OFRF Announces New Grant Round for Funding Organic Research


Contact: Brise Tencer, Executive Director

(831) 426-6606


For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014

(Santa Cruz, CA) The Organic Farming Research Foundation has released a request for proposals (RFP) for its 2014 grant cycle. Proposals for funding organic farming research are due on May 15, 2014. Since its grant program began in 1992, OFRF has given out more than $3,000,000 in grants to a wide spectrum of researchers and farmers to conduct cutting-edge research on best practices in organic farming and food systems

OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, scientists, and Extension personnel to apply for funding. More information can be found at the OFRF website: http://www.ofrf.org/research/grants/request-research-and-education-and-outreach-proposals

OFRF expects to give away approximately $60,000 this grant round. Decisions on the new rounds of applications will be made in November 2014, and applicants will be notified of the results in December. Here are the four research projects that were funded in January 2014, for a total of $59,000.

Organic Seed Production and Improvement Training Program for Vermont

Increasing the availability of quality organic seed, including addressing the issue of contamination by genetically engineered crops. Lynda Prim, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), VT

Snap beans with enhanced nitrogen-use efficiency for organic production--Year 2

Improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing nitrate-based soil amendments for snap bean production. James Nienhuis, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI.

Can Organic Garlic Seed Stock Be Created Disease-Free from the Production of Garlic Bulbils? Developing a commercially viable organic hardneck garlic seed stock that is pest and disease free. Fred Forsburg, Honeyhill Farm, NY

Managing indigenous seed-inhabiting microbes for biological control against Fusarium pathogens in corn – Lucas Nebert, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Exploring the potential of indigenous seed-inhabiting microorganisms to provide heritable resistance against disease.

Outcomes and results of OFRF-funded research are available on our website: www.ofrf.org/research

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OFRF builds the vital infrastructure that supports the success of organic farmers. Our four areas of focus are: Policy, where we grow champions in Congress and federal agencies; Education, where we work to integrate organic farming programs into all agricultural universities; grant making that expands the adoption of organic farming and food systems, while addressing urgent issues faced by many organic farmers in America; and building community to cultivate a broader and deeper connection among organic supporters.