The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) works to foster widespread adoption and improvement of organic farming systems with the goal of making organic the leading form of agriculture, for healthy and resilient people, ecosystems and economies.
OFRF gathers research and listens to farmers and consumers across the country to determine how to push for necessary and appropriate policy changes. This year, the organization initiated their 2015 National Survey of Organic Farmers. Landing in e-mail boxes across the United States, the survey invited all certified organic farmers to share their experiences and let the science community know what areas of research are most needed to advance organic farming. OFRF also conducted listening sessions with farmers around the country to hear about their research needs. Results will be used to update OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda, an influential roadmap that identifies the issues most critical to the success of organic farmers for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other research institutions.
Farm Aid’s investment in OFRF “has helped to build on our historic mission of advancing the science of organic farming, and aligning research with the on-the-ground needs of organic farmers. Farm Aid’s long-term support of farmers, and organic in particular, has yielded significant support for farmers and their advocates.”