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The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is now conducting a national survey of organic farmers. OFRF will contact more than 13,000 certified organic farmers via email or postcard asking for their participation. (Or you can access the survey here.)
The survey is confidential and will ask organic farmers to list data such as their farm size, production methods, and — most importantly — information about organic farming opportunities and challenges. Results from the survey will identify critical issues for organic farmers, and will inform OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda, which recommends research priorities for the USDA and other policymakers.
For more information, contact OFRF at (831) 426-6606 or visit their website.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), in partnership with Seed Matters, is now accepting grant proposals for research or education and outreach projects in organic seed quality or crop breeding innovation through November 19, 2012.
OFRF will consider funding for research projects in topics, including, but not limited to:
- Systems approaches to managing seed-borne diseases;
- Developing seed treatments compliant with the organic standards;
- Participatory plant breeding activities;
- Developing strategies for maintaining integrity of organic seed.
Education and outreach proposals will be accepted for the development of interactive educational materials, activities and media for:
- Effective seed treatments allowable under the organic standards;
- Maintaining seed quality during processing and handling;
- Small-scale seed harvesting, drying, and processing methods;
- On-farm or participatory breeding and selection methods.
Grant applicants in Canada, Mexico and the United States are eligible for funding up to $15,000.00. Proposals may be submitted online, and funding decisions will be made in March 2013. For guidance in writing and submitting your proposal, contact OFRF at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (831) 426-6606.
Pick up the phone and join Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) in their first Organic Phone Flash Mob to Congress! At 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19th, OFRF will lead the callers at the Organic Trade Association’s annual Organic Summit and at home in dialing their representatives to ask for their support of organic initiatives, research, cost share and transition assistance programs for farmers in the 2012 Farm Bill.
For more information and a short prepared script, visit OFRF’s blog. For your representatives’ contact information, view this public database and search by zip code or by state.