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Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Farmers Guild to Merge

ATTRA - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:33
Two California organizations, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild, have announced that they will merge. CAFF has been working with and advocating for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture for nearly 40…
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Pilot Program to Accredit Certifiers for American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture

ATTRA - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:28
Leonardo Academy Inc has signed an agreement with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to accredit certifiers for ANSI/LEO-4000, the American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture. ANSI has launched a Pilot Accreditation Program for…
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Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture Recipients Announced

ATTRA - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:10
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has announced that the winners of the annual Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture are David and Corrine Williams and Tom Kaspar. David and Corrine Williams are operating a sixth-generation Heritage…
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CRP Grasslands Enrollment Meets Small-Scale Goal

ATTRA - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 16:06
USDA has announced that it will accept more than 300,000 acres in 43 states for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment ranking period that closed on December 16, 2016. This enrollment period included for the first time a CRP…
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Australian Research Predicts How Soil Organic Carbon to Be Altered by Climage Change

ATTRA - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 18:30
Australian researchers used 12 climate change models to predict how soil organic carbon levels vary with climate change, reports the American Society of Agronomy. Although a majority of the models showed a decline in soil carbon levels with climate…
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Practical Farmers of Iowa Announces Winter Farminar Line-up

ATTRA - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 17:55
Practical Farmers of Iowa has announced the schedule for its weekly series of webinars, beginning January 17 and running each Tuesday, from 7-8:30 p.m. CST, through March 14. Featured topics span a wide range of farming enterprises, and are geared…
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FSA Bridges to Opportunity Expands Nationwide

ATTRA - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:28
USDA Farm Service Agency is expanding its Bridges to Opportunity program nationwide. Bridges to Opportunity provides a one-stop shop that connects producers with resources, programs, and educational services offered across the department, as well as…
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USDA Reports on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol

ATTRA - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:01
A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol, a new report from USDA, finds that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with corn-based ethanol in the United States are about 43% lower than gasoline when measured on an…
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Montana Local Food Summit Action Plan Summary Posted

ATTRA - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:35
The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition has published an executive summary of the action plans developed by the five topical tracks at the Governor's Local Food and Agriculture Summit held in October 2016. Each track developed various action plans…
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Guide to Animal Welfare Certifications Offered

ATTRA - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 17:17
ASPCA partnered with Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems to create a new tool for farmers, the Farm Animal Welfare Certification Guide. The guide is designed to help farmers raising animals--as well as food companies, restaurant…
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USDA Offers Accreditation Program for Transitional Organic Products

ATTRA - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 17:05
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from existing organic-accredited certifying agents (ACAs) to certify agricultural products as "Transitional." AMS will utilize a standard for transitional agricultural products that…
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Apply to Become a FoodCorps Service Member

ATTRA - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 16:21
The application for joining the FoodCorps cohort for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids in seventeen states and Washington, D.C. to healthy food in school through food and nutrition…
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Online Resources Help New England Farmers with Employment Laws

ATTRA - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:52
Related ATTRA Publication: Case Studies and Fact Sheets for Labor Laws on California Small FarmsFarm Commons has released a series of free online resources for farmers in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. Versions of each resource are available…
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Rodale Institute Reports on Weed Control Trials with Perennial Understory

ATTRA - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:36
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & ResourcesThe Rodale Institute has posted a report on its project "Plants Protecting Plants: Removing Weed Habitat and Improving Crop Health Through the Use of…
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Protocol Helps Value-Added Producers Research Market Readiness

ATTRA - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 15:30
Related ATTRA Publication: Adding Value to Farm Products: An OverviewOregon State University Food Innovation Center has posted a free Market Research for Market Readiness (MKTRD) Protocol designed to help entrepreneurial food makers and value-added…
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Participate in the 2017 National Young Farmers Survey

ATTRA - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:43
The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) has launched a national survey of beginning and aspiring farmers to assess their current needs and challenges. The survey's goal is to gather detailed data from thousands of young farmers and ranchers across…
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Rathmann Challenge Focuses on Mitigating Climate Change through Compost Use

ATTRA - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:36
Offered biennially, the Rathmann Challenge rotates through various funding areas: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment; Health; Human Services; International Aid; Public Affairs; Technology; and Science. The Rathmann Challenge recipient receives…
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Report Offers Evidence to Support Healthy Placemaking Initiatives

ATTRA - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:23
Related ATTRA Publications: Community Gardening and Community OrchardsProject for Public Spaces has released The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking. The report offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and numerous case…
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Grazing Charts for 2017 Available Online

ATTRA - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 10:23
Related ATTRA Publication: Grazing Calculator: Extended Cow Calf PairOn Pasture is making available free grazing charts for 2017 from Troy Bishopp. Several versions of the charts are available, for operations with varying numbers of paddocks, and for…
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Agroforestry Webinar Series Available Online

ATTRA - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 10:11
Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An OverviewA four-webinar series on Agroforestry, held during the past several months by Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry, is now available for viewing online. The sessions include "Agroforestry Opportunities…
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