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There’s a lot going on in the world of organic farming. Our community is always striving to grow and educate. We’ll aggregate and share other organic news from a variety of sources in this section.

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The USDA Unveils the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards Proposed Rule

The USDA unveiled the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) Proposed Rule, with public comments on the rule open until October 11, 2022.  OFRF is happy to see this significant step towards clarifying the animal welfare requirements associated with organic certification. In short, OLPS ensures that there are clear, robust standards for livestock production authorized under the Organic program.  While this is an important step for animals being raised in organic systems, it is also important for consumers who want USDA organic certification to include significant animal welfare practices.  Two [...]

September 28th, 2022|Categories: News|

OFRF Advocates for Climate Solution Investments in the Inflation Reduction Act, Senate Passes Bill

On August 7, 2022, the full Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which will provide approximately $40 billion over the next ten years for climate change mitigation and resilience efforts through agriculture provisions. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and a broad coalition of over 130 groups strongly recommended investment in climate solutions and conservation technical assistance in the bill to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. OFRF further recommends immediate bill passage by the House to ensure agricultural producers can access USDA programs that [...]

August 10th, 2022|Categories: News|

Pest Management for Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Organic Farming Research Foundation 2022 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) is a report informed by surveys and focus groups conducted in 2020 with over 1,100 certified organic farmers and ranchers across North America. What Farmers Said In the NORA report, 74% of survey respondents cited insect/pest management as a substantial technical assistance need. Specific feedback from organic farmers also underscores the need for additional research on managing pests such as spotted wing drosophila. Download OFRF's Pest Profile on Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). Watch the eOrganic Webinar on SWD featured [...]

August 9th, 2022|Categories: News|

Weed Management for Bindweed

The Organic Farming Research Foundation 2022 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) is a report informed by surveys and focus groups conducted in 2020 with over 1,100 certified organic farmers and ranchers across North America. What Farmers Said In the NORA report, two-thirds of survey respondents (67%) cited weed management as a substantial production challenge. Specific feedback from organic farmers also underscores the need for additional research on controlling weeds such as bindweed. Knowing Your Weeds Farmers and researchers alike acknowledge that weeds pose the greatest barrier to building healthy soils [...]

August 9th, 2022|Categories: News|
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