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Organic Federation of Australia aims to unite the organic farming industry

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Established in 1998, the Organic Federation of Australia  (OFA) is the peak body for the organic industry in Australia.

The OFA defines its role as "to work in co-operation with all sectors of industry and government to develop the Australian Organic Industry from a niche industry into a major component of Australian agriculture and deliver benefits to consumers, producers and the Australian environment."

To this end, the Federation acts as a unifying national voice for the organic industry, representing the interests of organic and biodynamic producers to industry and governments at the local, State and Federal level.

The OFA does not certify farmers, rather it works with the industry to further common aims. All sectors of the organic industry are included in its mandate, from certifiers to meat production, through to education and research.

The Federation has also established the Organic Trust, which was set up to "enable Australia to invest in scientific research and education in areas relevant to organic and bio-dynamic agriculture, and to manage funds received from private and public sources for this research and education."

The Trust achieves these goals by:

  • attracting funding from private and government sources: it is a charitable trust which accepts tax-deductible donations
  • providing grants for relevant research, education and industry development
  • helping investors to find appropriate researchers
  • negotiating with research and development organisations; and
  • providing links to national and international network of research organisations.

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