Organic News

OFRF Announces New Grant Round for Funding Organic Research

Contact: Brise Tencer, Executive Director

(831) 426-6606

brise@ofrf.org

For immediate release: Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Farm Bill a Victory for Organic Farming

For immediate release: February 4, 2014

Contact: Brise Tencer, Executive Director

(831) 426-6606, brise@ofrf.org

 (Santa Cruz, CA)–The Organic Farming Research Foundation, which has advocated for restoration of funding for organic programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, is reacting positively to the news of passage of the Farm Bill by the Senate today. The Farm Bill restores long overdue support for organic agriculture including significant funding increases for the Organic Extension and Research Initiative (OREI), the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), the National Organic Program (NOP) and the Organic Data Initiative (ODI). Despite significant shortcomings in the commodity, conservation and crop insurance titles of the proposal, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is celebrating the victories for organic agriculture found in the bill and urging the president to sign it.

OFRF-Funded Book Helps Organic Farmers Avoid Contamination from Genetically Engineered Crops



Press Release

Contact:
Brise Tencer, Executive Director

(831) 426-6606

brise@ofrf.org

For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

(Santa Cruz, CA) Today marks the publishing of the book, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity, the first of its kind to define best practices for farmers who want to avoid contamination of their seeds from genetically engineered (GE) crops. These are sometimes referred to as GMOs.

 
The book, funded in part by a $10,966 grant from OFRF, is published by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) and was distributed to 450 farmers
at this week’s 7th Annual Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, one of the nation’s largest organic seed conferences. Beginning today, OSGATA is providing copies of the book to organic farmers without cost.

Rich Everett, Everett Family Farm

photo of Rich Everett, Everett Family FarmWhen asked why he farms organically, Rich replied--

"There really is no alternative.  It's always been important to us to instill the value of growing healthy food and the connection of where it comes from.  We learn a lot by trial and error and the young farmers who launch their farming careers here."

Check out what's going on at Everett Family Farm.

Jim Cochran, Swanton Berry Farm

"Farming production is not the hard part. Without a solid handle on marketing, you can't grow the right things at the right time at the right price. You have to know your market really well."

- Jim Cochran, Organic Farmer -
Swanton Berry Farm

 

James Cook, Groundswell Organic Farm

When organic farmer James Cook of Groundswell Farm was asked who he considered to be his greatest political ally, he did not miss a beat when he replied, "CONSUMERS!"

 

Where’s your Farmer?

You’ve heard about “Know Your Food, Know Your Farmer” campaign. This past week at the MOSES conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, I met with several groups working to make sure there are actually farmers to know, especially organic farmers. They took somewhat different approaches, all with the intent to make certain we have farmers in the future.

Some organizations help farmers who are close to retirement transition their farm to the next generation. They provide guidance and advice to ensure that the land is kept in organic production. Sometimes the farm is passed on to the children. Other times the farm is handed over to a non-relative.

CALLING ALL FARMERS

OFRF is conducting an in depth insight study to gain farmer perspective on the current and emerging needs of American farmers.  We are asking you to participate in a 45 minute interview with a professional market research firm.  This insight will help shape future programs in research, education and policy.  If you would like to participate, please send your name and availability to info@gorfh.com.  Please add 'Farmer Insight Study' into the subject line.

Thank you!

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.

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