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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 help for natural farmers by progressive coaching, sources, and group engagement.

(Could 16, 2024) The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) is happy to announce its five-year cooperative settlement with the US 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 places of work and with regional companions. Moreover, it is going to enhance consciousness amongst natural producers of the technical and monetary help out there by USDA to fulfill holistic useful resource administration objectives. 

“Guaranteeing federal conservation packages work for and are utilized by natural farmers is a necessary solution to develop and improve regenerative natural practices on the bottom,” acknowledged OFRF Government 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 develop sources for transitioning farmers. 

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

Moreover, all through this initiative, OFRF will:

  • Evaluate and enhance NRCS sources on natural farming practices and soil well being administration, and share the most recent analysis on natural agricultural practices.
  • Equip NRCS with a collection of coaching supplies and academic sources that construct capability throughout the company and deal with the priorities and desires of BIPOC farmers.
  • Guarantee NRCS natural sources and conservation requirements mirror the most recent 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 making certain 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 shall be appearing as lead on this venture.

OFRF is uniquely poised to supply coaching, technical data, and academic sources, together with steerage and natural farmer tales, that can enhance the capability of the NRCS employees to help natural producers in implementing conservation practices.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering once more with the USDA Pure Sources Conservation Service to additional this objective,” Tencer acknowledged.


About Natural Farming Analysis Basis

About OFRF: The Natural Farming Analysis Basis works to foster the development and widespread adoption of natural farming methods. OFRF cultivates natural analysis, schooling, and federal insurance policies that deliver 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
[email protected], ‪(518) 565-0156‬
P.O. Field 440, Santa Cruz, CA 95061


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