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Neonicotinoids Found to Reduce Populations of Predatory Insects

ATTRA - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:01
Researchers at Penn State have found that neonicotinoids significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings--perhaps as much as broadcast applications of commonly used pyrethroid insecticides. "Predatory insects contribute…
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Redesigning Agroecosystems Can Build Soil Resilience

ATTRA - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:44
Related ATTRA Resource: Soil Health and LivestockA feature in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation discusses how the specialization of agriculture has led to declines in soil resilience to climate fluctuations. Authors from the University of…
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Reminder: CSP Sign-Up Cutoff Approaching

ATTRA - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:02
USDA is currently accepting initial applications for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a national program that rewards farmers for protecting and enhancing natural resources on their working lands. The newly revised CSP includes expanded options…
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Conservation Reserve Program Offers New Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat

ATTRA - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:15
USDA has announced new CRP practices to protect water quality and the addition of 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators, and wetlands. A new conservation initiative known as Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) will assist…
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National Water Quality Initiative Invests in High-Priority Watersheds

ATTRA - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:55
USDA has announced that it will invest more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative…
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Pesticide Worker Protection Standard Compliance Manual Released

ATTRA - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:41
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC), is making available a guide to help users of agricultural pesticides comply with the requirements of the 2015 revised federal Worker…
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Report Details Economic Benefits of Using Cover Crops as Forage

ATTRA - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:19
Practical Farmers of Iowa has released a four-page livestock research report titled Economic Benefits from Utilizing Cover Crops as Forage. Four cattle and row crop farmers in Iowa are participating in a demonstration project of forage grazing that…
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Organic Farming Apprenticeships Offered Through Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program

ATTRA - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:59
Related ATTRA Resource: Sustainable Farming Internships and ApprenticeshipsMontana Department of Agriculture has announced that Vilicus Farms recently launched two new organic agriculture apprenticeship programs in collaboration with the Montana…
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All-Electric Tractor Prototype Demonstrated by John Deere

ATTRA - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:33
John Deere is showcasing a new all-electric tractor prototype, reports Electrek. The tractor is fully powered by battery packs with 130 kWh of capacity, in a system called Sustainable Energy Supply for Agricultural Machinery. The vehicle is equipped…
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New SARE Handbook Explains Systems Research for Agriculture

ATTRA - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:37
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released Systems Research for Agriculture, a handbook that provides the theories and tools that researchers and producers need to design and conduct interdisciplinary systems research projects…
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USDA Issues Guidance on Materials for Organic Crop Production

ATTRA - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:26
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published final guidance on the Classification of Materials, and a list of Materials for Organic Crop Production. The guidance on Classification of Materials implements recommendations of the National…
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PFI Research Reports on Variety Trials of Tomatoes in High Tunnels

ATTRA - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:22
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Tomato ProductionPractical Farmers of Iowa has issued a four-page research report titled Determinate Tomato in High Tunnel, Variety Trial. The report focuses on replicated variety trials in high tunnels of two…
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NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife Adding 11 New Projects

ATTRA - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:50
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife, the agency's targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches, and working…
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Online Survey Development Tool Helps with Local Food System Evaluation

ATTRA - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:45
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Local Foods Program has developed Question Keeper, an online tool that allows users to quickly sort through a large database of field-tested local food system survey questions to build their own…
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CRP Grasslands to Protect More Than 500,000 Acres

ATTRA - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:40
USDA has announced that it will accept more than 2,100 offers for the CRP Grasslands program, totaling more than 504,000 acres across 34 states. Through this program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as…
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Study Validates Compost Use for Growing Substrate

ATTRA - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 08:20
Related ATTRA Publication: Potting Mixes for Certified Organic ProductionThe authors of a study in the September 2016 issue of HortScience studied the pH buffering capacity of substrates produced with compost and found that compost can be used to…
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Lamb Productivity Best Practices Fact Sheet Series Available Online

ATTRA - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:45
Related ATTRA Publication: Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal SelectionThe United States Lamb Resource Center has posted a series of fact sheets identifying best practices for U.S. producers to increase their lamb crops. A…
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Borderlands 'Restoration Economy' Project Protects Pollinators and Creates Jobs

ATTRA - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:22
A feature in Scientific American describes how Borderlands Restoration is creating a restoration economy in the Patagonia, Arizona, area. The low-profit limited liability company works with private landowners and federal land managers to assess missing…
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Climate Warming Predicted to Accelerate Soil Carbon Loss

ATTRA - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 16:13
A new study published in the journal Nature, based on 49 climate change experiments worldwide, found that warming will drive the loss of at least 55 trillion kilograms of carbon from the soil by mid-century, adding an additional 17% on top of the…
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Cornell Livestock Yield and Price Calculator Tool Available Online

ATTRA - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 17:00
Related ATTRA Publication: The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct MarketerCornell Cooperative Extension is making a Livestock Yield & Price Calculator available online. This tool helps the producer set prices for each marketing…
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