranging from assessing the impact of organic agriculture on climate change to organic farmer economics, marketing, and consumer behavior.

 

 

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