Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Organic Farming Research Foundation

  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • www.ofrf.org

Mission Statement

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

Main Programs

  1. Research & Education
  2. Policy
Service Areas

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National

United States, Canada, and Mexico

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

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Mrs. Brise Tencer

Keywords

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organic farming, agriculture, research, policy, grantmaking

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EIN

77-0252545

 Number

0087798148

Physical Address

303 Potrero St #29-203

Santa Cruz, 95060

Also Known As

OFRF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Research & Education

Research, Education, and Grantmaking
Since 1990, OFRF’s grantmaking program has awarded more than $2.7 million for over 290 projects. Our grantmaking objective is to generate practical, science-based knowledge to support modern organic farming systems. OFRF-funded projects emphasize grower-researcher collaboration, studies conducted on-farm and/or in certified organic settings, and outreach of project results.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$338,303.00

Program 2

Policy

OFRF's Policy Program is the voice of organic family farmers in the halls of government. Our policy team:
Analyzes proposed policies at the state and federal level
Advances an organic agriculture policy platform in Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in state governments
Educates and mobilizes organic farmers and ranchers on important policy issues
Find out more by visiting OFRF's Policy Pages: http://ofrf.org/policy/policy.html(http://ofrf.org/policy/policy.html)

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$313,242.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.

    To cultivate organic research.

    To expand our education efforts to the growing ranks of organic producers.

    To work with policy makers to increase the public resources and attention given to organic.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    National Organic Research Agenda Update (NORA).
    Research grant making.
    Increasing accessibility of existing organic research, including broad communications and farmer-specific informational guides.
    Engage legislators on Capitol Hill, work with USDA on implementation of Farm Bill programs.
    Build partnerships and collaborations with other organic minded organizations nationwide.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have 25 years of experience managing research projects that address the practical challenges of organic production. To date, we have funded 326 research grants to organic farmers/ranchers and scientists, totaling more than $3,000,000. We are committed to freely providing science-based information that is critical to the success of organic farmers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Increase in the number of organic acres in US agricultural production.
    Newsletter distribution (currently over 10,000 recipients).
    Web traffic and social media (over 108k Facebook likes).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

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National

United States, Canada, and Mexico

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Organic Farming Research Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Organic Farming Research Foundation

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Executive Director

Mrs. Brise Tencer

BIO

Brise Tencer is passionate about organic food and farming. She brings 14 years of leadership experience working on organic food policy, farming, and research issues, and strong relationships across all sectors of the organic community. Ms. Tencer most recently served as Director of Policy and Programs for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). At CCOF she managed the government affairs and grower education program, coordinated their regional chapters of members, and ran a grant-making program. Prior to that, she served as lead lobbyist on food and agriculture issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists. There she developed legislative campaigns on a range of agriculture issues, including organic (focusing on the connection between organic practices and climate change), USDA research priorities, and food safety. She also worked on a successful campaign to end overuse of antibiotics in livestock production.

Brise worked as Acting Policy Program Director and later as Legislative Coordinator for The Organic Farming Research Foundation from 2000 to 2006. While here, she helped initiate the Organic Agricultural Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Organic Farmers Action Network (OFAN), a grassroots political action network to support organic-friendly policies. She helped secure language in the Agriculture Risk Management Act of 2000, which said that organic farming was considered a “good farming practice", that enabled organic producers to be eligible to participate in federal crop insurance programs for the first time.

Ms. Tencer has served on the boards of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, the California Climate and Agricultural Network, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Don Lareau

Farmer, Zephyros Farm and Garden

Term: Mar 2016 - Apr 2017

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