Farmer-led Research MOU

Memorandum of Understanding 2018

EFAO’s farmer-led research program is open for applications from any farmer interested in testing the effects of adopting more ecological practices on their farm, be it in the realm of horticulture, field crops, livestock, or perennials.

Farmer-researchers: Please read through the following Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 2018 and accept the MOU at this link.

Compensation for farmer-researchers

Research Trials

  • Current EFAO member receive a farmer-fee of $500 per farm per experiment per year
  • Others receive a farmer-fee of  $425 + EFAO membership per farm per experiment per year

Variety Trials

Mother Sites

  • Current EFAO member receive a farmer-fee of $500 per farm per experiment per year
  • Others receive a farmer-fee of  $425 + EFAO membership per farm per experiment per year

Satellite Sites

  • Current EFAO member receive a farmer-fee of $250 per farm per experiment per year.
  • Others receive a farmer-fee of  $175 + EFAO membership per farm per experiment per year.

Demonstration Sites

  • Current EFAO member receive a farmer-fee of $250 per farm per experiment per year.
  • Others receive a farmer-fee of  $175 + EFAO membership per farm per experiment per year.

Compensation for all farmer-researchers

  • ½ payment is receivable upon acceptance of this Research Protocol and Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) – link here.
  • ½ payment receivable upon remittance of the experimental data and photos, no later than the date outlined in your specific Research Protocol
  • Invoice Martina (martina@efao.ca) for farmer-fee, including HST if applicable

Pledge for farmer-researchers conducting Breeding Projects

  • You have the freedom to use the seeds generated from your farmer-led research project in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.

In addition to the compensation above, the EFAO will

  • Reimburse for Approved Research Expenses as outlined in your specific Research Protocol
  • Reimburse for one hotel night per farmer-research to attend the Farmer-led Research Workshop, December 3-4, 2018 in London
  • For multi-year projects, provide funding for future years if goals are met in current year
  • Help set up Research Protocol, write and post Protocol in the Research Library
  • Provide a template for data collection sheets
  • Monitor progress of project, including check-ins and help with troubleshooting
  • Deliver or mail a Farmer-Researcher farm gate sign
  • Conduct training program related to on-farm research
  • Help analyze data, write and print a Research Poster and post a Research Report in the Research Library
  • Conduct one-on-one consultation about the data and results as soon as possible after data are received
  • Host the Farmer-led Research Workshop & Symposium

Farmer-researchers will

  • Establish and conduct experiment as outlined in Research Protocol above
  • Record data outlined in Protocol and/or data collection sheet
  • Take high quality photos throughout the project
  • Keep in contact with EFAO with updates, problems, and questions
  • Turn in data in a digital format and 3-10 best photos by date specified in your specific Research Protocol
  • Complete feedback surveys related to the program
  • Provide research mentoring, including reviewing related protocols and phone consultation with fellow farmer-researchers on related projects.

If possible, the farmer-researchers will

  • Host an EFAO-organized field day related to the farmer-led research project
  • Attend and present at the Farmer-led Research Workshop December 3-4, 2018 in London, Ontario