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OFRF and FFAR Announce Analysis Grant on Natural Farming Approaches to Espresso Leaf Rust Illness


(June 9, 2022) – The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) and the Basis for Meals & Agriculture Analysis (FFAR) are happy to announce its first award for the 2021/22 OFRF natural analysis grant cycle. Colehour Bondera of Kanalani Ohana Farm was awarded $19,900 to analysis natural farming programs choices for controlling Espresso Leaf Rust (CLR) on 5 natural farms in Kona, Hawaii.

This farmer-led analysis challenge takes a whole-systems strategy to guage plant health-based choices for managing espresso leaf rust (CLR), a probably devastating illness for all espresso growers however particularly natural farmers. Lengthy-term natural growers have seen restricted efforts within the state to discover or disseminate details about natural approaches to coping with this new espresso illness.

“Funding from this OFRF grant supplies a chance to assist working farmers handle the arrival of a brand new pest by way of farmer-directed analysis,” says Bondera. “By searching for neighborhood involvement and buy-in, this challenge helps the work of 5 collaborating natural farms to be taught and work with Hawaii-produced espresso tree inputs to hunt impacts at controlling the pest, espresso leaf rust – CLR, which at present has no identified long-term answer within the world espresso trade.”

The challenge will analysis espresso leaf rust administration by growing biodiversity, utilizing on-farm and island-made inputs and sequestering extra carbon via elevated soil natural matter. The impacts of extra fertilizer and indigenous micro-organisms (IMO) sprays on lowering CLR can be monitored and examined, with College of Hawaii natural system college helping with analyses. Farmers will oversee analysis, knowledge evaluation and dissemination via already established networks locally.

“We’re thrilled to have the ability to make investments on this analysis that helps the success of a key natural crop in Hawaii,” mentioned Brise Tencer, OFRF Government Director.

This yr’s program prioritized farmers, early profession researchers and Black, Indigenous and Folks of Colour (BIPOC) candidates. Six initiatives targeted on local weather mitigation and constructing on-farm resilience have been awarded a grand whole of $119,817 in funding. The 2021/22 cycle was made doable by a $66,000 grant from FFAR and matching funds from OFRF and its analysis companions.

“FFAR is thrilled to assist six natural analysis grants via this collaboration with the Natural Farming Analysis Basis,” mentioned Dr. LaKisha Odom, FFAR scientific program director. “These analysis grants are funding audacious soil administration methods that improve crop productiveness, enhance environmental well being and assist elevated farmer resiliency to extreme climate occasions.”

Up to now, OFRF has invested over $3 million in 361 grants throughout North America to advance scientific information and enhance the ecological sustainability and financial prosperity of natural farming programs. All OFRF-funded analysis should contain farmers or ranchers in challenge design and implementation, happen on licensed natural land, and embody sturdy schooling and outreach elements. All analysis outcomes are freely out there in OFRF’s on-line database.


Basis for Meals & Agriculture Analysis
The Basis for Meals & Agriculture Analysis (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund daring analysis addressing massive meals and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established within the 2014 Farm Invoice to extend public agriculture analysis investments, fill information gaps and complement USDA’s analysis agenda. FFAR’s mannequin matches federal funding from Congress with non-public funding, delivering a robust return on taxpayer funding. By means of collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, customers and the setting.

Natural Farming Analysis Basis
The Natural Farming Analysis Basis (OFRF) is a non-profit basis that works to foster the advance and widespread adoption of natural farming programs. OFRF cultivates natural analysis, schooling, and federal insurance policies that deliver extra farmers and acreage into natural manufacturing. Venture outcomes are shared freely at ofrf.org. OFRF additionally supplies free entry to all of its instructional supplies and sources.

Media Contact
Caroline Baptist, OFRF Communications Supervisor, caroline@ofrf.org



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