OFRF Report Finds Land Grants Do Not Support Organic

April 1, 2001

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OFRF Report Finds Land Grants Do Not Support Organic

OFRF Report Finds Land Grants Do Not Support Organic

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--A report by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) called State of the States: Organic Farming Systems Research at Land Grant Institutions 2000-2001 found that land grant agricultural research institutions are failing organic farmers. Jane Sooby, technical program coordinator of OFRF and author of the report, discovered that of the 885,863 available research acres in the land grant system, only.02 percent (151 acres) was devoted to certified organic research. "This is a shocking statistic," said OFRF president and organic farmer Wood Deryckx. "Organic farming is the fastest growing sector of the agricultural economy. The USDA and the land grants should be investing strategically in research to support its continued development."

The report also identified five states with certified organic research acreage and seven others with research land in the midst of receiving organic certification. OFRF plans to publish annual updates of the report as a barometer of public investment in the future of organic agriculture. The 68-page report is available on OFRF's Web site at www.ofrf.org.

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