Organic News

Farm Bill Now Rally on the Capitol Lawn

Please call your Member of Congress NOW and demand continued funding for organic programs in the Farm Bill.

Photo collage from the September 12 Farm Bill Rally at the Capitol

Press Release: Organic Farming IS Good For People, Economy, Soil, and Water

Organic Farming Research Foundation Releases Full Report Extolling the Multiple Societal Benefits of Organic Farming 

For Immediate Release    

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

Santa Cruz, CA (September 10, 2012) In what has been a flurry of conversation and controversy revolving around the nutritional advantages of organic versus non-organic food, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) asserts that the real advantages are far broader. Furthermore, OFRF states that the growing level of interest among consumers and health professionals begs for much greater investment in research that correlates human health to environmental health. 

Press Release: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Delivers First Online Destination Built for Organic Farmers

OFRF Site / Social Media Channels Provide Stage to Showcase Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity Report

For Immediate Release 

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

Santa Cruz, CA, (August 9, 2012) Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced today the release of the first online destination built especially for organic farmers that provides easy access to research, policy programs and educational and community-building tools to better meet their urgent needs.  Entering its third decade serving organic farmers, OFRF proudly launches the innovative online portal with easy, interactive access to rich organic information.

Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity... INDEED!

"We are always grateful for information on America's agricultural efforts, especially when it is as complete and thoughtfully compiled as Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the National Organic Program (NOP), and information such as you have provided will help us to refine and strengthen NOP."   - USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

The Fate of Organics

Good Times coverSanta Cruz nonprofit Organic Farming Research Foundation leads the charge for organics in the Farm Bill and beyond.   (Santa Cruz Good Times, 8.8.2012)

OFRF was featured in the cover story, "The Fate of Organics" in the August 8, 2012 edition of Santa Cruz Good Times. This is a great, in-depth article about our work supporting organic farmers. You can read the full article here.


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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.

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