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The OFRF board announced Nov. 22 that it unanimously selected Maureen Wilmot to take over as executive director of the organization when Bob Scowcroft, OFRF co-founder and current executive director, retires on Jan. 1.
Once she takes over as OFRF's executive director, Wilmot will be focused on three strategic initiatives. The first is publishing a report detailing the many societal benefits of organic agriculture. The report, which will publish in spring 2011, will be based on a review of the research published to date on organic. "Publishing this report has been a priority for the [OFRF] board for more than five years," Birmingham said. "Maureen understands the value in this and is in a position to make this happen."
Under Wilmot's direction, OFRF will also spend next year developing its policy recommendations for the 2012 farm bill and working on the Organic Seed Initiative launched earlier this year by the CLIF BAR Family Foundation. "Organic farmers have identified GMO contamination as a major threat to their livelihoods and this is making the need for organic seeds and breeds increasingly important," Birmingham said.