Organic News

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 Us for the 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum

Register now for this day-long forum, which takes place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The forum 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.

Fresh From the Fields: April Joy Farm

April Joy Farm is located near Ridgefield, Washington on 24 acres above the Columbia River Slough. The farm was purchased on contract from Annie Peterson in 2003. Coming “home” to this farm was the realization of a dream for April Thatcher née Jones, who spent many happy childhood days helping the previous owners with farm chores. Today, April and her husband Brad provide healthy food to over sixty families in Clark County through their CSA, as well as top local restaurants. Photo: David L. Reamer

Legislation Introduced to Preserve and Protect the Scientific Integrity of USDA

Earlier this year, the Administration proposed to reorganize and relocate key research branches at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There has been widespread concern within the research and farming communities about how the proposal could disrupt the scientific integrity of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and further marginalize critical research. In an effort to address these concerns, OFRF and the Union of Concerned Scientists sent a letter to Congressional leaders from over 1,100 scientists and economists, urging Congress to take action to protect the scientific integrity at USDA.  

On December 20, 2019, action was taken.

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.

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.  

OFRF-funded Research Supports the Creation of a Nutrient Budget Tool for Organic Grain Farmers

Increasingly, we are recognizing the value of a plant-based diet for human health and nutrition. But, have you ever thought about what fuels a plant? This is a question that is constantly on the minds of farmers, particularly organic producers who are prohibited from using synthetic fertilizers to feed their crops. Rather, organic farmers rely on organic inputs, such as green manures—plants that are grown and then intentionally plowed into the soil to add nutrients—to build soil health and feed beneficial soil life.

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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. 

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