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Walmart Adopts Animal Welfare and Antibiotic-Use Positions

ATTRA - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:01
Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. have announced new positions around animal welfare and the responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals. Walmart has announced to suppliers that the company will not tolerate animal abuse, supports the globally…
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Field Study Shows How GM Crop Pest Resistance Diminishes

ATTRA - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:00
A new study from North Carolina State University and Clemson University finds that the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin in a widely used genetically modified (GM) crop is now having little impact on the crop pest called corn earworm. This result is…
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Comment Period for GE Potato Draft Environmental Documents Currently Open

ATTRA - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:40
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available for public comment a draft environmental assessment (EA) and preliminary plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) following a petition received…
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Farmers Market Pricing Study Shows Competitive Prices

ATTRA - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:32
A comparison of farmers market and grocery store prices in West Central Minnesota found that farmers market prices during peak growing season were highly competitive with regional grocery store prices. The average price of a produce-only market basket…
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Yale-Led Study Says Healthy Soil Helps Buffer Impacts of Global Warming

ATTRA - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:02
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers showed that a healthy and diverse soil community can buffer natural ecosystems against the damaging impacts of global warming.…
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USDA Begins Issuing Grass Fed Lamb and Goat Market Report

ATTRA - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:53
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service began releasing a new National Monthly Grass Fed Lamb and Goat Meat report through their USDA Market News service on May 13, 2015. Ed Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, noted in a blog…
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Tree Fruit Pest and Beneficial Insect Search Tool Online

ATTRA - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:14
Related ATTRA Publication: Apple Insect Pests Identification SheetA new search engine for tree fruit diseases, insect and mite pests, and beneficials is now online at the Michigan State University Integrated Pest Management website. Use this search by…
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Studying How to Make Pastures Productive and Sustainable

ATTRA - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:53
Related ATTRA Publication: Pastures: Going OrganicResearchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working with Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, to study how to make pastures as productive, nutritious, and…
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Task Force Releases Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health

ATTRA - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:32
The White House Pollinator Health Task Force has released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. In a blog post, the White House lists the three goals of the policy: reduce honey bee colony losses to…
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Payment Options Increase Farmers Market Purchases, Says Study

ATTRA - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:20
Related ATTRA Publication: Montana Farmers Market EBT ManualA study by Washington State University Researchers showed that farmers markets could increase customer purchases by accepting credit or debit cards and electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.…
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Growers Find Ways to Make CSAs Stand Out

ATTRA - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:42
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling through CSAs--Community Supported AgricultureThe number of farms offering produce through Community Supported Agriculture operations has boomed in recent years. Harvest Public Media reports on how some farmers…
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USDA Seeks Proposals on New Organic Promotion Order

ATTRA - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:03
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is inviting proposals or partial proposals from the public on a new industry-funded promotion, research and information order for organic products. On May 12, 2015, AMS received a proposal for an organic…
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USDA Announces Investment in Water Conservation, Resilience for Drought-Stricken States

ATTRA - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:16
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that it will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and long term effects of…
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Nomination Period for National Organic Standards Board Extended

ATTRA - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:07
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced an extension of the deadline for submitting nominations for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOSB is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice and recommendations to the…
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Feature Explores How Perennial-Grass Agriculture Could Help Reduce Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia

ATTRA - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:02
A feature article in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation considers how 40 years of effort and investment in conservation have failed to achieve nutrient control to prevent hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. The authors suggest that agriculture that…
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Southern SAWG Offering Food Hub Starter Kit Online

ATTRA - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 19:40
Southern SAWG is making available a new Food Hub Starter Kit for agricultural or business professionals, farmers or community members who are exploring the development of a food hub. The kit contains a short, annotated list of resources gathered from…
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Vineyards Practicing Sustainable Pest Management See Increase in Butterflies

ATTRA - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:27
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological ControlIn a recent Washington State University study published in the Journal of Insect Conservation, researchers found that vineyards that create nearby natural habitats have three times the…
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Ohio Farm Tour and Workshop Series for 2015 Announced

ATTRA - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:27
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is sponsoring 15 tours, nine workshops, a one-day Women Grow Ohio event, and a farm to table dinner as part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The series, which features…
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USDA Invests in Water Conservation, Quality for Ogallala Aquifer Region

ATTRA - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:20
USDA is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality. Funding will be targeted to seven priority areas to support their primary water source…
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Washington State University Extension Launches Drought Website

ATTRA - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:29
Related ATTRA Webinar: Drought Recovery Resources for TexasWashington State University Extension has launched a new drought website at On the site, farmers, ranchers, homeowners, foresters, and the general public can find…
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