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Organic Regulations and Handbook Now Available in Spanish

ATTRA - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:11
Related ATTRA Publication:El Proceso de la Certificación OrgánicaThe National Organic Program is now providing Spanish versions of the USDA organic regulations and program handbook. The Spanish versions will make it easier for Spanish speaking farmers, h…
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Farm to School Webinar Series Announced

ATTRA - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:57
USDA Farm to School program will present a biweekly 11-part webinar series beginning in January 2015, on building farm to school skills and developing new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom. Topics will include building a team, menu p…
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Leopold Center Releases Latest Research Results

ATTRA - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:48
Summaries of seven recently competed competitive grant projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Among the research topics were phosphorus in beef cattle manure, soil quality in alternative c…
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USDA Announces Proposed Expansion of the Organic Assessment Exemption

ATTRA - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:14
USDA is proposing expanding the organic exemption from assessments under various commodity promotion programs administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). This action would apply the exemption from assessments to producers, handlers, markete…
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Poll Shows Utah Residents' Concern for Local Agriculture

ATTRA - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 18:49
A poll by the group Envision Utah showed that two-thirds of Utah residents say that farming and ranching are critical to the state, but they are concerned about the future of agriculture in the state as the population grows, according to a report in the…
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USDA Issues EIS on Dicamba-Tolerant Soy and Cotton

ATTRA - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 18:30
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on varieties of cotton and soybeans that have been genetically engineered for resistance to several herbicides, including the one known as d…
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USDA Seeks Comment on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Feral Swine Damage Management

ATTRA - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 18:04
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced a 45-day public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the APHIS Feral Swine Damage Management Program. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) evaluat…
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Oregon Study Reveals Economic Impact of Invasive Noxious Weeds

ATTRA - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:24
A newly released economic impact study shows that 25 of Oregon's most significant invasive noxious weeds cause an estimated annual loss of about $83.5 million to the state's economy. The study, Economic Impact From Selected Noxious Weeds in Oregon, was p…
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NOFA Vermont Offers Workshop Series on Human Resources for Farmers

ATTRA - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:03
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), in partnership with Vermont Technical College's Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems (VTC), will be launching a new winter workshop series related to human resources and labor…
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Study Explores Mulch Impact on Pollination in Squash

ATTRA - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:39
Related ATTRA Publication:Organic Pumpkin and Winter Squash Marketing and ProductionResearch by The Ohio State University, published in HortTechnology, examined the effect that different mulches can have on squash bees that are pollinators of squash, pum…
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Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Providing More Help for Specialty Growers and New Farmers

ATTRA - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:21
USDA has announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. New options created by the 2014 Farm Bill provide greater cover…
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Southern Survey on Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture Seeking Participants

ATTRA - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:53
The University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies and Delta Land & Community, Inc. are conducting an online survey of agricultural producers, businesses, and resource professionals. They are hoping to have input from across the South, to h…
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USDA Seeks Public Comment on New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

ATTRA - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:00
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA's largest conservation programs. Highlights of program changes in this rule include the following:…
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Livestock Conservancy Launches Heritage Breeds Podcast Series

ATTRA - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:59
The Livestock Conservancy has launched a new podcast series, "Heritage Breeds," that introduces people to heritage breeds and breeders and shares the history and importance of saving each animal from extinction. The free podcasts can be downloaded indivi…
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Researchers Develop Organic Strawberry Disease Control

ATTRA - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:46
The Organic Farming Research Foundation reports that its research partners at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) have developed an effective, organic system for fighting verticillium wilt in strawberries. Researchers at UCSC received special…
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Study Shows Organic Agriculture Closing Yield Gap

ATTRA - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:27
A systematic overview of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could…
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Arizona Winery Implements Solar Power

ATTRA - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:18
Related ATTRA Publication:Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm Page Springs Cellars and Vineyards in Cornville, Arizona, has become the first winery in the state to use solar power to create wine, reports Western Farm Press. The 92.8-kilowatt solar…
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Kentucky Accepting Applications for Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects

ATTRA - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:51
Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from Kentucky farmers and processors interested in participating in the 2015 round of industrial hemp pilot projects. "The first round of pilot projects with the universities and individual fa…
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California Producers Explore Value-Added Options

ATTRA - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:25
Related ATTRA Publication:Adding Value to Farm Products: An OverviewUniversity of California Cooperative Extension recently hosted an event that gathered farmers, food artisans, agricultural support organizations and agency representatives to share ideas…
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Decision Tool Helps Corn Growers Manage Nitrogen Applications

ATTRA - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:39
The Purdue University-led Useful to Usable climate initiative is offering a new online tool to help farmers and farm advisers better manage the application of nitrogen fertilizer for maximum crop yields and minimum environmental damage. The free tool, ca…
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