OFRF at High Plains Organic Farming Conference


The 5th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27th and 28th at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The theme for this year's conference is Innovative Solutions for Organic Agriculture. Sessions will include information on organic certification, dryland cropping systems, intensive vegetable production, and livestock systems. OFRF's Policy Associate, Michael Stein, will be the keynote speaker on February 28th at 3:30 pm.

During his talk, Organic Momentum in 2018: Farmer Voices on the Farm Bill, Michael will discuss the Organic Agriculture Research Act (H.R. 2436), a bipartisan bill to ensure organic research and extension programs around the country have the funding necessary to support all farmers with sound science, outreach, and education programs. Specifically, this bill reauthorizes the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and increases the annual funding from $20M to $50M. Given the dramatic growth of the organic industry, this overdue increase in funding will be instrumental in providing the research and extension support American farmers need. Based on our analysis of USDA organic research grants, as well as our 2015 nationwide survey of organic farmers, our goal is to ensure this program continues and grows to meet farmers’ needs.

Register here.