Organic foundation gets USDA grant to help growers

The Organic Farming Research Foundation has received a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency designed to promote the use of the agency's programs and services among organic farmers.

"(The foundation) is honored to receive this grant and will draw upon our extensive experience communicating the usefulness of USDA programs and other resources to organic and transitioning farmers and ranchers," said Organic Farming Research Foundation executive director, Brise Tencer, in a news release.

"This grant will allow (the foundation) to continue to help organic farmers address the challenges they face, and take advantage of the opportunities and resources available to help organic farming grow and thrive."

The foundation will use the grant funds to create educational resources and conduct outreach on Farm Service Agency benefits and opportunities for organic farmers and ranchers, according to the release.

The education and outreach will focus on the agency's role in providing financial assistance to establish conservation buffer zones, financial assistance for crop losses due to natural disasters, interim financing after harvest, and loans for storage facilities, according to the release.