Organic News

Looking Forward

The election of any new President comes with many challenges and opportunities. For the first time in eight years America is preparing for an Administration change. Starting in 2017, we will now be dealing with single party control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency.  Looking forward, the political landscape will most certainly change dramatically. 

Webinar: 2016 National Organic Research Agenda

OFRF's  2016 National Organic Research Agenda webinar is now available for viewing. The webinar provides an overview of OFRF's recommendations for future investment in organic agricultural research, based on OFRF's 2015 survey of organic farmers, nationwide listening sessions with organic farmers, and a review of key documents and recommendations from other organizations.

Webinar: OFRF 2016 National Organic Research Agenda

The full report is available to download here.

Soil Guide Now Available in Spanish

OFRF is pleased to announce a Spanish translation of its educational guide titled, Soil Microbial Interactions and Organic Farming. This resource explores the role of microorganisms, like bacteria, in creating healthy soil ecosystems that benefit organic farms. Microorganisms help create healthy soil, remove soil contaminants through bioremediation, and improve plant health by controlling weeds and plant disease.

NRCS Champions to Assist Organic Producers

As the demand for organic products continues to grow, more farmers and ranchers are becoming certified organic producers and transitioning all or part of their operations to organic production. In response, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is developing a network of field-level staff to help newer farmers understand and leverage resources. The position is designed to help improve field capacity in assisting organic and transitioning-to-organic producers.

OFRF Brings Farmers’ Needs and Research Priorities to Washington DC

This blog was written by OFRF Research Associate, Joanna Ory, who recently traveled to Washington, DC to present OFRF’s research findings on the needs of organic farmers.

I gave presentations to USDA researchers and policymakers to let them know about the importance of organic research and the priorities for organic farmers, based on findings in our recently released 2016 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA). Although organic farmers and ranchers face unique challenges, research in organic systems can benefit everyone, as both organic and non-organic farms can use organic techniques to increase sustainability and solve production challenges.

OFRF Grant Recipient Receives USDA Funding to Continue Work with Quinoa

Washington State University announced this week that Kevin Murphy, WSU assistant professor and breeder of barley and alternative crops, has received a $2M grant from the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative to continue his research on organic quinoa. We are thrilled that Murphy, an OFRF grant recipient in 2010 and 2014, has received additional funding to continue this important research.

Organic Certification Cost Share Applications Due October 31st

OFRF strongly encourages farmers to apply for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Organic cost share reimburses individual organic operators up to 75% of their organic certification costs, with a maximum of $750 for each NOP scope of organic certification.

FFAR Holds Second Annual Public Board Meeting

The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) held its second annual Public Board Meeting Session in Washington, D.C. on October 5th. Michael Stein, Policy Associate for OFRF and Dr. Dianna Jerkins, OFRF’s Research Program Director, attended the meeting and submitted comments regarding the role of organic agricultural research in FFAR’s overall mission and vision. 

Research Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to 12/12

The deadline for research proposals has been extended to Monday, December 12th. All guidelines remain the same and are available below. We are excited about the proposals we've received to date, and are looking forward to another year of funding important organic research. Please contact 831-426-6606 with any questions. Thank you.
 

Your Input Can Help Shape the 2018 Farm Bill

In preparation for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is seeking input from organic producers and handlers regarding future organic policy priorities. This information is vital to support and advance organic agriculture and we strongly enourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to weigh in.

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