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Second "Growing Maine" Video Highlights Farm Family

ATTRA - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:39
University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released the second installment of "Growing Maine," a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The second video in the series tells the story of lamb producers…
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Factsheet Highlights How Agroforestry Can Help Landowners Adapt to Intense Rainfall

ATTRA - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 09:48
Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An OverviewA two-page Working Trees Infosheet titled How can agroforestry help landowners adapt to increased rain intensity? is available online from the USDA National Agroforestry Center. The fact sheet notes…
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Iowans Asked to Participate in Developing Identity Standard for Aronia Berry Products

ATTRA - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:55
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach food safety specialists have asked for Iowans' help in acquiring samples of aronia berry jam and jelly for an upcoming ISU Extension and Outreach research project titled "Establishing a Standard of Identity…
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Research Links Economic Health with Organic Agriculture

ATTRA - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 20:05
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has released research that links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. A White Paper…
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Organic Farming Research Foundation Awards Research Grants

ATTRA - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:55
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has announced the award of six research grants for 2016. Grantees were selected based on the relevance of their proposed research project to fostering the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems,…
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Cornell's "Farm Ops" Helps Veterans Learn Agriculture

ATTRA - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:36
Cornell University's "Farm Ops" initiative gives returning veterans the opportunity to learn agriculture via their G.I. Bill benefits. Cornell Chronicle explains that the program allows earned military benefits to be deployed in agriculture training.…
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Researchers Find Cover Crops Can Aid in Pest Control

ATTRA - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:31
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & ResourcesResearch led by USDA-ARS under a grant from Southern SARE shows that cover crops used as refuges in vegetable plantings can help control insect pests by…
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New York Schools to Purchase More than $2 Million in Local Fruits and Vegetables

ATTRA - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:53
New York State Office of General Services has announced that school districts across the state have made a commitment to dedicate at least $2.1 million in USDA funds toward the federal agency's Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and…
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Investment Potential of Organic Agriculture Highlighted

ATTRA - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:41
Related ATTRA Publication: Planning for Profit in Sustainable FarmingA feature in Wall Street Daily explores why organic agriculture may be attractive to investors, and describes the approach of companies that base their investment approach on…
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EU Investigates Ecological Intensification of Agriculture

ATTRA - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:42
A European Union research project called "LIBERATION" is exploring how to use services provided by nature to benefit farmers, reports Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine. For example farmers can plant semi-natural wildflower habitats on…
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Biomass Crop Assistance Program Offering Incentives

ATTRA - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 11:05
USDA Farm Service Agency has announced the availability of incentive funds through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Facilities seeking to be qualified by USDA to accept biomass can enroll until June 6, 2016. BCAP provides financial assistance…
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Schools in Each State Honored for "One in a Melon" Farm to School Programs

ATTRA - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:57
USDA Food and Nutrition Service has announced the schools in each state that received the "One in a Melon" award for innovative farm to school programs. Parents, teachers, community stakeholders, students, and others nominated and voted for school…
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OFRF Publishes Soil Educational Guide

ATTRA - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 06:44
Related ATTRA Publication: Soil Management: National Organic Program RegulationsOrganic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has published a new educational guide titled Soil Microbial Interactions and Organic Farming. This resource explores the role of…
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Survey Assessing Animal Health Needs of Small-Scale and Urban Livestock and Poultry Producers

ATTRA - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:46
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for: Working with a VeterinarianResearchers from University of California, Washington State University, and Colorado State University are conducting a needs assessment regarding animal health concerns on small-scale farms…
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European Study Shows Benefits from Crop Diversification into Legumes

ATTRA - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 14:03
Research carried out as part of the European Union project Legume Futures shows environmental and economic benefits from introducing legumes into agricultural cropping systems dependent upon small grains. The research was published in Frontiers in Plant…
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Results of National Food Hub Survey Available Online

ATTRA - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 07:09
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International have released Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey. The report on this second national survey details findings on topics such as the financial state of food…
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University of Kentucky Develops Mechanized System for Organic Vegetable Production

ATTRA - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 06:44
Related ATTRA Publication: Equipment & Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Crop ProductionSouthern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) reports that University of Kentucky researchers have designed, built, and tested a low-cost,…
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Organic Industry Survey Shows Record Organic Sales

ATTRA - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 15:52
The Organic Trade Association's 2016 Organic Industry Survey reveals that total organic product sales hit a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up 11% from the previous year's record level. The industry saw its largest annual dollar gain ever in 2015,…
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FamilyFarmed Seeking Partners for Farmer Training Workshops

ATTRA - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:35
FamilyFarmed is seeking partners to join its grant application for funding of farmer training workshops including new Direct Market Success training and On-Farm Food Safety training, as well as its well-known Wholesale Success training. The customized,…
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Minnesota Awards Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants

ATTRA - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:09
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant program has just awarded grants to 11 new projects across the state. Topics include cover cropping, controlling invasive species with goats, bee health, novel…
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