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1 When an organic farmer succeeds, we all thrive Where Opportunity Meets Growth

2 Supply Meeting Demand

3 VISION G row organic champions in Congress & federal agencies I ntegrate organic farming programs into all agricultural universities P rovide research that is relevant and responsive to organic farmers’ needs C ultivate a broader and deeper connection among organic supporters

4 Build network of organizers Assess Champions on the Hill/ Increase number of Champions DC Policy team conducted assessment DC Policy team delivers new networks to OFRF Increase in-district meetings California, Michigan, Ohio Increase number of advocates 100% increase since July 2011 Increase number of ‘Grasstop’ advocates by 20% Grew from 154 to 198 since January FARM BILL SUPPORT

5 Senate Agriculture Committee Consists of 11 Democrats (Chair is Sen. Stabenow) and 10 Republicans 2 new Republicans joined in January 2011 OFRF and Organic Farmers Meet with Senator Stabenow in Michigan

6 More than 300 Grants Awarded Land Grand Assessment Overview – May 2012 Launch – Immediate response from Deans RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

7 For Organic Research and Extension StateNational Ranking Annual Organic Sales (2008) Score (of 8 points possible) CA1$1,148,650,0006 WA2$281,970,0008 PA3$212,739,0005 OR4$155,613,0007 TX5$149,328,0005 WI6$132,764,0007 NY7$105,133,0006 VT8$72,857,0007 IA9$71,545,0007 ID10$71,250,0006 STATE ORGANIC REVENUE TO INVESTMENT Source: USDA: NASS

8 $3 Million in Organic Research Investment since 1990 Meeting Farmer RESEARCH Needs

9 Organic Farming Promotes Health & Prosperity in California Slows Climate Change Improves Human Health Creates Jobs / Sustains Rural Economy Provides NEW Economic Growth & Development MULTIPLE BENEFITS of ORGANIC FARMING

10 ADVOCACY GROWTH

11 Working together to build a healthier environment for people, planet and profit. When an organic farmer succeeds, we all thrive JOIN US AT ofrf.org


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