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Integrating Sheep with Wheat Operation Diversifies Income, Enhances Sustainability

ATTRA - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:16
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing IncomeA Washington State University soil science doctoral student is working with Eastern Washington wheat farmers to document how integrated…
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USDA Accepting Comments on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

ATTRA - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:01
USDA is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. ACEP is a voluntary program created in the 2014 Farm…
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Grafting Helps Protect Crops from Verticillium Wilt

ATTRA - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:56
Researchers at Washington State University are developing a way to protect the state's watermelon crop from Verticillium wilt by grafting watermelon plants onto pumpkin, squash, and bottle gourd rootstock. The researchers are looking for grafting…
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USDA Announces Grants Awarded Through AFRI Foundational Program

ATTRA - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:46
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the award of nearly $14 million in grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Foundational Program. The four program areas in which grants were announced…
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Organic Farming Found to Support Diversity of Beneficial Insects

ATTRA - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:37
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological ControlThe Organic Center reports that a recent study published in the journal Landscape Ecology found greater diversity and amount of beneficial predator insects on organic farms. Researchers…
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Adding Carbon Helps Remediate Pesticide-Contaminated Soil and Water

ATTRA - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:25
The Finnish Environmental Institute reports that addition of carbon was found to be the most promising remediation method in the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with the pesticide atrazine. The conclusion was presented in research for a…
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USDA Creates Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network

ATTRA - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:20
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced the creation of the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network. This newly established network is designed to support and engage women across all areas of agriculture and to foster professional partnerships…
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Website Offers Vegetable Grafting Research Information

ATTRA - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:13
A project supported by the Specialty Crop Research Initiative of USDA NIFA has introduced an online Vegetable Grafting Research-Based Information Portal. The portal offers updates on results of research into vegetable grafting, a vegetable grafting…
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Fact Sheets on Bird Damage to Fruit Crops Issued

ATTRA - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:04
A multi-university Specialty Crop Research Initiative Project on limiting bird damage to fruit crops has released a set of fact sheets on the regional costs of bird damage to fruit crops and the benefits of bird management. There are five fact sheets…
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Sign-up Period for Conservation Stewardship Program Extended to March 13

ATTRA - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:43
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the sign-up period for the 2015 edition of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) until March 13, reports the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in…
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Technical Bulletin Focuses on Ecological Control of Insect Pests of Apples in Northeast

ATTRA - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:30
Related ATTRA Publication: Apple Insect Pests Identification SheetThe Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released a new online technical bulletin titled Ecological Management of Key Arthropod Pests in Northeast Apple…
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Preliminary Analysis Explores USDA Investment in Organic Agriculture Research

ATTRA - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:19
Since 2002, USDA has invested more than $142 million into 188 organic farming studies, successfully targeting issues of vital concern to organic farmers, according to a preliminary analysis conducted by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF).…
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USGS Study Shows Variance in Plant Vulnerability to Drought

ATTRA - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:54
A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study shows how plants' vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect them from…
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Study Explores How to Utilize Pasture Nutrition for Poultry

ATTRA - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:44
Related ATTRA Publication: Pastured-Raised Poultry NutritionA USDA-ARS Arkansas study funded by Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) looked at the various ways pasture can be used as a resource in ecological poultry…
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Natural Plant Chemicals Found to Reduce Bee Parasites

ATTRA - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:26
University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dartmouth College researchers report that in recent experiments, bumblebees infected with a common intestinal parasite had reduced parasite levels in their guts after seven days if the bees also consumed natural…
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Small Farmholders Holding Global Seed Diversity

ATTRA - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:01
As much as 75% of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by small farmholders working three to seven acres, according to the work of Penn State geographer Karl Zimmerer and his GeoSyntheSES colleagues. New census data from…
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Nutrient Runoff Mitigation Guide Recommends Conservation Based on Topography

ATTRA - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:45
Researchers with the Iowa Geological Survey, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Environmental Defense Fund have created a comprehensive nutrient runoff mitigation guide for farmland in both the Ohio and Upper Mississippi River Basins. The guide…
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New Mexico Report Examines Challenges to Local Food Procurement by Institutions

ATTRA - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:31
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling to Institutional MarketsFarm to Table and New Mexico State University have released The Power of Public Procurement: An Action Plan for Healthier Farms and People in New Mexico. This new report looks to…
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USDA Announces Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence

ATTRA - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 19:08
USDA has announced an agricultural coexistence workshop on March 12-13, 2015, at North Carolina State University. The objective of the workshop is to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss proposals for making coexistence more…
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eOrganic to Offer Live Broadcasts from Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

ATTRA - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 18:57
eOrganic will offer selected live online broadcasts from the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium to be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on February 25 and 26, 2015. This event will highlight research on organic farming systems, organic research in…
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