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OFRF at the May OTA Policy Conference, Washington DC

Recently, I attended the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Policy Conference in my new role as OFRF’s Executive Director. The conference brought together many organic industry leaders who heard from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. A significant number of farmers also attended as part of the newly formed OTA Farmers Advisory Council.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2014 RFA for the Crop Protection and Pest Management program.

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Hires New Executive Director

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Organic Farming Research Foundation Hires New Executive Director

For immediate release: May 6, 2014
Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman
Rachel@ofrf.org
(831) 426-6606 

(Santa Cruz, CA) The board of directors of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Brise Tencer as executive director effective May 1. Since 1990, OFRF has funded over $3,000,000 in organic research projects and acted as a strong advocate for organic policy and education. 
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Texas Two-Step: Organic Standards Board Meeting One to Watch

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will convene in San Antonio, Texas this week for its first meeting in more than a year.  Authorized by the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990, the NOSB’s origins make for a fascinating chapter in the history of the organic movement.  While the beginning of the story is well worth knowing, it’s the NOSB’s ongoing responsibility for establishing organic standards that will make this week’s meeting especially important.

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Putting the Earth Back in Earth Day

“Essentially, all life depends upon the soil... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” --Charles E. Kellogg /USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938

How often do you think about the earth beneath your feet?

If you are a farmer or soil scientist, it’s many times a day. Otherwise, probably not very often, since our soil is something that most of us take for granted. But did you know that half of our topsoil has been lost in the last 150 years, and we’re now losing it at rates 10 to 40 times faster than it can naturally be replenished? Currently, 40% of the soil used for agriculture throughout the world is classified as degraded or seriously degraded.

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Where Will Vermont’s GMO-labeling Bill Leave the Organic Brand?

     Proposals to require labeling of food products containing GMO ingredients are sprouting up in state legislatures and public referendums across the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are GMO labeling bills currently under consideration in 29 states and after years of stalemate, the tide may be turning in their favor.  While mandatory GMO labeling would be a milestone affirmation of our right to know where our food comes from, it also has genuine limitations when measured against organic certification.

There’s still time to apply for a 2014 research grant from Organic Farming Research Foundation!

There’s still time to apply for a 2014 research grant from
Organic Farming Research Foundation!

 
 
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) invites proposals from all applicants, and particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding.
 
Funding is offered for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities.  Farmers and ranchers often find that working with a professional researcher helps to design and carry out a research project, and OFRF encourages applications from such partnerships.

Through our grants program, OFRF has supported innovative approaches in subjects ranging from disease, weed, and insect management, to bees and pollinators, nutrient management, and cover crops. Past grants have been awarded to projects such as Developing “Organic Ready” Maize Populations; Farmer-based Plant Breeding for Organic Quinoa, Buckwheat, and Spelt; and Grafting Vegetables for Soil-Borne Disease Resistance.  For more information about what OFRF funds and how those studies can benefit your organic farm, please click here.

 
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
 
Note: Our annual grant cycle has changed. We are now only accepting proposals in the spring for one cycle of awards per year. The next application deadline will be in 2015 and a RFP will be released for that cycle later this fall.
 

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As Budget Talks Begin, OFRF Advocates for Farmers

          The approach of April 15 typically means spending some quality time reviewing one’s finances, and it is also the season when the federal government begins budget deliberations for the coming fiscal year.  For USDA, the process begins with senior officials appearing before Congressional Agriculture and Appropriations Committees to elaborate upon and support the funding requests included in the

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Research is Spurring Organic Innovation in Wisconsin

 
We’ve posted recently about new funding opportunities through the USDA’s two premier organic research initiatives – the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and the Organic Transitions Program (ORG). OFRF has long made the case that investing in such research is essential for deciphering and disseminating organic agriculture’s rich potential for high quality and quantity production which also sustains the environment and supports family farmers.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Names New Board Members, Chair

Press Release

For immediate release: March 28, 2014
Contact: Rachel Anne Goodman
Communications Consultant, OFRF
(831) 457-8098
Rachel@ofrf.org

Organic Farming Research Foundation Names New Board Members, Chair

 

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