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OFRF Awarded USDA NRCS Cooperative Settlement


OFRF has been awarded a USDA NRCS cooperative settlement to domesticate conservation excellence and empower natural producers nationwide. The collaborative initiative strengthens NRCS capabilities and enhances assist for natural farmers by means of progressive coaching, sources, and group engagement.

(Might 16, 2024) The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) is happy to announce its five-year cooperative settlement with america Division of Agriculture’s (USDA) Nationwide Useful resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to reinforce natural agriculture companies’ entry to very important conservation packages.

OFRF will present experience in natural analysis and conservation practices, supporting NRCS in constructing institutional information of the conservation issues of natural administration at NRCS workplaces and with regional companions. Moreover, it’ll improve consciousness amongst natural producers of the technical and monetary help obtainable by means of USDA to fulfill holistic useful resource administration objectives. 

“Making certain federal conservation packages work for and are utilized by natural farmers is a vital approach to broaden and improve regenerative natural practices on the bottom,” said OFRF Govt Director Brise Tencer.  

OFRF will work in partnership with Oregon Tilth and different regional companions, representing a mixed $5 million funding by NRCS to bolster natural experience and broaden sources for transitioning farmers. 

This cooperative settlement will set up a brand new NRCS Liaison function at OFRF, who will function a vital useful resource and communicator for the undertaking. The liaison will evaluate NRCS supplies, develop instructional sources for natural producers, and current at nationwide occasions.

Moreover, all through this initiative, OFRF will:

  • Assessment and enhance NRCS sources on natural farming practices and soil well being administration, and share the newest analysis on natural agricultural practices.
  • Equip NRCS with a set of coaching supplies and academic sources that construct capability throughout the company and handle the priorities and desires of BIPOC farmers.
  • Guarantee NRCS natural sources and conservation requirements replicate the newest analysis findings.
  • Interact with farmers, Natural Coordinators, and Certifiers nationwide to extend information of and entry to NRCS natural packages and sources.

“This partnership goes to permit OFRF to proceed our work of guaranteeing that NRCS conservation packages acknowledge the conservation advantages of natural agricultural administration whereas additionally growing our efforts to make sure that natural producers are conscious of and make the most of the numerous helps NRCS has to supply,” shared OFRF Senior Coverage and Packages Supervisor Gordon Merrick, who might be performing as lead on this undertaking.

OFRF is uniquely poised to supply coaching, technical info, and academic sources, together with steering and natural farmer tales, that may enhance the capability of the NRCS workers to help natural producers in implementing conservation practices.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering once more with the USDA Pure Assets Conservation Service to additional this purpose,” Tencer said.


About Natural Farming Analysis Basis

About OFRF: The Natural Farming Analysis Basis works to foster the advance and widespread adoption of natural farming methods. OFRF cultivates natural analysis, schooling, and federal insurance policies that convey extra farmers and acreage into natural manufacturing. For extra details about OFRF, please go to our web site:

Media Contact:
Ashley Dulaney, Communications Director, OFRF
ashley@ofrf.orf, ‪(518) 565-0156‬
P.O. Field 440, Santa Cruz, CA 95061



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