Sustainable Ag News

New Publications Focus on Agroforestry and Pollinators

ATTRA - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 17:00
The National Agroforestry Center has developed three new publications that describe the role agroforestry can play in supporting pollinators. How can agroforestry help pollinators? is a two-page information sheet that highlights opportunities to…
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Plant Disease Images to Be Used in Smartphone App

ATTRA - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 16:54
Scientists from Penn State and EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, are releasing 50,000 open-access images of infected and healthy crops. These images will allow machine-learning experts to participate in a competition to develop algorithms…
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EPA Seeks to Withdraw Registration of Dow's Enlist Duo Herbicide

ATTRA - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:53
Reuters reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking court approval to withdraw registration of the Dow Chemical herbicide Enlist Duo. Enlist Duo combines 2,4-D with glyphosate and had been approved by EPA for use in several…
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Toolkit Provides Step-by-step Instructions for Starting a Local Food Organization

ATTRA - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:56
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture are making a new resource available, Iowa Local Food Organizational Toolkit: Structure, Management and Finance. Divided into three publications, the toolkit…
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UC Davis Pastured Poultry Farm a Living Research Laboratory

ATTRA - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:49
Related ATTRA Publication: Pastured Poultry: Egg ProductionUC Davis' Pastured Poultry Farm, launched in July, will be a research, outreach, and teaching laboratory for pastured poultry, reports The Davis Enterprise. The project began with an Eggmobile…
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Nimrod Family to Receive 2015 Farmland Owner Award from Practical Farmers of Iowa

ATTRA - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:31
Practical Farmers of Iowa’s board of directors is pleased to announce that Dale Nimrod, along with his siblings Faith Sherman and Vance Nimrod, are the 2015 winners of the Practical Farmers Farmland Owner Award. The Farmland Owner Award is given to…
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Vermont Organic Farmers Releases Videos and Brochure to Promote Organic Buying and Growing

ATTRA - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:20
Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) has developed a collection of outreach materials that explain and support the organic certification process, and promote organic products. The materials include a series of short videos for consumers that convey the…
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San Diego to Create Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones

ATTRA - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:04
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to proceed with creating urban agriculture incentive zones, reports the Times of San Diego. Owners who dedicate vacant, blighted, or unimproved land for farming use will be assessed at a lower property…
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Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Training Program Offered in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York

ATTRA - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 12:57
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension, and Holistic Management International are collaborating to offer The Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Training Program in New Hampshire and Vermont,…
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SARE Offers New Bulletin on Cover Cropping for Pollinators

ATTRA - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:51
SARE has released a new 16-page publication, Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects, available online or in print. The publication includes information on pollinator and beneficial insect ecology, including details on common cover crop…
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Cover Crops Have Potential to Make Farms Climate Resilient, Says New Report

ATTRA - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:41
A report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds cover crops can suck tons of carbon pollution from the air, significantly cut crop losses, and prevent the loss of a trillion gallons of water. The report says that planting cover…
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Fava Beans Evaluated as Dual-Purpose Crop for New England

ATTRA - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:30
Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has released a 3-minute video reporting on research on the potential for growing fava beans in New England. Fava beans have been identified as a dual-purpose crop that can be…
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New Organic Fact Sheets Available Online

ATTRA - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:58
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's National Organic Program has posted two new fact sheets to its website. Making the Transition to Organic Production & Handling provides an organized set of resources that help producers and handlers learn about…
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Professional Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

ATTRA - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:51
The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is now accepting applications for its new Professional Farmer Training (ProFarmer) Program. ProFarmer is a multi-year, residential training program for those with farming experience who aspire to obtain farm management…
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USDA Announces Grants to Socially Disadvantaged Groups

ATTRA - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:32
USDA has announced the award of $3 million for 19 grants to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged business groups in rural areas. USDA is making the grants available through the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program (formerly the…
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NRCS Releases Organic Farming Handbook

ATTRA - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:39
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released to its staffs the new National Organic Farming Handbook, which describes the things they need to consider when working with organic producers. The handbook describes organic systems and…
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Mississippi Grower Discovers Weed Control Benefits of Cover Crops

ATTRA - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 15:32
Related ATTRA Publication: Principles of Sustainable Weed Management for CroplandsA Mississippi grower of soybeans, peanuts, cotton, and corn has found that winter cover crops not only help build healthy soil, but also aid in controlling troublesome…
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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Offers $350 Million in Funding

ATTRA - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:12
USDA has announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands, and wetlands across the nation through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP provides financial and technical…
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USDA Announces Farm to School Program Grants

ATTRA - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:29
The USDA Farm to School Program will award $4.8 million in grants for 74 projects spanning 39 states that support efforts to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers and ranchers. USDA's Farm to School Grants fund school districts, state and…
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California Seeks Technical Review Committee Members for Specialty Crop Grants

ATTRA - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 17:24
California Department of Food and Agriculture welcomes volunteers with knowledge and expertise regarding the California specialty crop industry to serve as reviewers on the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Technical Review Committee. This…
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