Blogs | September 2016

Event Celebrates Farr’s Organic Legacy

The organic community came together on August 31st to celebrate the achievements of Representative Sam Farr, who will retire in January 2017 at the end of his current term. Farr is the Central Coast’s 20th district’s longest serving member of Congress and is the ranking member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.

We gathered to celebrate his tireless leaderiship in the organic farming sector, especially as a steadfast leader in creating and securing funding for organic programsDuring his 23 years in Congress, Representative Farr was a champion of many causes including affordable housing, the oceans, the Peace Corps. At the event he inspired guests at the event to keep working hard at the local level to effect change, recalling the grassroots efforts in Santa Cruz in the early 70’s that helped establish standards for organic agriculture and more support for organic farmers.

New Survey Shows Growth in Organic

After compiling and analyzing data from 12,818 certified organic producers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2015 Certified Organic Survey. This survey collected information from certified organic producers to assess the amount of land under organic certification, the marketing practices of certified organic producers, and the sales of certified organic products.

OFRF Organic Farmer Survey Identifies Top Challenges

Today, OFRF released its 2016 National Organic Research Agenda. The report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges facing today’s organic farmers and the top priorities for future research, will serve as a key tool in advocating for increased public investment in organic agriculture.

2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

OFRF, in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, presents the 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), taking place on January 25-26, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky, immediately preceding the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SAWG).