Organic News

Congress is in recess next week!

Congress is in recess next week! That means your Member of Congress will be home in their district. Drop by their office and tell them to SUPPORT ORGANIC in the 2012 Farm Bill debate this summer!

If you can't stop by their office, call them! Find their contact info here: www.house.gov

A growing problem: Notes from the ‘superweed’ summit

The National Academy of Sciences hosted a summit to discuss “superweeds,” or the widespread problem of herbicide-resistant weeds currently afflicting millions of farm acres across the United States.

Superweeds — the “weeds that man can no longer kill!” — have been in the news for several years. Farmers all across the Midwest and Southeast continue to be photographed and filmed standing in fields surrounded by the giant plants. They bemoan the cost of pesticides and point to industrial rows of crops that don’t have a chance when up against feisty weeds that grow up to three inches a day.

Conservation programs key to farm bill

Hudson, S.D. - One of the American farmer’s primary responsibilities is protecting our farmland’s soil and water.

photo of farmlandFarmer Dan Gillespie talks about the importance of supporting conservation programs in the farm bill 

For the long-term food security of our nation, we must have productive soils that are not washing away or depleted of nutrients and organic matter.

On my farm, I have used two important working land conservation farm programs to enhance the productivity of my land: the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program.

Press Release: Organic Growth Puts America's Universities to the Test

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Assesses How Universities Will Meet Economic Demand with Future Organic Farmers

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA,  (May 1, 2012) Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced today the release of the first Organic Land Grant Assessment Report, measuring research, education and outreach in the federally funded Land Grant system.  The system, initiated by President Abraham Lincoln's visionary Land Grant Law, includes universities, research stations and Cooperative Extension.

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) taps Faith Grant as National Policy Advocate

OFRF Delivers Another Powerful Voice for Organic Farmers in Washington DC

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA  (April 25, 2012) At one of the most pivotal moments for American agriculture, the revision of the farm bill, OFRF announces the addition of Faith Grant as their National Policy Advocate located in Washington D.C. Faith is responsible for shepherding OFRF’s policy programs that increase public funding for research and education for organic farmers, gain wider adoption of organic agriculture in the U.S., and educate policy makers on the crucial role of organic agriculture in America.

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Celebrates Farmers and Puts ORGANIC Culture in Agriculture

OFRF Luncheon at Natural Products Expo West March 8, 2012

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA, (March 5, 2012)  Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) will celebrate American organic family farmers in a big way at the Natural Products Expo West conference and trade show being held at the Anaheim Convention Center March 8 - 11, 2012.

Press Release: Organic Farming Matters in Michigan

OFRF Urges Organic Supporters to Show Organic Strength to Senator Stabenow in Battle Creek

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Battle Creek, MI,  (January 13, 2012), When it comes to galvanizing organic advocates for Farm Bill 2012, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) leads the charge. OFRF is calling upon more organic farmers, urban agriculturists, food justice advocates and health-conscious consumers to show rigorous support for organic representation in Farm Bill 2012 to Senator Stabenow at the Michigan Family Farms Conference on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation Seeds New Organic Crop Varieties and Farming Practices

OFRF invests $50,640 in four new grants to improve the success of organic farmers

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA (January 10, 2012)  Organic farmers in Oregon will be growing sweeter corn, while their counterparts in North Carolina will be testing new varieties of broccoli best suited for their farms, thanks to grants awarded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Board of Directors. Additional grants will fund projects designed to help organic growers increase their yields while decreasing nitrogen and impacts on surrounding waterways, and to prevent organic seed-producing crops from being contaminated by GMOs. The OFRF Board approved four grants totaling $50,640 to help grow the industry's organic knowledge.

The Future of Organic Farming

Photo of Rich Everett

"The economic viability of organic farming just keeps getting better and better."

- Rich Everett-

Everett Family Farm specializes in growing and selling high-quality organic produce, free-range pastured eggs, flowers, apples, and persimmons. Rich Everett started farming organically after 25 years with West Marine, Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA. His wife, Laura May Everett, grew up in the Napa Valley, where her family grew organic grapes for local wineries.

Wendy Isaacs supports OFRF

"I support OFRF because I believe in organic farmers."

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