Latest General News
February 17, 2021—In the current issue of Organic Farmer magazine, OFRF colleagues Lauren Snyder and Cristel Zoebisch explore the connections between agriculture, climate change, and public health.
February 12, 2021—OFRF research grantee Sarah Hargreaves celebrates the release of a new early-yielding pepper variety called Renegade.
January 19, 2021 – Stephen Gray and his family are the third generation to farm their land in Ashkum, Illinois, which they are transitioning to organic using practices such as cover crops and minimal tillage to build the soil and reduce disruption to soil life.
January 14, 2021—In 2019, OFRF provided a second grant to Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers to assess resistance to both bacterial wilt and cucurbit downy mildew among selected cucumber seedstocks.
December 17, 2020 - To increase understanding of how virtual peer-to-peer learning can help more farmers increase their knowledge and improve their practices, OFRF has awarded a grant to Sarah Brown at Oregon Tilth.
November 30, 2020 - OFRF and FFAR awarded a grant to Dr. Inna Popova at the University of Idaho to examine effective weed management strategies that promote healthy soils and nutritious potatoes.
November 20, 2020 - This webinar explores the potential of soil restoration and improvement to reduce risk, stabilize yields, and build resilience in the Southern U.S.
November 17, 2020 - With a new administration, it is more important than ever to make organic voices heard. OFRF has delivered a transition letter to the Biden-Harris Administration with action steps they can take immediately to increase support of organic agriculture at USDA.
November 10, 2020 - Building healthy soils is the foundation of successful farm management. However, efficiently managing soil fertility remains a challenge for organic farmers.
October 20, 2020 - Most modern crop cultivars have been bred and selected to perform well in conventional farming systems over wide geographic ranges. As a result, organic farmers have relatively few options for purchasing regionally adapted cultivars suited to organic production.
November 3, 2020 - In the U.S., the number of Latinx farmers continues to increase, even as the total number of farmers decreases. Providing resources for this farming community is critical to creating a more equitable food system and ushering in a new generation of diverse farmers.
October 26, 2020 - The climate is changing and we need to act now. It’s time to band together to build resilient and regenerative agricultural systems that feed our society, our soil, our air, our waterways, and our economy.
October 14, 2020 - Each day our small and mighty team works tirelessly to fund innovative organic research, provide the most up-to-date, science-based, farmer-led resources to farmers, advocate for organic farming as a climate solution in Washington, DC, and educate consumers about best organic farming practices.
October 8 - OFRF provided a research grant to Dr. Erin Silva in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) to examine the ability of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) to enhance soil moisture retention and increase access to nutrients.
October 8 - As severe weather events and wildfires have ravaged the country and the presidential election nears, the climate crisis continues to be a major topic of discussion on Capitol Hill.
October 7 - Our free series of guidebooks and webinars on soil health provide up-to-date, science-based information to help guide you in your efforts to build and sustain the health of our most valuable resource, soil.
October 1 - OFRF has awarded new grants to farmer/researcher collaborations at the Georgia Organic Peanut Association and the University of Idaho.
September 30 - OFRF is pleased to share the news that our board member, Dr. Carolyn Dimitri, an Associate Professor of Food Studies at New York University, has been appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
September 10 - OFRF has awarded a grant to Kate Scow, Director of the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility at the University of California Davis to evaluate the costs and benefits of using organic-approved liquid injectable fertilizers in tomato crops.
September 1, 2020 - OFRF’s organic research priorities focus on ensuring public research investments respond to the top challenges facing organic farmers and ranchers and producers who want to farm more sustainably, while also advancing organic agriculture’s contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
August 26, 2020 - OFRF’s free online training program is now available! Please help us get the word out on this new resource. We are looking for feedback and ask that anyone who takes the section also completes the brief surveys at the end.
August 18, 2020 - Cover crops can suppress weeds and build soil health, but how and when to terminate cover crops is not straightforward. In 2019, OFRF provided a grant to Professor Alex Woodley at North Carolina State University to begin addressing this question in sweet potatoes.
August 6, 2020 - Luke and Ali Peterson farm 500 certified organic acres employing practices such as cover cropping, minimal tillage, and crop livestock rotation toward the goal of becoming self-sustaining and truly regenerative.
August 6, 2020 - As conversations around the climate crisis continue to evolve on Capitol Hill, OFRF wants to ensure that climate legislation includes support for organic agriculture given its many climate benefits.
August 4, 2020 - OFRF and OSA are conducting a national survey of certified organic producers and producers transitioning to organic production. We are seeking applications from organizations that support certified organic and transitioning agricultural producers to facilitate and coordinate virtual focus groups.