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President Biden Announces Largest Effort to Combat Climate Crisis in American History

On October 28, 2021, President Joe Biden announced the Build Back Better framework, which includes a historical push to address climate change and a $555 billion investment in a clean energy economy. The framework proposes a 50-52% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in 2030, amounting to roughly over one gigaton. Funding for research and research facilities, including organic research, has been designated in the framework. Increasing resilience and natural solutions by investing in soil conservation is also specifically addressed in a White House statement

”OFRF is very pleased that Congress and the White House acknowledge the climate-friendly benefits of organic agriculture,” said OFRF Senior Policy Associate Trevor Findley. “A number of conservation programs used by organic farmers and ranchers, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program, are set to receive substantial increases in funding. These programs, combined with organic farming, will go a long way towards mitigating agriculture’s impact on the environment.”

Biden’s Build Back Better framework sets up the U.S. to meet its climate targets of reducing an estimated billion metric tons to meet below 2005 levels. According to a White House statement, the framework “represents the largest single investment in…history, across buildings, transportation, industry, electricity, agriculture, and climate-smart practices across land and waters.” 

Of the $555 billion investment, more than $90 billion will go toward agriculture, nutrition, and forestry provisions. “With significant investments in resources for farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners, this bill provides a host of new tools to deploy important conservation practices and the research essential to inform them,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Agricultural climate research and ag facilities will receive a $2 billion investment. Half of that funding will go to research facilities for 1890 and 1994 Land-Grant and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). The remaining investment is designated for research and cooperative extension programs for farmers and rural communities, and to fund scholarship programs at 1890 and 1994 Land-Grant universities and other MSIs. Approximately $60 million will go to the Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative (OREI), which OFRF has continued to advocate for throughout the reconciliation process. OFRF successfully advocated for the creation of OREI in the 2002 Farm Bill with then Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

”Since the program’s inception, OREI has provided organic farmers and ranchers with vital research that has allowed them to farm in harmony with the environment,” said OFRF Executive Director Brise Tencer. “This additional funding for OREI acknowledges the climate-friendly benefits of organic agriculture and will continue to help organic farmers operate in a way that mitigates greenhouse gas emissions, sequesters carbon, and ensures resilience to a changing climate.”

An estimated $28 billion investment in climate-smart agriculture could affect approximately 130 million cropland acres per year or 240,000 farms. This funding would help producers implement conservation methods to build resilience and sequester carbon in soil and trees and expand practices such as cover cropping. Programs focused on whole-farm conservation systems and crop insurance will also be funded. “Producers who want to help sequester carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be able to carry out those practices with the funding provided in this bill,” said Congressman and Co-Chair and Founder of the Agriculture Research Caucus Jimmy Panetta (CA-20).

Debt relief for economically distressed farmers is also proposed in the Build Back Better framework. Approximately $6 billion will go to agricultural credit and outreach. This would include investments in USDA programming to support new and existing farmers through outreach, technical assistance, and education.

To learn more about the Build Back Better framework and information on additional clean energy initiatives and consumer rebates included in the bill, visit the White House website.

By |2021-11-09T22:40:54+00:00November 9th, 2021|News|

Check Out OFRF’s 2021 Year in Review Video

OFRF YouTube Video - 2021 Year in ReviewOrganic Farming Research Foundation created a 5-minute reel of highlights from this past year. Watch this video for updates from its Research, Education, and Policy and Advocacy departments. Program successes include:

  • The soon-to-be released National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report;
  • The 2021-22 organic research grant cycle that focuses on climate mitigation and resilience and prioritizes early career and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color researchers, farmers and ranchers;
  • Educational materials addressing the challenges of Southern US farmers;
  • A multi-year partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); and
  • Advocacy efforts for the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA) in the new Biden-Harris Administration.

OFRF also expanded their staff in 2021 and have evaluated its strategic plan to focus on racial equity in all programming.

Subscribe to the OFRF YouTube Channel to watch this 2021 Year in Review and other videos.

By |2021-11-09T16:39:41+00:00November 9th, 2021|News|

OFRF Enters Cooperative Agreement with USDA NIFA

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has entered into a 3-year cooperative agreement with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). OFRF will be tasked with analyzing investments in organic made through two key programs: the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Organic Transitions (ORG) grant program by commodity, region and research topics.



As part of the 3-year agreement, OFRF will compare priorities identified in 2016 and 2021 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA), a report OFRF conducts and releases every five years. NORA contains comprehensive recommendations for future organic agricultural research investment based on surveys and listening sessions with organic farmers, and is used to inform recommendations OFRF puts forth to USDA when prioritizing their programs.


“I am very excited about our partnership with this agency, which is an excellent complement to the many years of advocacy we have done on behalf of programs like OREI and ORG,” said Brise Tencer, Executive Director for OFRF.

OFRF has a long-standing history with the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. The organization worked closely with former Senator Tom Harkin (IA-5) to advocate for the creation of the OREI in the 2002 Farm Bill, and supplied detailed administrative recommendations on how the program should be set up and implemented. As stated in its recommendations report delivered to USDA and Congress, the OREI program is a “remarkable opportunity to provide practical support to the growing organic industry, and to complement institutionalization of organic standards under the National Organic Program.”

As part of the current 3-year agreement commencing 2021, OFRF will examine findings with the previous OREI-funded Taking Stock report (2002-2014) and analyze investment against National Organic Standards Board research recommendation priorities. An equity review of how well OREI and ORG are serving 1890 historically Black land-grants, 1994 Tribal land-grants, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color NGOs will also be conducted.

OFRF will summarize research findings on top challenges for farmers and assess the effectiveness of involvement with producers and the dissemination of information to stakeholders. Research assessment will be conducted as it relates to climate mitigation, resilience and adaptation. The organization will identify gaps and provide recommendations for organic research priorities which reflect the greatest benefit of producers, communities and the environment.

Additional activities, including the creation and dissemination of info sheets, webinars and public-facing social communications, will be completed as part of a comprehensive external review of OREI and ORG projects.

By |2021-11-02T17:37:11+00:00November 2nd, 2021|News|

Staff Spotlight on OFRF’s Senior Policy Associate

Trevor Findley (he/him/his) is OFRF’s Senior Policy Associate and has been with the organization since 2021. He is based in Washington, DC, and has been working in food and agricultural policy since 2015. His belief that everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious, and culturally-relevant food makes Trevor a strong advocate for farmers and ranchers who are helping make that a reality. When Trevor isn’t focused on policy work for OFRF, he enjoys triathlons, mountain biking, cooking and baking.


 

Trevor with FlowersTell us about yourself.

I grew up in rural Oregon and worked on a farm during the summer throughout high school and college, which sparked an ongoing interest in food and agricultural issues.  In high school and college I had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan and Sweden, respectively, and I majored in international studies as an undergraduate. After college I taught elementary school and worked in rural development for a couple years each before going to law school.  I worked in private practice for a little while in Oregon, then moved to Washington DC to work on federal food and agricultural policy.

Why do you care about organic farming and/or organic research?

Having worked on a farm throughout high school and college, I care a lot about farmworker health and believe that organic farming practices are safer for farmworkers.  I also care about the environment and my own personal health, and believe that organic practices create a safer, healthier environment and food system.

Who is your farming, research and/or food hero – and why?

I recently read Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer and loved it.  She’s an Indigenous botanist and amazing writer who, as the book title suggests, weaves together scientific knowledge with Indigenous wisdom in a way that illuminates how we should be looking at the natural world.  Organic farming today is built on the traditions of Indigenous farmers and ranchers, and I think there is still a lot we can learn by looking at how those who came before us lived in harmony with the land.

What are you excited about working on at OFRF?

I previously worked for the USDA and am excited to be a more vocal advocate than I could be while I was working for the federal government.  There are a number of things I think the government does well, but also a lot of things I think the government can do better and that’s what I’m excited to advocate for.

Trevor's dog ClifI’ve long been an organic consumer and believe in OFRF’s mission that we need more organic research and more organic acreage, and I look forward to working towards both of those things.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I recently adopted a dog named Clif (featured right) and he’s very glad I work from home.

 

 

By |2021-10-28T19:15:55+00:00October 28th, 2021|News|

Letter from the Executive Director – Fall 2021

ARS Salinas Organic Field

Over 20 years ago, I joined the OFRF team to help advocate on behalf of organic farmers across the country. Organic was a fledgling industry with farmers in grave need of science-based resources and support. As part of these efforts, OFRF successfully advocated for Congress to create a new staff position at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Salinas research station that would focus fully on organic agriculture research, the country’s first. 

Roy Fuentes and Eric Brennan at ARS station.Dr. Eric Brennan, the scientist who took that role 20 years ago and continues to hold it today, was soon awarded an OFRF on-farm research grant so he could study planting arrangements and seeding rates of cover cropping in organic agriculture. Fast forward to 2021, he has collected nearly two decades’ worth of research that has helped dramatically increase the amount of cover cropped acres in California, and is still the only dedicated organic researcher at ARS in the country. 

Can you help us ensure organic research is conducted and organic farmers have the resources they need to make informed decisions by donating today? Plus, if you give now, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to generous matching donors! 

We continue to provide grants for innovative on-farm organic research like the grant Eric received 20 years ago, and advocate for additional USDA support of organic research and education, particularly as our climate changes and farming become even more challenging. Our 2021-22 research grant cycle focuses on climate resilience and mitigation, and prioritizes farmers and early career researchers. We are excited to announce that we are reserving half of our 2021-2022 funding for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) applicants. 

Roy Fuentes, Eric Brennan and Phil FosterResearching organic farming systems is a collaborative effort. For nearly a decade, Eric has partnered closely with organic farmers, including Roy Fuentes, a local strawberry farmer. Roy is a second-generation farmer with a desire to improve his organic farming methods. Since Eric is the only researcher at the Salinas station without a technician, Roy’s support is critical to the success of their research and they estimate Roy and his team donate at least $120,000 of in-kind support annually to the ARS organic research program. 

Most recently, the data Eric collected has informed a California EPA regulation, helping improve incentives for use of cover crops in 540,000 acres of irrigated land on California’s Central Coast region. Eric and Roy’s work is critical to the success and growth of organic farming. “With organic farming, there are always more studies to be done,” says Roy, and we need your help ensuring more applicable research is conducted so farmers can make informed decisions. 

As the organic movement grows and our climate continues to change, farmers need additional science-based resources and research so they can continue to be successful. This is the moment for us to better support existing organic farmers and bring more acres into organic. 

Please donate today so we can continue our work to build a healthier and more just food system. And don’t forget, your donation will be matched 100%! 

Research that Eric and Roy conduct, along with research from countless other farmer-researcher teams across the country, doesn’t get into the hands of farmers on its own. Your donation allows us to develop free and easily accessible science-based research tools and outreach materials, and advocate for additional federal resources and positions like Eric’s. Join us today to ensure farmers and our food system are resilient to climate change and an ever-changing world. 

We are extremely grateful for your past and future support of our work, our team, and our community. Thank you for helping to build an organic future with us! 

Best,

Brise Tencer Signature

Brise Tencer

By |2021-11-09T17:27:04+00:00October 22nd, 2021|News|

OFRF Supports Letter from Congress to Leadership for Ag Research Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(SANTA CRUZ, Calif., October 21, 2021)Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) supports a recent letter delivered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that supports agricultural research in the Build Back Better Agenda. Thirty Members of Congress have signed on to this letter to leadership, requesting that the $7.75 billion investment in agricultural climate research, innovation and research infrastructure is included in the House Agriculture Committee’s portion of the budget reconciliation legislation. Approximately $3.64 billion is intended for research facilities, with a substantial portion going toward minority-serving institutions and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. An additional $200 million would go toward funding the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).

Organic Farming Research Foundation has worked with policy makers and allied organizations to push for legislation that ensures funding goes to organic agriculture research, and for programs that benefit organic farmers and ranchers. OFRF has worked closely with Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) to advance agricultural research and supported his letter to leadership. Earlier this month, OFRF and 130 other organizations and universities delivered a similar letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer, requesting they make critical investments that support agricultural research and research facilities. 

“Investing in research is the down payment on agriculture’s ability to advance meaningful climate solutions,” said Brise Tencer, Executive Director for OFRF. “We thank Rep. Jimmy Panetta for his continued championing of ag research, Rep. Adams, and Members of Congress who have signed on to this letter. OFRF encourages Leadership and other Members to protect and prioritize ag research investments that will sustain our communities equitably.”

The letter, released in partnership between Rep. Panetta and Rep. Alma S. Adams (NC-12) to Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer, suggests that “doubling agricultural research and development between 2020 and 2030 would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 million tons,” citing a recent report from the Breakthrough Institute, a global environmental research center. The research provisions included in the House Agriculture Committee’s budget reconciliation is critical to farmers and ranchers who face climate-induced production challenges firsthand, and will help give them access to information and tools to combat the climate crisis and build resiliency.

“As American farmers have consistently dealt with numerous challenges from an erratic market and extreme weather events to the existing pandemic, American government funding for agricultural research has remained dismally flat for the past fifty years,” said Representative Jimmy Panetta. “By increasing federal funding for agriculture research and development, we can play our part by supporting farmers who not only need it but also deserve it. The letter that I wrote and led seeks to reaffirm Congress’ commitment to farmers who continue to fight climate-induced production challenges and are willing to be part of the solution.”

In addition to Rep. Panetta and Rep. Adams, other Members of Congress who signed onto the letter include: Stacey E. Plaskett, Salud Carbajal, Ro Khanna, Mark Takano, Jim Costa,  Al Lawson, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kathy Manning, Zoe Lofgren, Ann Kirkpatrick, John Garamendi, Marilyn Strickland, Peter Welch, Ann McLane Kuster, Jim Cooper, Doris Matsui, Josh Harder, Jerry McNerney, Kaiali’i Kahele, Bobby Rush, Angie Craig, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Julia Brownley, Colin Allred, Jahan Hayes, Alan Lowenthal, and Sanford D. Bishop Jr.

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Supporting Documents
Letter to Congressional Leadership from Rep. Panetta and Rep. Adams
Letter to Congressional Leadership from OFRF and Allied Organizations

About Organic Farming Research Foundation
Organic Farming Research Foundation works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.
http://www.ofrf.org/

Policy Contact
Trevor Findley, Senior Policy Associate, Organic Farming Research Foundation
trevor@ofrf.org

Media Contact
Caroline Baptist, Communications Manager, Organic Farming Research Foundation
caroline@ofrf.org

By |2021-10-21T17:32:44+00:00October 21st, 2021|News, Press Release|

OFRF Attends USDA Briefing with Under Secretary Moffitt and Rep. Panetta

Two USDA COVID assistance programs were discussed, including the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program which has an approaching deadline of November 22.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) recently attended a USDA press with USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20). The event discussed two federal pandemic assistance programs, the USDA’s Pandemic Response and Safety Grant and the Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant, which total over $1 billion for affected workers and business.

“OFRF is excited to show support for these crucial USDA programs that will directly provide assistance to farmers who were affected by COVID-19,” said Organic Farming Research Foundation Executive Director Brise Tencer.

The Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program provides grants to state agencies, tribal entities and nonprofits who serve farms, farmworkers and meatpacking workers. Organizations such as food processors, distributors, producers and farmers markets are eligible to apply, and may be reimbursed between $1,500 to $20,000 for COVID-related expenses if awarded funding. The application period for the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program is currently open and closes November 22. “In the first 12 hours we had over 500 applicants already,” said Lester Moffitt.

“We understand and value a farmworker, not just for what a farmworker did throughout the pandemic but what farmworkers do every single day,” said Rep. Panetta. Rep. Panetta worked to ensure that the final Consolidated Appropriations Act, which authorizes and funds the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program, included funding to farmers, farmworkers, and essential workers who incurred safety-related expenses related to COVID-19.

The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides assistance to farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and frontline grocery workers with funds being awarded by state agencies, tribal entities and nonprofits. Approximately $600 will be reimbursed to workers who receive funding to cover costs for expenses incurred because of of COVID-19. Applications for the Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program will open later this season, fall 2021.

“The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program will provide $700 million for farmworkers, meatpacking workers and frontline grocery workers for pandemic-related safety costs,” said Moffitt. “Costs that we know have been incurred for the past 18 months and incur still today during the pandemic.”

“Farmworkers are first-responders that safeguard the harvest, a job they perform with utmost urgency and dignity to feed their loved ones and to sustain the nation’s food security,” said United Farm Workers Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres. “Even under a deadly pandemic, life-threatening heat waves, and toxic wildfire smoke that kept the public indoors and in climate-controlled spaces, farmworkers continued to show up to work.”

“They get up, they show up, they step up and the step into the fields and do the back-breaking work that many Americans will not do,” added Rep. Panetta.

Rep. Panetta is also a co-sponsor of H.R.2803, the Agricultural Resilience Act (ARA). Earlier this year, OFRF facilitated a tour of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Salinas, Calif. for Representative Panetta’s congressional staffers. The site visit focused on the importance of increased investment in organic research and was instrumental in the congressman’s decision to co-sponsor the bill.

The press conference was held on October 7 at the United Farm Workers Foundation facility in Salinas, Calif. Also in attendance:

  • OFRF Executive Director Brise Tencer
  • National Vice President of the United Farm Workers Union Bonita Rivera
  • National Vice President and Regional Director for the Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Bay area United Farm Workers Union Lauro Barajas.

A tour of JSM Organics Farm concluded the briefing.

 

By |2021-10-13T17:38:21+00:00October 13th, 2021|News|

OFRF Asks Congress to Increase Funding for Organic Research

OREI Grant Funding

The OFRF policy team has been hard at work advocating for more federally funded organic agriculture research.  Congress is currently in the midst of budget reconciliation, a process that allows them to fast-track legislation related to spending, revenue, the surplus or deficit, and public debt. The current budget resolution calls for $3.5 trillion in spending, and OFRF wants to make sure that organic research receives a share of the increased spending.  More specifically, OFRF has asked members of the House and Senate to support an increase in funding for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). OREI funds research, education, and extension programs that help organic producers and processors to grow and market organic products. Priority areas for the program include biological, physical, and social sciences.

Under existing law, OREI is funded at $25 million in 2022 and $50 million in 2023 and beyond. OFRF has asked for these amounts to be increased to $30 million in 2022 and $75 million in 2023 and beyond. The highly popular grant program currently has a success rate of 26 percent, meaning only about one in four grant requests receives funding. The total amount requested under the program is currently more than four times the amount of money available. By increasing the amount of money that is available, more grants will be funded, increasing the amount of research that will ultimately benefit organic farmers and ranchers. 

By |2021-09-08T15:09:07+00:00September 8th, 2021|News|

OFRF Meets with Under Secretary Lester Moffitt to Ask USDA to Prioritize Support for Producers Transitioning to Organic

OFRF and its advisors recently met with organic farmer and newly-confirmed USDA Under Secretary Jenny Lester Moffitt and Senior Advisor Mike Schimdt to discuss the department’s plans to help producers transition to organic production.  USDA Secretary Vilsack has previously announced that the department will spend a couple hundred million dollars to help farmers and ranchers transition to organic. Given OFRF’s research focus and in-depth analysis in the National Organic Research Agenda, OFRF is well-equipped to provide the department with recommendations that will help producers transition to organic farming.  

Based on its research, OFRF knows that one of the biggest challenges for transitioning producers is the availability of technical assistance and education on organic farming techniques. OFRF has recommended allocating $50 million for training, education, and outreach. A portion of these funds would go to extension agents and other specialists to provide direct assistance to transitioning producers. In addition, use of these funds would be targeted to states with low organic farming rates, and a portion would be set aside to serve producers who have been historically excluded from USDA programs, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

Given the historic underinvestment in organic agriculture research, OFRF also recommended increasing the Organic Transitions Program grant funding from $7 million to $20 million.  The program currently has a 20 percent success rate—meaning only one in five grants receives funding—and the amount requested is about three times the funds available.  

Last, OFRF recommended a handful of changes to conservation programs currently offered by USDA to increase their appeal for organic farmers.  These changes include increasing the incentive rates for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to more accurately reflect foregone income during the three-year organic transition period, and reinstating the popular organic field border buffer initiative under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

As USDA continues to determine how it will use the funds to create transformative changes and invest in climate-friendly agricultural practices, OFRF will continue to use its expertise to advocate for the needs of organic farmers and ranchers.

By |2021-09-08T14:25:22+00:00September 8th, 2021|News|

OFRF Tours USDA Agricultural Research Service, Rep. Jimmy Panetta to Co-Sponsor ARA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(SANTA CRUZ, Calif., August 23, 2021)Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) hosted Representative Jimmy Panetta’s (D-CA, 20th) congressional staffers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Salinas, Calif. last week. The site visit focused on the importance of increased investment in organic research and was instrumental in Rep. Panetta’s decision to co-sponsor H.R.2803, the Agricultural Resilience Act (ARA).

OFRF organized the tour of the organic fields at the ARS led by Dr. Eric Brennan, USDA Research Horticulturist and the ARS’ only dedicated organic researcher in the country. California organic farmers in attendance shared their firsthand experience in applying organic research to their farming practices, including composting and cover cropping. Attendees emphasized the importance of investing more research dollars to organic farming practices at the Salinas facility and other ARS locations.

“Central Coast farmers and ranchers have always been on the leading edge of organic production, thanks to their hard work and partnerships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and organizations like the Organic Farming Research Foundation,” said Congressman Panetta. “As Congressman, my role is to act as the bridge between our communities and Washington, D.C., to advocate for my producers’ needs, and to break through the bureaucracy when they are not getting the answers or funding that they need to keep innovating and growing.”

Rep. Panetta’s decision to co-sponsor the ARA was informed by his careful review of the bill text as well as the work and education provided by OFRF, whose mission has been to advance organic agriculture through scientific research since 1990. The Santa Cruz based nonprofit has invested over $3M and awarded over 350 grants, and provides OFRF-funded research results for free.

“In California and across the country, growers are experiencing the effects of climate change,” said Brise Tencer, Executive Director of OFRF. “We are appreciative of Rep. Panetta’s support for organic research and the Agricultural Resilience Act which will benefit American farmers who are at the forefront of the climate crisis.”

Rep. Panetta sits on the House Committee on Agriculture and is Co-Chair and Founder of the Agriculture Research Caucus. His district, which includes Monterey County, has experienced tremendous growth in organic production. According to the 2020 Monterey County Crop and Livestock Report, the county recorded 132,809 organic acreage — nearly doubling since 2018.

“As we in Congress continue our efforts to put forward funding for infrastructure priorities, I remain committed to elevating the needs of the organic producers I proudly represent, so they can continue to have the tools they need to adapt to climate stressors, invest in soil health, and succeed in the twenty-first century,” said Congressman Panetta.

Rep. Panetta sits on the House Committee on Agriculture and is Co-Chair and Founder of the Agriculture Research Caucus. His district, which includes Monterey County, has experienced tremendous growth in organic production. According to the 2020 Monterey County Crop and Livestock Report, the county recorded 132,809 organic acreage — nearly doubling since 2018.

“As we in Congress continue our efforts to put forward funding for infrastructure priorities, I remain committed to elevating the needs of the organic producers I proudly represent, so they can continue to have the tools they need to adapt to climate stressors, invest in soil health, and succeed in the twenty-first century,” said Congressman Panetta.

Others who attended the meeting included:

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About Organic Farming Research Foundation
Organic Farming Research Foundation works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.
http://www.ofrf.org/

Media Contact
Caroline Baptist, Communications Manager, Organic Farming Research Foundation
caroline@ofrf.org
831-204-8116

Photo Credit: Haley Baron
By |2021-08-26T15:33:28+00:00August 23rd, 2021|News, Press Release|
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