Organic News

OFRF Board Member Doug Crabtree to Receive Organic Trade Association’s Organic Farmer of the Year Award

OFRF is pleased to announce that Board Member Doug Crabtree will be honored at the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Leadership Awards Celebration on September 17 in Baltimore, Maryland. The association presents Organic Leadership Awards to recognize outstanding visionaries who demonstrate how organic practices can change our world for the better. Doug, as an organic farmer and policy advocate who strives to make his farming operation a compelling example of a better way to farm, certainly fits the bill.

“We were delighted (but not surprised) to learn that Doug Crabtree, now in his second term on OFRF’s board, has been named the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Farmer of the Year,” said OFRF Board President Meg Moynihan. “Doug is a passionate advocate for organic agriculture.”

Soils on Organic Farms Could Reverse Effects of Climate Change

From our friends at the Rodale Institute comes a new study titled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change.”  The study investigates how farming systems affect greenhouse gas emission, and shows the benefits of organic agriculture in slowing and even slowing climate change. Key to that process is how organic farmers manage their soil.  The study concludes that greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 40 percent if all current cropland was managed organically.

Organic Seed Survey Seeks Input from Certified Organic Crop Producers

OFRF invites your participation in a national seed survey conducted by our friends at the Organic Seed Alliance, an organization we are proud to support in numerous endeavors, including the recently published set of four manuals to help farmers breed the seed they need, as well as the Organic Participa

Job Description: Research Program Director

RESEARCH PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Position Description * June 2014
Santa Cruz, CA
 
ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
 

OFRF Research Grant Helps Breeders Develop Sweeter Organic-Friendly Corn

Press Release
 
For immediate release: June 5, 2014
 
Contact:
Brise Tencer, Executive Director: (831) 426-6606  brise@ofrf.org
Rachel Goodman, Communications Consultant: (831) 457-8098  rachel@ofrf.org
 
OFRF Research Grant Helps Breeders Develop Sweeter Organic-Friendly Corn
 

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

Press Release

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. 

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.
 

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

 

OFRF Public Comment to USDA RE: Coexistence

                                   

March 4, 2014           

Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave, SW

Washington, DC         20250

Re:       Request for Public Input, Enhancing Agricultural Coexistence

            Docket No. APHIS–2013–0047

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

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