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Organic food on our holiday table

There is a lot of uncertainty these days. Will we have a farm bill? Will Congress avert the fiscal crisis? What were the Mayans thinking anyway? One thing I do know is certain, as long as organic farming is the fastest growing sector in agriculture, OFRF will fill an important role in championing the needs of organic farmers. 
 
 
 
Udi Lazimy's picture

Rural America Remains Relevant

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a recent speech that rural America is “becoming less and less relevant” in agricultural politics.  While we agree that the USDA and farm legislators need a more “proactive message, not a reactive message,” as Vilsak pointed out, the reason we don’t have farm legislation for the upcoming 5 years is because it is precisely farm-state, rural legislators who are standing in the way. 

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Let's take flight with organic agriculture

On Friday, thousands of volunteers will flock to fields and shorelines with binoculars for the start of the 113th Annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Last week, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of what birders will see. I had the pleasure of introducing, Mike Sutton, the new Executive Director of California Audubon to the Lundberg Family Farms family members in the Sacramento Delta.

Give Healthy Organics this Holiday Season

The necessity for holiday gift-giving and more hours in the day seem to go hand-in-hand. This year, we make it easier for you. Now you can give organic gifts that your family will love that are healthy, easy, AND!... support organic farming.

Our wonderful partners have agreed to donate a percentage of their sales to OFRF while delivering good organic holidays to your friends and family.

This Thanksgiving, we are very grateful for your continued support. Please share the great work our friends at America's Best Organics, Lisa's Organics, Big Empty Bison Leather, and Uncle Matt's Organic do for American organic farming, everyday.

Faith Grant's picture

Top 3 Reasons for ORGANIC Celebration of Election 2012

#1:  Maintaining the status quo was the best hope we had for getting a Farm Bill passed in 2012.  With consistent key players, (Stabenow, Roberts, Lucas, Peterson), the Farm Bill now has a fighting chance of going to the House floor for a vote in the Lame Duck session. 

Karen Adler's picture

Growing Organic Beans, Counting Organic Beans

This is part 2 of the 3-part series "From the Ground Up: What Does It Mean to be Certified Organic?"

Many people don’t know that part of the organic certification process is keeping good records of farming activities. I’ve spoken with farmers who resist this, saying things like, I’m a farmer, not a bookkeeper. Some even see it as a stumbling block to pursuing certification. 

Faith Grant's picture

Now It's Time to Get Down to Business

The marathon election of 2012 is officially over.  On the all-important Agriculture Committees, leadership posts will likely remain unchanged, barring any surprise power plays.  Current Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) won re-election in a tight race with 58% of the vote.  Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS), who was not up for re-election, will likely keep his second-in-command post on the committee.  In the House, Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) won his eleventh term with a resounding 75% of the vote and will most certainly retain the chairmanship.  Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) returns for his twelfth term with 60% of the vote and will also continue to lead the Democrats in the second spot on the House Agriculture Committee.  

Udi Lazimy's picture

Organic Farmers Stand Strong

Well folks, it’s over. The flurry of nonstop campaign ads, tele-campaign calls and colorful glossy mailings has ceased, and it’s now time to move forward. While we’re disappointed that California voted down Proposition 37, we’re optimistic about other elements that unfolded on Tuesday.

Udi Lazimy's picture

It's Spooky Not Knowing What's In Our Food

For many, Halloween is about embracing our more secretive sides and seeing what lurks among the shadows. The one thing I don’t want veiled in mystery, however, is the content of my food. OFRF believes that we have a right to know what’s in our food. Giant agri-corporations, on the other hand, want to keep us all in the dark about whether the food they produce contains ingredients that have been genetically modified. That’s why they are spending tens of millions of dollars to oppose California’s Proposition 37, which would require not only that foods containing GMOs be labeled, but that any such products would no longer be allowed to be labeled as “natural”. 

Faith Grant's picture

Frankenstorm Is Still Building in DC

The Capitol has survived Frankenstorm.  Sadly, New York City and other parts of the eastern seaboard didn’t fare as well.  Flooding, fires, fallen bridges, millions without power--it’s the kind of doomsday backdrop that you expect to see in a Halloween horror flick, not on the front pages of The New York Times.

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