Blogs | January 2018

NIFA Announces Support for Organic Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Education

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of $17.6M in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities. These grants are funded through a competitive process by NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Protect Organic Animals, Farmers & Consumers

Use your voice to protect organic! We know that when you choose to buy organic products, you have clear expectations about what that means. USDA’s indefensible rollback of organic standards is the biggest attack on organic in almost 20 years (when it tried to allow GMOs in the original standard). We protected organic then, and we can protect organic now.

View the letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, published in the Washington Post on January 16th.

View OFRF's letter.

Priorities for Organic Research Funding

The USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently released the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). This program provides crucial funding for research, education, and extension projects aimed at improving and advancing organic agriculture. NIFA estimates there will be a total of $17.6M available for research projects in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2018.

OFRF's Conference Draws Researchers from Near and Far

OFRF’s 2018 Organic Farming Research Conference was held on January 26th.in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA) and Rutgers University. 

The day-long session included twenty presentations by researchers from up and down the East Coast—including Rutgers University, University of Maine, University of West Virginia, and New York University—and as far away as the University of Hawaii and USDA-ARS North Dakota.