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The 2012 Farm Bill: Three reasons It's More Complicated This Time Around

1. It's an election year.  Yes, 2008 was an election year, too, but both the House and Senate had already passed their versions of the bill by the end of 2007, giving Congress a great deal more time to reconcile their differences before the election.  Even with a presidential veto, there was still time to get it passed.  This time around, the election is less than seven months away, and neither the House nor the Senate have even drafted their own versions of a bill.  There may still be time to wrap things up, but only if Congress can move at warp speed between now and Election Day. 

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Let's Change the Farm Bill NOW

The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in the U.S Congress. While the Senate version of the bill, released the week of April 23rd, maintains many important programs that support organic agriculture, it is critical that we remain vigilant throughout the debate to ensure that legislators in the House hear from people around the country that we demand that they invest in an organic future for agriculture.

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Senate Agriculture Commitee passes Farm Bill

On Wednesday, April 26th, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, also known as the Farm Bill, by a vote of 16-5.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was the only Democrat to vote against the bill.  The bi-partisan legislation includes $23 billion in cuts as compared to current Farm Bill spending levels in an effort to reduce the budget deficit while still funding the nation’s food and farm programs.  Overall, organic agriculture fared reasonably well in this round of the five-year food and farm policy drafting process.  Considering th

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Conservation on the Farm Bill

While the Senate Agriculture Committee was marking up the Farm Bill on Thursday, April 26th, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on conservation, the second of eight hearings the House will hold in order to write its version of the bill.  Witnesses testified that cuts to conservation beyond the $6 billion from the Senate would have severe consequences.

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This is When It Matters Most

The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in the Senate, and there’s no better time for YOU to get engaged and demand a bill that will support organic agriculture!  Organic farming stands to gain a lot from the 2012 Farm Bill, including investments in organic research, promotion, certification assistance, conservation and crop insurance.

Conservation programs key to farm bill

Hudson, S.D. - One of the American farmer’s primary responsibilities is protecting our farmland’s soil and water.

Farmer Dan Gillespie talks about the importance of supporting conservation programs in the farm bill 

For the long-term food security of our nation, we must have productive soils that are not washing away or depleted of nutrients and organic matter.

On my farm, I have used two important working land conservation farm programs to enhance the productivity of my land: the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program.

A growing problem: Notes from the ‘superweed’ summit

The National Academy of Sciences hosted a summit to discuss “superweeds,” or the widespread problem of herbicide-resistant weeds currently afflicting millions of farm acres across the United States.

Superweeds — the “weeds that man can no longer kill!” — have been in the news for several years. Farmers all across the Midwest and Southeast continue to be photographed and filmed standing in fields surrounded by the giant plants. They bemoan the cost of pesticides and point to industrial rows of crops that don’t have a chance when up against feisty weeds that grow up to three inches a day.

Press Release: Organic Growth Puts America's Universities to the Test

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Assesses How Universities Will Meet Economic Demand with Future Organic Farmers

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606

Santa Cruz, CA,  (May 1, 2012) Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced today the release of the first Organic Land Grant Assessment Report, measuring research, education and outreach in the federally funded Land Grant system.  The system, initiated by President Abraham Lincoln's visionary Land Grant Law, includes universities, research stations and Cooperative Extension.