Organic News

Bipartisan Organic Research Funding Bill Introduced in Senate

Contact:
Michael Stein, Policy Associate
(831) 426-6606
 
February 7, 2018 - Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA) have joined together to introduce the Organic Agriculture Research Act in the Senate. The bill will renew the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), the USDA’s flagship organic research program, and increase the funding annually over the life of the next Farm Bill. 

OFRF at High Plains Organic Farming Conference

The 5th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27th and 28th at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The theme for this year's conference is Innovative Solutions for Organic Agriculture. Sessions will include information on organic certification, dryland cropping systems, intensive vegetable production, and livestock systems. OFRF's Policy Associate, Michael Stein, will be the keynote speaker on February 28th at 3:30 pm.

2018 PASA Poster Presentation on Organic Agriculture Research

OFRF, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), will host an Organic Poster Session at the winter PASA conference being held February 7-10, 2018 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

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.

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.

End-of-Year Wrap-up from OFRF's Policy Team

Organic Momentum in 2018
Farmer Voices on the Farm Bill
by Mark Lipson and Michael Stein

OFRF’s policy program is focused on bringing the voices of organic farmers into the legislative process. We’ve had 20+ years of success making organic research and organic farmers matter in Congress. Many gains have been made with this farmer-forward approach, but much is at stake in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. 

Kick Off Expo West with OFRF!

21st Annual Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, March 8, 2018
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, California

We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Debra Eschmeyer, Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs, Danone North America.

As Executive Director of Let's Move!, Debra led First Lady Michelle Obama's work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids. During her tenure as Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, she advised the Obama Administration on food, agriculture, and nutrition issues. An organic farmer and recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2011, Debra will share her infectious vision for changing the way we eat and think about food and organic farming.

Organic Voices on the Hill

As the Farm Bill debate continues, OFRF has been working to ensure that the voices of organic farmers, and those that support organic farming, are being heard by members of Congress. With several key programs that support organic farming without permanent funding, it is vital that members of Congress hear from constituents about the importance of supporting organic agriculture in the upcoming Farm Bill.

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