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Help Restore Organic Transitions Program Funding

March 1, 2016 - As farmers across the U.S. plan for another crop year, the increasing demand for organic products is driving more of them to consider organic agriculture. Last year alone, sales of organic agriculture products grew by 11%. At the same time, the U.S. had a $1 billion organic agriculture trade deficit—mostly in grains—because the U.S. is not producing enough product for the domestic market.

One of the most effective ways to increase organic production is through university research that helps organic farmers and livestock producers better understand the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming. 

19th Annual Benefit Luncheon Kicks Off Expo West with Organic Feast

March 10, 2016 - More than 300 leaders in the organic industry attended OFRF’s 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon in Anaheim on Thursday, March 10th. The event, which takes place the day before Natural Products Expo West opens, is a long-standing tradition that always sells out. Celebrity chefs Chris Blobaum and Donna Prizgintas, assisted by Beth Miller, were there once again to prepare the all organic feast.

Register Now: 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

 

November 11, 2015 - Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) invites you to attend the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium, a pre-conference at the annual EcoFarm Conference, on January 20, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA.

Jointly hosted by OFRF and the University of California, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center, this event provides an opportunity for researchers, farmers and people from across the US to meet and share knowledge on organic farming research.

OFRF Currently Accepting Research Proposals

November 5, 2015 - The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying. 

National Survey to Guide Organic Farming Research Priorities

October 14, 2015—The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is pleased to report that more than 1,000 farmers from across the US participated in their National Survey of Organic Farmers, which gave farmers and ranchers the opportunity to provide input on challenges affecting the organic community.

Preliminary results show that research on weed control (especially field bindweed and Canada thistle), building soil health and fertility, and coping with water management during drought and flooding are major priorities for US organic farmers.

Survey results will be used to update OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda, an influential roadmap for the USDA and other research institutions, identifying the issues most critical to the success of organic farmers.

USDA releases results from 2014 Organic Production Survey

September 18, 2015 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has released findings from its 2014 Organic Production Survey, a survey of all known organic producers in the U.S. as part of the Census of Agriculture program. The results provide valuable information on organic farms, sales, and practices.

U.S. Survey of Organic Farmers open until Sept. 14

August 27, 2015 – Hundreds of organic farmers across the U.S. have participated in the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers. The survey asks farmers and ranchers to share their experiences, and let the scientific and policy communities know what areas of research are most important to advance organic farming.

The survey will remain available online until September 14, 2015. With only two weeks left to take the survey, we ask all organic farmers who have not yet completed the survey to join the effort and participate at this link: http://opinion.wsu.edu/agresearch/

Organic Farming Research Foundation Seeks Research Abstracts for 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

July 24, 2015 - Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center invite the submission of research papers for presentation at the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), taking place Jan. 20, in Pacific Grove, CA, immediately before the Ecological Farming Association’s annual EcoFarm Conference.

OFRF Kicks Off 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers

July 9, 2015 – OFRF’s 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers began landing in e-mail boxes across the U.S. this month, inviting all certified organic farmers in the U.S. to share their experiences, and let the science community know what areas of research are most needed to advance organic farming.

Organic farmers rely on cutting-edge science to outsmart pests, improve fertility and produce bountiful harvests, without the use of toxic chemicals. Organic researchers across the U.S. are hard at work seeking solutions to organic farming challenges – but they need feedback from farmers in the field.

Survey results will be used to update OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda, an influential roadmap for the USDA and other research institutions, identifying the issues most critical to the success of organic farmers.

Press Release: OFRF Welcomes Dr. Diana Jerkins as Research Program Director

 
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OFRF Welcomes Dr. Diana Jerkins as Research Program Director
 
SANTA CRUZ, CA - Organic Farming Research Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Diana Jerkins, has joined our staff as OFRF’s Research Program Director.
 

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