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Current Research and Future Priorities Focus of OFRF Forum and Listening Session

OFRF would like to thank the researchers, farmers, and educators who participated in our sessions at Organicology in Portland last week. We couldn’t have done it without you! All of the presentations were first-rate—from improving the ability of growers to produce organic seed, to the wonders of barley—a plethora of new information and thoughtful discussion was shared at our Organic Agriculture Research Forum on Saturday.

OFRF at 30th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference

OFRF is presenting and exhibiting at the upcoming 30th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference Feb. 21-23, 2019 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. More than 3,000 people are expected to gather at the conference, which features 60 workshops spanning farming topics for beginning to experienced farmers. Nine in-depth courses take place the Thursday prior to the conference in the trademark Organic University.

Organic Farmer & Educator Heather Darby at OFRF's Expo West Luncheon

Heather Darby saved her family's dairy farm in Allburg, Vermont from the brink of extinction by transitioning to a diversified certified organic farm. Now she uses her knowledge and experience to help other organic farmers be successful—with the goal of building a healthy and sustainable food system. 

Joining Heather will be Allie Mentzer, Advocacy Senior Manager at National Co+op Grocers, and Brise Tencer, Executive Director at OFRF.  

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. 

Brise Tencer Joins ASI Board

Newly appointed to the External Advisory Board of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), OFRF Executive Director Brise Tencer was introduced at the annual meeting in January in Davis, California.

 

“As a member of the ASI Board, I am honored to have this opportunity to represent the needs of the organic community,” said Tencer, adding that she looks forward to seeing organic initiatives and education grow within the UC system.

FFAR Awards Matching Funds for OFRF’s 2019 Research Grants

OFRF’s research program got a big boost thanks to a matching grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). The $66,000 match will be used to support OFRF’s 2019 organic research grant awards related to soil health, including carbon sequestration, reduced tillage systems, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts and improving soil health.

New Guidebooks and Webinars from OFRF Help Manage On-Farm Risk

Responding to the needs of farmers and ranchers across the country, OFRF in cooperation with USDA-Risk Management Agency, has developed two informative new guidebooks and webinars on how organic and transitioning growers can manage on-farm risk through crop insurance programs and sound soil health management.

 

Introduction to Crop Insurance for Organic and Transitioning Producers
How crop insurance works for organic and transitioning farmers, including coverage types and record-keeping, as well as what to know when working with crop insurance agents.

 

 

Join OFRF at Organicology

Heading to Organicology? Join OFRF to learn about the latest in organic research and provide input on priorities for future research funding.

Organic Research for the Non-Researcher, Friday, February 15th, 10-12 am, Broadway III/IV

During this interactive session led by OFRF, Organic Seed Alliance, and Oregon Tilth, participants will have the opportunity to identify and prioritize the most pressing research needs for organic farmers and ranchers. Don't miss this opportunity to share your voice!

Organic Agriculture Research Forum, Saturday, February 16th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Galleria North/Poster Session 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Galleria South

This day-long forum and poster session 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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Farm Bill Signed into Law

After years of work and months of back and forth negotiations, the 2018 Farm Bill has been signed by the President.

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.

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