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Farm to School Evaluation Framework Launched

ATTRA - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:41
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has launched a pioneering and highly anticipated new resource, Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School. The resource defines outcomes farm to school can achieve ac…
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Guide Helps California Specialty Crop Growers Promote Farms at Fairs

ATTRA - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:23
University of California Small Farm Program and the California Department of Food and Agriculture Division of Fairs and Expositions have released Discover California Farms at California Fairs: A Guide to Specialty Crop Promotion and Education at Californ…
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U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards Program Accepting Nominations

ATTRA - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:24
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is now accepting nominations for the 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize outstanding dairy farms, businesses, and partnerships for socially responsible, economically viable, and environmentally…
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Berger and Adcock Named Spencer Award Recipients

ATTRA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:59
Two Iowans have been selected to receive the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. They are southeast Iowa farmer Steve Berger and Leigh Adcock, who is outgoing director of the Iowa-based grassroots Women, Food and Agriculture Network. Berger o…
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Cold Climate Strawberry Farming Publication Now Online

ATTRA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:51
University of Minnesota has released Cold Climate Strawberry Farming, a free, interactive e-book. The e-book goes into detail on important topics such as choosing your market, innovative marketing techniques, comprehensive cultivar recommendations, insur…
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Report Profiles Young Farmers Adapting to Drought

ATTRA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:33
The National Young Farmers Coalition has released a report highlighting innovative farmers who are adapting to record drought in the arid Southwest. Sustaining Farming in the Arid West: Stories of young farmers, water and resilience demonstrates how West…
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USDA Launches New Dairy Farm Risk Management Program

ATTRA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:45
USDA has announced that starting September 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in a new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin--the difference between the price of milk and fe…
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Extension Guide Explains Hops Pest Management

ATTRA - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:08
Related ATTRA Publication:Hops: Organic ProductionA new Purdue Extension guide, The Integrated Pest Management Guide for Hops in Indiana 2014, lists pesticides registered for hops in Indiana as well as seven tables of information detailing herbicide, dis…
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Scientists Find Soil Micro-organisms Eliminate Nitrous Oxide

ATTRA - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:39
Scientists at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research have found that the ability of soils to eliminate nitrous oxide, one of the principal greenhouse gases, can mainly be explained by the diversity and abundance of a new group of micro-o…
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Oregon Tilth News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:16
Oregon Tilth anunció la apertura de su nueva sede en la región centro norte del Bajío, estado de Querétaro. La nueva sede le permitirá a Oregon Tilth servir mejor a sus socios y clientes en América Latina. Asimismo, Oregon Tilth se ha comprometido a continuar con su misión de promover los beneficios de la producción orgánica para los agricultores, procesadores y la conservación medioambiental de la región.
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Oregon Tilth Opens Office in North Central Mexico

Oregon Tilth News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:13
Oregon Tilth announced it has opened a new office in the North Central Mexico Bajío region in Santiago de Querétaro. The new location will allow Oregon Tilth to better serve its partners and clients in Latin America. In addition, Oregon Tilth has committed to continue its mission of promoting the benefits of organic production for farmers, processors and environmental conservation in the region.
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Web-Based Grazing Record Keeping Tool Introduced

ATTRA - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:08
The Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) recently launched a new web-based planning and record keeping program for ranchers and grazing managers. GrazeKeeper is an electronic tool to manage livestock and pasture inventory, grazing plans,…
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MSU Center for Regional Food Systems Receives Grants to Support Good Food Access

ATTRA - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:04
Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems has received two grants from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, totaling $6 million over four years, to fund research and outreach to advance equity, sustainability, and strong economies through good…
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Soil Renaissance Website Now Available

ATTRA - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:05
Stakeholders interested in being part of the Soil Renaissance can now do so electronically via a new website. The Soil Renaissance Strategic Plan, which is available on the new website, defines objectives and strategies for work in four areas: measuremen…
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UC Researchers Explore Ladderless Peach and Nectarine Orchards

ATTRA - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:33
University of California researchers are experimenting with semi-dwarfing rootstocks for peach and nectarine production. The shorter trees will allow "ladderless" orchards with trees seven or eight feet tall that can be pruned and harvested from the grou…
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Grist Features 'United States of Sustainable Food'

ATTRA - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:21
Grist has posted a feature on the United States of Sustainable Food. Writer Eve Andrews located someone in every state in the nation who's breaking the status quo when it comes to food. Stories of how producers, institutions, processors, and distributors…
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Tilth Producers T40 Conference Poster Session Invites Submissions

ATTRA - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:53
Tilth Producers of Washington is inviting academic researchers, farmers, graduate students, and non-profit organizations to make submissions for the poster session of the 2014 Tilth Producers T40 Conference. The conference will be held November 7-9, 2014…
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American Farmland Trust Surveys State Farmland Protection Programs

ATTRA - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:50
American Farmland Trust (AFT) has released its annual survey of state-level farmland protection programs. The survey found that during 2013, states spent nearly $160 million to protect farm and ranch land covering 81,232 acres. Although 27 states have ac…
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State Regulators Crack Down on Library Seed-Exchange Programs

ATTRA - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:13
State agency regulators in Pennsylvania and Maryland have come down against seed-exchange programs at local libraries, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing concerns that distributing homegrown seeds not subject to quality testing could spread invasive…
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New England Food Policy Project Schedules Wednesday Webinar Series

ATTRA - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:53
American Farmland Trust's New England office and partners are continuing a Wednesday webinar series focused on state and federal policies that could improve the region's food system. The webinars explore in greater detail the policies and policy options…
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