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Organic Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force Reports to NOSB

ATTRA - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:57
In September of 2015, the AMS National Organic Program appointed 16 members to a task force to explore hydroponic and aquaponic production practices and their alignment with the USDA organic regulations and to prepare a report for the National Organic…
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Rapid Heating and Cooling of Milk Reduces Bacteria

ATTRA - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:48
A Purdue University study found that rapid heating and cooling of milk can reduce the amount of bacteria present and increase cold milk's shelf life. The low-temperature, short-time (LTST) method in the Purdue study raised the temperature of droplets of…
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Winter Wheat Cover Crop Can Reduce Nutrient Runoff

ATTRA - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:37
Scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture used a Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to model the water-quality effects of Tennessee corn and soybean growers adding an unfertilized winter wheat crop to their rotations. The…
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UC Santa Cruz to Host Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference

ATTRA - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:20
Nearly 400 agriculture educators, trainers, food system activists, farmers, cooks, and students of sustainable agriculture from around the country will gather at the University of California in Santa Cruz July 29-31 for the seventh national conference…
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'Made with Pulses' Seal Introduced

ATTRA - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:08
The Global Pulse Confederation has introduced the Pulse Brand and 'Made with Pulses' seal, offering an easy way to identify products made with pulse ingredients (dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas). The seal and brand are available to food…
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Australian Research Tracks Risk to Plants from Silver Nanoparticles in Soil

ATTRA - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:42
A study led by the University of Queensland in Australia has found that the risk to crops from silver nanoparticles in soil is higher in certain situations. Antimicrobial silver nanoparticles are used in a variety of household products and generally…
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Pushing the Definition of Community Supported Agriculture

ATTRA - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 20:23
Related ATTRA Publication: Community Supported AgricultureA feature in The New York Times explored the nuances of companies using the term "Community Supported Agriculture." Some food subscription and delivery companies call themselves CSAs, though the…
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Multispecies Pastures Studied for Forage Production

ATTRA - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:55
USDA-ARS researcher R. Howard Skinner has been studying ways to improve the amount of forage a pasture can grow. In a nine-year study, Skinner his team at Pennsylvania State University Hawbecker Farm compared paddocks planted with orchard grass and…
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Cornell Studies Show Benefits of Cover Crops for Vineyards

ATTRA - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:57
A series of studies by Cornell University researchers have revealed the benefits of cover crops for vineyards. Vineyards typically apply herbicides to keep ground below the grapevines bare, but planting cover crops beneath vines in cool and humid…
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Connecticut Guide on Planning for Agriculture Updated

ATTRA - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:45
American Farmland Trust has released an updated version of its educational guide, Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities. This publication, produced in partnership with Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is a resource…
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Data on U.S. Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops Released

ATTRA - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:41
USDA Economic Research Service has released updated data that summarizes the adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since their introduction in 1996. Tables with data for corn, cotton, and soybeans are available online, as well as a…
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Report Explores Sustainable Farming and Forestry in Maryland

ATTRA - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 10:54
A report commissioned by the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. sheds light on the current state of Maryland's agriculture and forestry industries and examines where they are headed and why. The Future of Sustainable Farming and Forestry in…
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Study Says Increasing Perennial Bioenergy Grasses Could Reduce Gulf Dead Zone

ATTRA - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:15
Related ATTRA Publication: Protecting Riparian Areas: Farmland Management StrategiesAn Iowa State University study published in Global Change Biology Bioenergy shows that an increase in perennial bioenergy grasses throughout the Corn Belt would lead to…
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Minnesota and Michigan Award Grants for Value Added Agriculture Projects

ATTRA - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 17:05
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that eight projects were awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. Projects will include expanding the Double Up Food Bucks program,…
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Alternatives for Insecticide-Free Stink Bug Control Studied

ATTRA - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 14:54
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & ResourcesUSDA Agricultural Research Service scientists have found three insecticide-free alternatives for native stink bug control in adjacent fields of peanuts and…
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Modeling Predicts Soil Carbon Storage for Bioenergy Crops

ATTRA - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 08:00
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict soil organic carbon increases from cultivation of biofuel crops. Researchers modeled soil carbon sequestration rates at 100 cm depth…
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Report Evaluates Potential for U.S. Biomass Production

ATTRA - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:28
Related ATTRA Publication: An Introduction to Bioenergy: Feedstocks, Processes, and ProductsThe U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, which concludes that the United States has the…
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Study Confirms that Buying Local Food Supports Local Economy

ATTRA - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:05
University of California Cooperative Extension has released a report on a study that measured the economic impact of local food marketing in the Sacramento Region. The study found that, for every dollar of sales, Sacramento Region producers engaged in…
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Agroforestry Lease Workbook Available Online

ATTRA - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 19:33
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Farm Leases and Contracts: Creating Smart, Effective DocumentsFarm Commons is offering a workbook for farmers and landowners who have a long-term vision for a piece of land and are willing to collaborate and commit to…
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Workbook Helps Resolve CSA Legal Issues

ATTRA - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 19:29
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling through CSAs - Community Supported AgricultureFarm Commons is making the Building a Legally Resilient CSA Program Workbook available free online. This workbook helps resolve the varied and unqiue legal issues…
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