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Agriculture, Interior Departments Partner to Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

ATTRA - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:53
Related ATTRA Publication:Protecting Water Quality on Organic FarmsUSDA and the Department of Interior will partner to provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on water quality. Working together, USDA Natural Resource…
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Case Study Focuses on Cutting Tractor Fuel Expenses

ATTRA - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:08
According to a case study conducted at the Iowa State University Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Atlantic, Iowa, tractor fuel savings of 20% or more can be achieved by using the "shift up, throttle back" technique. The study measured diese…
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Stray Voltage Guide Available Online

ATTRA - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:49
Iowa State University Farm Energy Initiative has announced the release of Iowa Stray Voltage Guide. The 28-page guide can be viewed online or downloaded. The guide outlines the steps farmers, electricians, utilities, and their advisors can take to discov…
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WTO Rules Against Country-of-Origin Labeling

ATTRA - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:50
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the United States has failed to bring its meat labeling regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules, reports Reuters. The WTO ruled in June 2012 that the U.S. meat labeling program, kn…
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Americans Willing to Spend More on Responsibly Produced Food

ATTRA - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:03
On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced in ways that uphold the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued by Gibbs-rbb Strategic Communicati…
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New York Awards Farmland Protection Funds

ATTRA - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:19
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the award of $17.6 million to protect more than 6,400 acres of farmland across New York State, which will maintain the land's use for agricultural purposes and keep the land free from future development. The fu…
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Celebrating 40 Years

Oregon Tilth News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:52
Oregon Tilth celebrates 40 years of working toward a better kind of agriculture with some of the most thoughtful and innovative people on our planet.
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Organic Trade Association reaching out to more organic farmers

Organic Trade Association - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:47

OTA launches new Farmstead Membership category

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 21, 2014) – The Franklin family has been farming in southern Vermont for nine generations. A family operation with one son helping full-time and two others pitching in on weekends, the certified organic dairy farm stays busy raising and milking some 52 dairy cows, along with producing fresh organic eggs and farm-raised organic beef, and some of the best-tasting organic maple syrup in Vermont.

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USDA Launches Program to Help Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

ATTRA - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:02
A new Farm Bill initiative will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting in spring 2015, allows eligible produc…
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Biocontrol Could Help with Plum Curculio

ATTRA - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:56
Related ATTRA Publication:Apples: Organic Production GuideA biocontrol treatment developed to help Northern New York alfalfa growers is now showing early promise of proving useful to New York apple growers by reducing plum curculio populations. With long…
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Study Ranks Best Places to Farm

ATTRA - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:48
Using data from the USDA Census of Agriculture, Farm Futures has compiled financial ratios and performance for more than 3,000 counties across the country, to identify the best places to farm. The study calculated countywide financial performance, includ…
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USDA Awards Small Business Innovation Research Grants

ATTRA - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:08
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded more than $18 million in grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. NIFA awarded 100 grants to small businesses for high…
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EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production

ATTRA - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:58
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans that concludes that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed tre…
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Honey Bee Health Coalition Releases ‘Bee Healthy’ Roadmap

ATTRA - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:49
The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a coalition of more than 30 organizations and agencies from across food, agriculture, government and conservation, has released Bee Healthy Roadmap, a plan to improve honey bee health. The Bee Healthy Roadmap lays out spec…
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Plant Communities Produce Greater Yield than Monocultures

ATTRA - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:00
Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure monocultures, a European research team headed by ecologists from the University of Zurich has discovered. The scientists are convinced that the cultivation of crop mixt…
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"Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate" Offered as Free, Online Course

ATTRA - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:24
Animal Agriculture in a Changing Climate is offering a free, online course for anyone who works in the animal agriculture industry, particularly extension educators. With the instructor on camera, the course feels more like a lecture than a computer cour…
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Researchers Progress with Microirrigation Research

ATTRA - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:55
Related ATTRA Publication:The California Microirrigation Pocket GuideA long-running microirrigation project involving 18 universities and laboratories has been advancing water-conserving technology over the past 25 years, according to New Mexico State Un…
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Whole Foods Market Introduces "Responsibly Grown" Produce Rating System

ATTRA - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:54
Whole Foods Market has announced the launch of "Responsibly Grown," an industry-leading tiered produce rating system that assesses growing practices that impact human health and the environment. The new rating system labels fresh fruits, vegetables, and…
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Opportunities to Preserve California Agricultural Land Identified

ATTRA - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:41
The California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment (CRAE) recently issued A Call to Action to Preserve California Agricultural Land . California farmland is being converted to nonagricultural uses at a rate of 30,000 acres per year, threatening…
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National Geographic Announces Multiyear Initiative Focusing on Food

ATTRA - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:29
The National Geographic Society has announced a multi-year commitment to exploring issues relating to food security and how we create sustainable food systems. The initiative grows out of an eight-month National Geographic magazine series looking at how…
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