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Open Source Seed Initiative Releases 29 New Crop Varieties

ATTRA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:04
On April 17, the Via Campesina global day of action, the Open Source Seed Initiative held a launch event in Madison, Wisconsin, where activists and scientists announced the release of 29 new varieties of crop seed, reports National Public Radio. Plant br…
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Locavore Index Ranks States' Commitment to Local Food

ATTRA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:49
Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, has released its third annual Locavore Index, a state-by-state ranking of commitment to local foods. The 2014 Locavore Index incorporates four measures for which current data is availab…
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New Jersey Program Recognizes Farm to School Participants

ATTRA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:45
New Jersey Department of Agriculture has instituted a program to recognize schools and farmers who work together to ensure students have access to healthy Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables in their school cafeterias. Applications for the 2014-2015 Jerse…
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Marketing Course Offered Free, Online for Farmers

ATTRA - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:11
The Farmers Market Federation of New York and the NY Farm Viability Institute are cosponsoring Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success, an free, online course in marketing aimed at farmers. This program is funded by USDA SARE's NE Professional Developmen…
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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding for States

ATTRA - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:58
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants will be available to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers through research, programs t…
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Biological Controls Fight Weeds in New Zealand

ATTRA - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:51
The Horizons Regional Council reported that landowners in New Zealand have been successfully combating ragwort (Senecio jacobaeae) in pastures with three insect bio-control agents, according to Entomology Today. Instead of using pesticides, landowners in…
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Report Explores Fire Blight Control in Organic Fruit

ATTRA - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
The Organic Center is making a new Critical Issue Report available online. Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit offers grower lessons and emerging research for developing an integrated non-antibiotic fire blight control program in organic fruit.…
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FarmLogs Release Free Online Soil Maps

ATTRA - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:53
AgriView reports that FarmLogs, an agricultural tech startup that helps farmers leverage data to increase profitability, has released free online soil maps for every field in the United States. The color-coded soil maps overlay soil texture zones on sate…
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BirdReturns Program Paying Farmers for Bird Habitat

ATTRA - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:44
In California's Central Valley, the BirdReturns program is linking conservationists, bird watchers, and farmers in an effort to provide critical habitat on agricultural land for migrating birds, reports The New York Times. The program utilizes data from…
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Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform Develops Farmer Self Assessment

ATTRA - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:58
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative platform has released a Farmer Self Assessment tool designed for farmers to assess their sustainable agriculture practices in a way that is universally recognised by the food and drink industry, reports ClickGreen.…
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New Network Launches for Transitioning Farmers- Space Still Available

Oregon Tilth News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:34
Beginning in April, Oregon growers transitioning to organic production will have their own network for guidance and information. Oregon Tilth’s Transitioning Farmer Network will provide tools, training, and technical assistance for farmers in transition, and those adding organic acreage or diversifying production.
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Free Apps for Agriculture Featured

ATTRA - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:03
The Ag Marketing Resource Center has compiled an online list of efficient agriculture applications, 'apps,' that are available for free for smartphones. Many of these apps combine general information tools, like current news, weather forecasts, or financ…
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Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from Agriculture Rising, Warns UNFAO

ATTRA - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:29
Agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30% by 2050, according to new estimates from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The largest source of emissions within agriculture is en…
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USDA Economic Research Service Updates Organic Agriculture Information

ATTRA - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:16
Consumer demand for organically produced goods has shown double-digit growth for well over a decade, providing market incentives for U.S. farmers across a broad range of products, says USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). ERS has posted a section on Org…
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Leopold Center Awards Research and Demonstration Grants

ATTRA - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:03
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 24 innovative research and demonstration projects that will help Iowa farmers improve soil health, take advantage of opportunities related to local foods, and fine-tune alternative prac…
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Extension Helps Promote Agritourism in Florida

ATTRA - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:58
Related ATTRA Publication:Entertainment Farming and Agri-TourismPolk County Cooperative Extension Service in Florida has taken the lead in coordinating agritourism activities on small farms in the county, reports The Ledger. Extension is taking the lead…
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USDA Announces $19 Million for Beginning Farmer Grants

ATTRA - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:30
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Prog…
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Researchers Explore Restaurant Managers' Connection to Local Food

ATTRA - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:09
Related ATTRA Publication:Selling to RestaurantsResearchers at Penn State report in the International Journal of Hospitality Management that restaurant chefs and food purchasing managers who have bought local foods in the past are more likely to continue…
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Bacteriophage Treatment Could Reduce E.Coli, Research Shows

ATTRA - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:45
Treating food products with select bacteriophages - viruses that target and kill bacteria - could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a Purdue University study shows. An injection of bacteriophages - also known informally as "phages" - nearly…
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Farming for Improved Ecosystem Services Seen as Economically Feasible

ATTRA - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:24
By changing row-crop management practices in economically and environmentally stable ways, U.S. farms could contribute to improved water quality, biological diversity, pest suppression, and soil fertility while helping to stabilize the climate, according…
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