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Kentucky to Honor Local Food Heroes

ATTRA - 7 hours 10 min ago
Three Kentucky farmers voted as the Commonwealth's Local Food Heroes for 2013 will be honored at the inaugural Local Food Heroes Farm to Table Dinner August 18. Ramsi Kamar of Louisville, Michael Lewis of Berea, and Clay Turner of Russellville were selec…
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Landowner Guide to Pollinator-Friendly Practices Released

ATTRA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:20
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released a Farmer and Landowner Guide to Pollinators and Neonicotinoids in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network. This guide provides current research pointing to some of the major causes of pollin…
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California Agriculture Issue Highlights Water Efficiency Research

ATTRA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:14
Related ATTRA Resource:Water Quality, Conservation, Drought and Irrigation The July–September 2014 issue of California Agriculture presents a special collection of original University of California research on water efficiency. The issue reports on resea…
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Virginia Launches Resource Management Planning Program

ATTRA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:01
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation has begun a Resource Management Planning program. Under the program, farm owners and operators work with a certified developer to create a plan for crop, hay, or pasture land uses. All RMPs must contai…
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National Farmers Market Week Set for August 3-9

ATTRA - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:42
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3-9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. T…
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Rodale Institute Welcomes New Chief Scientist

ATTRA - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:31
Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, has announced that Dr. Kristine Nichols began July 7 as its new Chief Scientist. Dr. Nichols is a leader in the study of soil biology, particularly myco…
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USDA Requests Applications for Local Fruit and Vegetable Pilot

ATTRA - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:26
USDA has announced the release of a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Under the pilot, up to eight states across fi…
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New Manual Helps Fruit and Vegetable Growers with Machinery Sharing

ATTRA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:19
A new manual from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Machinery Sharing Manual for Fruit and Vegetable Growers, discusses operational and organizational issues related to sharing specialized fa…
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Rural Opportunity Investment Conference to Convene

ATTRA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:11
The White House Rural Council will host the inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment conference July 23 and 24 in Washington to promote potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. Top leaders from the business community and fina…
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New England Food Policy Webinars Planned

ATTRA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:05
A series of webinars will be held from July through October on the New England Food Policy report. Each webinar will focus on a particular topic from individual chapters of the report. The chapter author(s) will be joined by other topic experts. The one-…
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USDA Announces Organic Certification Cost-Share Funding

ATTRA - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:51
USDA has announced that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance. The certification assistance is distributed through two programs within the Agricultural Marketing Service. Through t…
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Local Food System Project Releases Interactive Online Map

ATTRA - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:39
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) have released an interactive online local food system map as part of the CONNECT Our Future three-year i…
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California Study Shows Community Gardens Can Lower Produce Costs

ATTRA - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:29
"Vegetable output and cost savings of community gardens in San Jose, California," University of California research published in the July edition of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shows gardeners can save money by growing their own ve…
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Program for Women Beginning Farmers in the Northeast Accepting Applications

ATTRA - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:08
Holistic Management International (HMI) offers its program "Beginning Farmers and Ranchers: Women in the Northeast" for beginning women farmers and ranchers with less than 10 years of experience. Applications are currently being accepted for the program…
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Agritourism Finding Opportunities, Challenges

ATTRA - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:58
Related ATTRA Publication:Entertainment Farming and Agri-Tourism Agritourism is growing in popularity, reports High Plains Public Radio, with more people wanting to connect with the rural life and food production, even as states vie for increased tourism…
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Study Links Bird Population Declines with Neonicotinoid Concentrations

ATTRA - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:50
A letter in the journal Nature reports on a study in the Netherlands that showed insectivorous bird populations showed greater decline in areas with higher surface-water concentrations of the most widely used neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid. The…
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Organic Sector Encourages Provinces to Adopt National Organic Rules

Organic Trade Association - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:18

Contact: Matthew Holmes, Executive Director
, Canada Organic Trade Association
, (613) 482-1717

French version: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1387291/le-secteur-des-produits-biologiques-encourage-l-adoption-de-regles-nationales-par-les-provinces)

OTTAWA, July 15, 2014 The Canada Organic Trade Association is congratulating the Province of New Brunswick on new organic regulations announced in June. The new rules ensure products sold as organic in the province meet strict national standards. New Brunswick joins Quebec and Manitoba as the only provinces that have adopted Canada's national organic regime.

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Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit Available

ATTRA - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:50
Colorado Farm to School Task Force and Spark Policy Institute have created the Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit, a resource to help farm to school programs of all sizes, in all states, undertake evaluation. The online toolkit will walk users through eac…
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Listyourharvest.com Launches Online Marketplace Website for Local Products

ATTRA - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:44
List Your Harvest, Inc. has announced the launch of its website, listyourharvest.com, which is providing an online marketplace where anyone can post the fresh local food products they are selling exactly when they are available. The website offers local…
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Conclusive study finds big nutritional benefits for organic

Organic Trade Association - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:13

Study reinforces what millions of consumers already know: organic makes a difference

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) – A major new study from the United Kingdom finds conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put to rest any doubts about the benefits of organic, said the lead scientist of The Organic Center in responding to the landmark study.

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