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OFRF Awards Six New Research Grants

May 23, 2016 - OFRF is pleased to announce its research grant awards for 2016. Determinations were made by OFRF's Board of Directors, which is made up of organic agriculture researchers, industry leaders, and farmers. Six projects were chosen from the many highly credible and relevant research grant proposals submitted.

OFRF Announces New Process & Schedule for Next Grant Round

June 18, 2018—OFRF is pleased to announce their next round of research funding beginning with a request for Letters of Intent on July 15th. The new deadline, which is earlier than in past years, provides additional time for applicants to submit project ideas for review prior to submitting full proposals.

“We are proud of the impact our grants have made over the years and excited about this update to improve our grantmaking process,” says OFRF’s Executive Director, Brise Tencer.

Farm Bill Draft Includes Much Needed Investment in Organic Research and Education

June 8, 2018—We are extremely excited to share the news that the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill draft, released today, includes a much needed increased investment in organic research and education.

OFRF Board Approves New President

February 22, 2018—Today, longtime board member and organic farmer Jeremy Barker Plotkin, was approved by unanimous vote to serve as OFRF’s Board President.
 
Jeremy has been a vegetable farmer for 19 years. After earning his M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Maine, he founded Simple Gifts Farm at the New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown in 1999. Over the next seven years, he grew the farm tenfold, from a half-acre to five. In 2006 he moved his operation to the 37.8-acre North Amherst Community Farm and brought Dave Tepfer in to join him.

Research Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to 12/12

The deadline for research proposals has been extended to Monday, December 12th. All guidelines remain the same and are available below. We are excited about the proposals we've received to date, and are looking forward to another year of funding important organic research. Please contact 831-426-6606 with any questions. Thank you.
 

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).

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.

OFRF Releases Analysis of USDA Research

OFRF released its analysis of organic research funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Organic Transitions (ORG) competitive research grant programs. This in depth analysis of programs funded from 2002-2014 offers an unprecedented assessment of the progress these programs have made in addressing critical research needs, and also provides recommendations for future research investments by USDA.

Research Abstracts for 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Due October 15th

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University, invite the submission of research abstracts for presentation at 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).

Help Restore Organic Transitions Program Funding

March 1, 2016 - As farmers across the U.S. plan for another crop year, the increasing demand for organic products is driving more of them to consider organic agriculture. Last year alone, sales of organic agriculture products grew by 11%. At the same time, the U.S. had a $1 billion organic agriculture trade deficit—mostly in grains—because the U.S. is not producing enough product for the domestic market.

One of the most effective ways to increase organic production is through university research that helps organic farmers and livestock producers better understand the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming. 

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