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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 techniques choices for controlling Espresso Leaf Rust (CLR) on 5 natural farms in Kona, Hawaii.

This farmer-led analysis mission 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 possibility to assist working farmers deal with the arrival of a brand new pest by way of farmer-directed analysis,” says Bondera. “By looking for group involvement and buy-in, this mission helps the work of 5 collaborating natural farms to study and work with Hawaii-produced espresso tree inputs to hunt impacts at controlling the pest, espresso leaf rust – CLR, which presently has no recognized long-term answer within the international espresso business.”

The mission will analysis espresso leaf rust administration by rising biodiversity, utilizing on-farm and island-made inputs and sequestering extra carbon by elevated soil natural matter. The impacts of further fertilizer and indigenous micro-organisms (IMO) sprays on decreasing CLR will likely be monitored and examined, with College of Hawaii natural system school aiding with analyses. Farmers will oversee analysis, knowledge evaluation and dissemination by already established networks in the neighborhood.

“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 tasks centered on local weather mitigation and constructing on-farm resilience have been awarded a grand complete of $119,817 in funding. The 2021/22 cycle was made potential by a $66,000 grant from FFAR and matching funds from OFRF and its analysis companions.

“FFAR is thrilled to help six natural analysis grants by 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 help elevated farmer resiliency to extreme climate occasions.”

To this point, 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 techniques. All OFRF-funded analysis should contain farmers or ranchers in mission design and implementation, happen on licensed natural land, and embrace robust schooling and outreach parts. All analysis outcomes are freely obtainable 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 large 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. Via 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 development and widespread adoption of natural farming techniques. OFRF cultivates natural analysis, schooling, and federal insurance policies that convey extra farmers and acreage into natural manufacturing. Challenge outcomes are shared freely at OFRF additionally supplies free entry to all of its instructional supplies and sources.

Media Contact
Caroline Baptist, OFRF Communications Supervisor, [email protected]



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