Udi Lazimy's picture

They're Listening... REALLY!

With Congress in your districts on recess during August and some of September, it's the perfect time for you to meet with your Representative and staff.  We've been telling our Representative how important organic agriculture is for our region, economy and families for the past several days.

Local organic engagement is most important NOW.  Your words carry tremendous impact with legislators, especially leading up to a big election. Farmers and advocates  are rocking organic across the country. In New York State, organic farmers held an event with Congressman Chris Gibson to talk about the farm bill and celebrate organic agriculture. 

Faith Grant's picture

How 'Bout We Give Farmers 'Recess'?

While it's sleepy on the Hill, there is always action within your district.  Farmers markets are hoppin'.  Kids are getting ready to go back to school.

There are only eight days on the legislative calendar before Congress breaks again for a big campaign push.  On recess, your Senators and Representatives are making the rounds in their home states and districts.  Many of them are getting an earful about the drought and it's impact on farmers and farmland across the country.  So far, Congress has failed to provide farmers with any relief.  It being campaign season, no one wants to take “tough votes” on the Farm Bill or even a short-term disaster measure that would make a difference.

Jane Sooby's picture

When 100% Organic Beer Means Organic

It seems a no-brainer: organic beer is made with organic hops, right? 

Not necessarily. In 2007, conventional beer makers who wanted to jump on the organic bandwagon persuaded the USDA that there wasn’t enough organic hop production to meet supply.  They were granted an exemption from using organic hops.

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Delivers First Online Destination Built for Organic Farmers

OFRF Site / Social Media Channels Provide Stage to Showcase Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity Report

For Immediate Release 

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

Santa Cruz, CA, (August 9, 2012) Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced today the release of the first online destination built especially for organic farmers that provides easy access to research, policy programs and educational and community-building tools to better meet their urgent needs.  Entering its third decade serving organic farmers, OFRF proudly launches the innovative online portal with easy, interactive access to rich organic information.

Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity... INDEED!

"We are always grateful for information on America's agricultural efforts, especially when it is as complete and thoughtfully compiled as Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National Organic Program (NOP), and information such as you have provided will help us to refine and strengthen NOP."   - USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

The Fate of Organics

Good Times coverSanta Cruz nonprofit Organic Farming Research Foundation leads the charge for organics in the Farm Bill and beyond.   (Santa Cruz Good Times, 8.8.2012)

OFRF was featured in the cover story, "The Fate of Organics" in the August 8, 2012 edition of Santa Cruz Good Times. This is a great, in-depth article about our work supporting organic farmers. You can read the full article here.

Maureen Wilmot's picture

"What’s for dinner?"

I look over our table and am constantly amazed at the people behind the healthy food we eat.

Faith Grant's picture

Oppose the Dirty Stinky Extension!

Organic farmers across the country are experiencing a devastating drought.

So what is Congress doing to relieve their pain?  Adding insult to injury!

On Friday, the House of Representatives introduced an extension bill to fund short-term disaster relief.  Their idea of a fix it to cut conservation programs to the tune of $761 million.  That’s $140 million MORE than what farmers will even get in disaster aid.

Udi Lazimy's picture

We Could Still Get A Farm Bill….and Should!

The 2012 Farm Bill has passed out of the full Senate and out of the House Agriculture Committee. While the Senate version of the bill 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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