2022 National Organic Research Agenda

The Organic Farming Research Foundation presents the 2022 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA), a report informed by surveys and focus groups conducted in 2020 with over 1,100 certified organic and 71 transitioning-organic farmers and ranchers across North America.

Participants provided input and perspectives on their current organic production systems, including the use of regenerative soil health management practices, as well as their most pressing production and non-production challenges, technical assistance needs, and concerns related to organic agriculture.

Grant Program

Since its founding in 1990, OFRF has awarded 361 grants to organic researchers and farmers, investing over $3M. All OFRF-funded research must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation, take place on certified organic land, and include strong education and outreach components.

2022 Organic Agriculture Research Forum

The Organic Agriculture Research Forum was hosted virtually in conjunction with EcoFarm in January 2022. While we hoped for a safe in-person gathering, the COVID-19 Omicron surge prompted us to transition to a fully virtual forum. Despite being virtual, the forum was a huge success and provided an opportunity for researchers and farmers to focus on challenges associated with organic farming. Throughout the course of four days, researchers and farmers presented on topics exploring the importance of soil health and managing critical pests, such as spotted wing drosophila. We also had farmer-to farmer panels in English and Spanish.

Farmer Led Trials Program

Are you an organic or transitioning farmer or rancher who wants to test out a new agricultural practice on your farm?

OFRF’s new Farmer-Led Trials program provides farmers with funding and technical assistance to investigate and learn about solutions to their most pressing production challenges. Read more to find out how you can be part of this program!

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