[Livingontheland] Organic Farming Research Foundation
tradingpost at riseup.net
Fri Sep 8 09:48:57 EDT 2006
Normally I'm skeptical of any funding and its practical value to most
growers, but I'm sending this on because OFRF is the biggest in the field.
>From Charles Martin, NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center
paul tradingpost at lobo.net
For your information. The deadline for application is December 15th.
From: Organic Farming Research Foundation [mailto:info at ofrf.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 1:44 PM
To: gr at nmsu.edu
Subject: Organic Farming Research Foundation Releases Request for Proposals
OFRF Requests Organic Research Proposals
PRESS ADVISORY...............................CONTACT: Jane
Sept. 7, 2006.....................................................Bob
Santa Cruz, CA -- The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is
resuming its grants program after taking time off from its regular
grantmaking schedule to evaluate the impact of its grants on organic
The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15, 2006.
In reinstating the grants program, OFRF is releasing an open request for
proposals in all subject areas, but particularly encourages proposals in
the following topic areas:
* organic livestock systems;
* economic constraints and opportunities relevant to the viability of
small- and medium-scale organic farms and ranches;
* projects that investigate the interactions between components of
organic systems and that take a systems-management (rather than an
input-substitution) approach to solving production problems.
"I'm pleased that the OFRF Board of Directors has invested their time and
expertise into reviewing our grantmaking program," commented OFRF
Executive Director Bob Scowcroft. "The updated request for proposals is a
reflection of what we learned and of the areas we think require the most
research support in the future."
OFRF encourages organic farmers and ranchers to apply for a grant. Many
producers find that working with a small group, or with an extension
educator or university-based researcher, can make it easier to design and
carry out a research project. OFRF encourages applications from such
partnerships, and will try to link interested farmers with research
Projects must involve farmers in both design and implementation and take
place on working organic farms whenever possible.
"We're looking forward to receiving many high-quality organic research
proposals this winter," Scowcroft said.
One finding of OFRF's evaluation of its grantmaking, presented in the
report Investing in Organic Knowledge: Impacts of the First 13 Years of
OFRF's Grantmaking Program, is that all farmer grant recipients
interviewed for the evaluation said that their research findings had been
of practical use to them and had resulted in their changing production
practices on their farms.
OFRF has funded the largest number of organic agriculture research
projects of any foundation in the U.S. in its 13 years of grantmaking,
disbursing $1.3 million to support 213 projects.
To apply, eight copies of a proposal must be submitted to the OFRF office
by Dec. 15, 2006. For more details, please refer to the updated request
for proposals on the OFRF website at
Or contact Jane Sooby, technical program coordinator, at 831-426-6606,
email <mailto:jane at email@example.com.
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Charles A. Martin
NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center
P.O. Box 159
Alcalde, NM 87511
email: cmartin at nmsu.edu
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