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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.


Staff Spotlight on OFRF’s Deputy Director

Dominica Navarro Martinez (she/ella/they) is OFRF's new Deputy Director. She brings to this role an extensive background in nonprofit management, finance, administration, and strategic programmatic development. She has direct organic farming experience and previously worked for OFRF in an office management and programs capacity from 2015-2018. Dominica currently resides in Central Oregon with her family and dog Xochitl (pronounced Sochi), and enjoys sailing, hiking, seeking out hot springs in remote locations, growing food, and processing and preserving goods her family has grown, foraged, caught, or hunted. Tell us about yourself. [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: News|

Federal Funding for Organic Research for the Current Fiscal Year 2022

By Ferd Hoefner, OFRF policy advisor On March 9, Congress finally produced the government funding bill for the fiscal year that started last October. Since October the government has been funding by a series of continuing resolutions that tracked the previous year’s budget amounts. Congress will now vote on the new final appropriations bill over the course of the next week, at which point it will be signed into law by the President. With April 1, the halfway point of every federal fiscal year, close at hand, it thankfully will [...]

March 10th, 2022|Categories: News|

Organic Agriculture Research Forum at EcoFarm Conference 2022

Organic Farming Research Foundation is hosting the 2022 Organic Agriculture Research Forum (OARF) at the 42nd Annual EcoFarm Conference. This year's event will be held virtually, March 9-18, with field days scheduled in April-June 2022. The following OARF workshops will be conducted online: Research Report-Back: Soil Health on Organic Farms in the Central Coast Tuesday, March 15, 1:15PM-2:30PM PT Scientists from the UC Berkeley Soil Health Project will present the results of their soil ecology, bird ecology, and social science research on the topic of soil health on organic vegetable [...]

March 9th, 2022|Categories: News|

OFRF Engaged in Agency Discussions to Promote Reform

By Ferd Hoefner, OFRF policy advisor Engaging with government agencies on topics of mutual interest is a critical aspect of working to advance improved public policy and resource allocations for organic farming. OFRF does that type of work on an ongoing basis. Two recent examples – concerning conservation and research - illustrate the point. In February, OFRF hosted a working meeting with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff and a wide variety of organic stakeholders. Over 20 people participated, including representatives of NRCS, OFRF, the Organic Trade Association, National [...]

March 9th, 2022|Categories: News|
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