OFRF Receives OREI Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) a grant to evaluate federal organic research programs. 
USDA awarded the grant through the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). This year, USDA awarded $23 million in grants under OREI and the Organic Transitions program to improve the competitiveness of organic crop and livestock producers.
OFRF will use the OREI grant to conduct topical and regional evaluations of OREI-funded programs. The project will assess to what degree each project involved organic producers and how the results of projects were shared with organic producers.
“We are really excited to be starting this project. We believe it will provide critical insight into the progress made by USDA in meeting the needs of organic farmers. It will also help identify gaps and map out a path for next steps in addressing the challenges faced by organic producers,” said Brise Tencer, OFRF Executive Director and former CCOF Policy Director.
The project is a collaboration between OFRF and partners including Oregon Tilth, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, the Virginia Association for Biological Farming, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.