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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.


What do you think?

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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.

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.

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