The Organic Farming Research Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of organic farming, recently named its new research program director, Diana Jerkins.

Jerkins comes to the foundation with years of experience in agricultural research, federal program management, university administration, and farming. Previously, she directed the Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, and from 2002 to 2014, she was a National Program Leader with the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

In her new position with the Organic Farming Research Foundation, Jerkins will head the efforts of the National Organic Research Agenda, and will manage the research program which funds research on organic farming issues. She will also will begin work on important research, like a project to evaluate all organic farming research funded by the USDA since 2002, all while continuing to manage her 240-acre organic farm in Gordonsville, Va.

“My goals are to find mechanisms to support and enhance organic research that is relevant to all segments of the organic industry, and to provide the research results in an informative and accessible way to farmers and others,” Jerkins said in a news release.