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Grant Workshops Offered for Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

ATTRA - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:14
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture have announced a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant…
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Animal Welfare Approved Introduces 'Certified Grassfed' Label

ATTRA - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:05
Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) has announced the availability of a new standard and label for 100% grassfed meat. The Certified Grassfed label guarantees that food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture…
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Michigan State University Starts Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

ATTRA - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:54
Michigan State University (MSU) is inviting beginning producers and others with basic information needs to participate in a series of twenty online programs addressing crop and livestock production, pest management, and marketing. The two-hour webinars…
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Sowing Patterns, Crop Density Aid in Weed Control

ATTRA - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:27
Research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that weed control can be conducted more sustainably by adjusting sowing patterns and crop density. Research studies performed in Danish wheat fields, together with recent studies in Colombian…
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Compost Additions to Grazing Land Approved as Carbon-Sequestration Methodology

ATTRA - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:43
The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a non-profit enterprise of Winrock International, has approved a voluntary methodology for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions from Compost Additions to Grazed Grasslands. This methodology accounts for the carbon…
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PASA Announces Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Awards

ATTRA - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:28
Dave Mortensen, Professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology at Penn State University, and Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living are being honored as leaders in sustainability by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture…
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Report Says Midwest Agriculture at Risk from Climate Change

ATTRA - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:39
The Midwestern United States faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous levels of heat in many of its largest cities, if climate change continues unabated, according to a new report released by the Risky Business Project.…
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Biological Controls Stabilized by Systems Approach

ATTRA - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:49
A new study from University of Michigan researchers suggests that intraguild predation, or competition between different biological controls, strengthens and stabilizes biological control systems. "Competition between control agents may actually help…
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NOP Issues Memo on Confinement of Poultry Flocks Due to Avian Influenza

ATTRA - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:33
With cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in wild birds in the Pacific flyway and impacting backyard poultry flocks, USDA's National Organic Program has issued a memo on confinement of organic poultry flocks due to potential outbreaks of…
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Missouri Research Center Tests Baled Switchgrass as Heating Fuel

ATTRA - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:10
Related ATTRA Publication: Switchgrass as a Bioenergy CropThe University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center has been burning round bales of switchgrass this winter in the furnace that heats the unit's administration building. Evaluation showed that…
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Maryland Reports Record Cover Crop Planting

ATTRA - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:24
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced that Maryland farmers participating in the department's 2014-2015 Cover Crop Program planted a record 478,000 acres of cover crops on their fields last fall. The total was up from the previous…
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Alyssum Intercropping with Lettuce Provides Pest Control

ATTRA - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:08
Related ATTRA Publication: Specialty Lettuce & Greens: Organic ProductionThe Organic Farming Research Foundation reported on the work of USDA researcher Dr. Eric Brennan, who has developed an "additive intercropping" technique that allows lettuce…
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Canadian Research Shows More Diverse Crop Rotations Improve Soil Health

ATTRA - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:47
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada biologist Brian Beres recently reported on the results of multi-year research into diverse crop rotations on soil health and crop yields, according to Alberta Farmer. Research underway since 2008 revealed that yield was…
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Maps Total Global Cropland, Measure Field Size

ATTRA - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:16
Two new maps of the world provide insight into the amount of land used for crops globally, says Live Science. To create the maps, information from satellite images, regional maps, video and geotagged photos was compiled by volunteers in a crowdsourced,…
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Minnesota Produce Growers Surveyed on 'Seconds' Market

ATTRA - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:29
A new initiative is seeking input from Minnesota produce growers about cosmetically imperfect "seconds" and their interest in generating a return for them through a potential market with colleges and universities. This project is supported by the USDA…
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Israeli Research Shows Encouraging Birds of Prey Reduces Rodenticide Use

ATTRA - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:42
An eight-year project in Israel encouraged farmers to use birds of prey – mainly barn owls and kestrels – to control pest populations, instead of using commercial pesticides. The project placed more than 3,000 nesting boxes in farming areas to encourage…
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California Strawberry Growers Consider Methyl Bromide Alternatives

ATTRA - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:03
With the use of strawberry fumigant methyl bromide due to be phased out during the next two years, California strawberry growers are looking to alternatives to keep their fields disease free, reports Civil Eats. Chemical alternatives such as methyl…
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Federal Court Rules Manure Can Be Regulated as Solid Waste

ATTRA - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:53
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, reports Reuters. Judge Thomas Rice ruled that Cow Palace Dairy polluted ground water by…
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Report Details Opportunities For Agricultural Businesses To Grow Northeast Regional Economies

ATTRA - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:00
Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) recently released the report Creating Job Growth in Agriculture and Food Production: Opportunities and Realities. The report details factors that influence and are influenced by the food and agriculture…
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Farmer Guild Seeks to Provide Local Grain for Los Angeles

ATTRA - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 14:05
Related ATTRA Publication: Grain Processing: Adding Value to Farm ProductsAn ad hoc guild of farmers in Kern and Santa Barbara counties is working to create a local grain hub that would produce and supply grain for Los Angeles, reports The Los Angeles…
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