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Maine Joins 'Homegrown By Heroes' Program

ATTRA - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 19:55
The State of Maine has officially partnered with the Homegrown By Heroes (HBH) program, according to Farmer Veteran Coalition and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Morning Ag Clips reports that the partnership will work to…
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Farm Aid Announces Venue for 30th Anniversary Concert

ATTRA - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 19:33
Farm Aid will bring its 30th anniversary concert to Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, September 19. Farm Aid 30 will feature Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson and many…
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Rooting Pigs Tested as Nutsedge Control

ATTRA - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:47
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Weed Management for Small and Medium-Scale FarmsA weed science researcher with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is testing the effectiveness of rooting pigs in controlling…
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New Open-Pollinated Sweet Corn Varieties Becoming Available

ATTRA - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:58
Oregon farmer Jonathan Spero announces the commercial release of Top Hat and Tuxana, two open-pollinated, super-sweet corn varieties. The organic-friendly varieties whose seed can be saved by farmers will be available in limited quantities for the 2016…
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Farm to School Lessons from Wisconsin Communities Shared in New Report

ATTRA - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:51
A new report from the Wisconsin Clearinghouse compiles the experiences of 14 organizations in Wisconsin that received U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding in 2011 to increase access to healthy food systems in their regions. Each…
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"Innovation Challenge" Offers Prizes for Using USDA Data to Increase Food Resiliency

ATTRA - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:42
USDA is partnering with Microsoft to launch the "Innovation Challenge," a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States' food system with the intent of achieving better food resiliency. The challenge invites entrants to…
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Oklahoma Healthy Soils Project to Establish Demonstration Farms

ATTRA - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:43
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) Healthy Soils Project is a voluntary effort to conserve the natural resources of Oklahoma by encouraging agriculture producers to participate in proven conservation practices. Though the Healthy…
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Research Abstracts Sought for 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

ATTRA - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:19
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center invite the submission of research abstracts for presentation at the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), taking place January…
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Good Food Business Accelerator Invites Applications for Fellowships

ATTRA - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:13
FamilyFarmed's Good Food Business Accelerator (GFBA) is accepting applications from food and farm entrepreneurs who want to participate in the program's second year. The Good Food Business Accelerator gets farm and food businesses located in and serving…
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Crop Insurance Expanded to Cover Fresh Fruit and Nuts in 2016

ATTRA - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 05:51
USDA has announced that Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are now available to cover fresh fruit and nuts in select counties beginning with the 2016 crop year. SCO is an area-based policy…
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California FarmLink Publishes Land Trust Case Studies

ATTRA - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:16
Related ATTRA Publication: Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure FarmlandCalifornia FarmLink has published Conservation and Affordability of Working Lands: Nine Case Studies of Land Trusts Working With Next Generation Farmers, online in PDF. This…
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Cover Crop Bulletin Developed by SARE

ATTRA - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:25
The Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program has developed a bulletin on cover crops as a companion to its Cover Crop Topic Room to educate farmers and ag professionals on the benefits of using cover crops in sustainable…
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National Agricultural Statistics Service Conducting Urban Agriculture Pilot Study

ATTRA - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:59
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting an Urban Agriculture Pilot Study in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2015 Urban Agriculture Pilot Study is the first study of its kind being conducted by NASS. NASS produces official…
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USDA Introduces Local Beef Market Report for Vermont

ATTRA - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:51
USDA’s Market News division has begun issuing a monthly local beef report for the state of Vermont. USDA Market News reporters gather price and volume data from a number of small producers throughout the state and publish price reports and commentary…
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Publication Features Case Study to Guide Start-Up Food Hubs

ATTRA - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 01:56
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Iowa Food Hub have released a new publication, Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-Up. The publication is part of the "Iowa Food Hub:…
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Specialty Crop Grant to Result in Growers Guides

ATTRA - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 22:31
A three-year, specialty crop grant awarded to the University of California Santa Cruz will result in organic growers guides for eight crops, including cut flowers, potatoes, peppers, and winter squash, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The forthcoming…
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West Virginia University Partners in Veterans to Agriculture Project

ATTRA - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:08
Related ATTRA Publication: Veteran ResourcesWest Virginia University at Parkersburg and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture have partnered for the Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture project. Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture will assist…
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Research Shows Ultraviolet Light Reduces Fruit Pathogens

ATTRA - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 18:21
Scientists at Washington State University have shown in a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology that ultraviolet C (UVC) light is effective against foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits. According to WSU, the…
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Soil-Moisture Monitoring Project Enlists Citizen Scientists

ATTRA - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:56
Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists has announced a $50,000 grant to SciStarter ( to recruit, train, and equip teams in all 50 states to measure and report soil moisture measurements at regular intervals, reports…
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New USDA Center of Excellence to Assist Small Farmers

ATTRA - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 13:01
USDA has announced that it is making a $1 million initial investment to support three Centers of Excellence with the Council of 1890 Colleges. These three new centers will serve as a consortium to increase coordination and collaboration between USDA and…
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