Sustainable Ag News

New Guide Available on Matched Savings Accounts for Beginning Farmers

ATTRA - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:36
A collaborative of 16 organizations has recently published their findings from a three-year beginning farmer financing project and best practices for how to start an agricultural Individual Development Account program in a new step-by-step manual: A Guid…
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Orion Magazine Profiles New, Youthful Farmers

ATTRA - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:29
An article in Orion magazine profiles a new demographic in agriculture: young, beginning farmers who are selecting farming as a career of choice, rather than inheriting the profession. Many of these new farmers have small-scale operations, and they bring…
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Toolkit Identifies USDA Assistance for Small and Mid-Sized Meat Producers

ATTRA - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:19
The USDA GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration) has released a new 24-page toolkit for use by small and mid-sized livestock and poultry producers. This toolkit highlights USDA resources for producer grants, loans, and technical…
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California Farm Achieves Certified Wildlife Friendly® Status

ATTRA - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:40
Madrone Coast Farm is the first farm in California to achieve Certified Wildlife Friendly® status in recognition of its wildlife stewardship practices, following an ISO-compliant third-party audit process. The farm raises heritage chickens, ducks, goats,…
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USDA and NFWF Partner in Gulf Restoration

ATTRA - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:29
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) have announced a new partnership that will provide additional support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts that oc…
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Good Food Org Guide Introduced

ATTRA - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 16:59
The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, have announced release of their first annual Good Food Org Guide. This Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the…
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USDA Climate Hubs Website Introduced

ATTRA - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:37
The new USDA Climate Hubs website provides a portal for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and others to find useful, practical information to help cope with the challenges and stressors caused by a changing climate. The site includes pages specific t…
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California Schedules Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Workshops

ATTRA - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:27
During the first two weeks of November, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will present four workshops and two webinars on the 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) competitive solicitation process. Workshops will feature…
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James Beard Leadership Award Winners Honored

ATTRA - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:10
The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2014 Leadership Award honorees. The JBF Leadership Awards spotlight the important and complex realms of sustainability, food access, and public health, raising awareness by celebrating the visionaries responsi…
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Agricultural and Food Law Consortium Formed, Surveying Stakeholders

ATTRA - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:02
Ohio State University Extension's Agricultural and Resource Law program has partnered with a group of universities in the creation of a new Agricultural and Food Law Consortium that will work to research regional and national agricultural law issues. The…
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Organic Trade Association Launches New Farmstead Membership Category

ATTRA - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:34
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has launched a new Farmstead Membership open to organic farmers whose annual income from organic sales is less than $250,000 and who have current membership in one of the farmer-driven organizations with which OTA's Fa…
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Leopold Center Publication Looks at Funding Opportunities in Local Foods

ATTRA - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:01
A new white paper from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture presents information about 31 federal, state, and private grant programs that are available as funding sources for development of local food systems. Funding Opportunities in Local Foo…
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Food System Policy Database Available Online

ATTRA - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:54
The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo has released a new Growing Food Connections Policy Database that will assist local governments as they work to broaden access to healthy food and help sustain local farms and food produ…
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Rural Cooperative Development Grants Announced by USDA

ATTRA - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:06
USDA has announced the selection of 43 organizations in 27 states for grants and loans through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas. Rural Cooperative Developme…
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NIFA Announces Award of Integrated Pest Management Grants

ATTRA - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:03
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced more than $16 million in grants to support research and extension activities addressing critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs. NIFA made the awards through the Crop Protection…
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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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