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Study Shows Most Retiring Farmers in New England Have No One to Take Over the Farm

ATTRA - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 06:56
A study released by American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Land For Good (LFG) says that nearly 30% of New England's farmers are likely to exit farming in the next 10+ years, and nine out of ten are farming without a young farmer alongside them. The…
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NRCS Funding Available for Measuring Water-Quality Impacts of Conservation Efforts

ATTRA - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 06:50
USDA has announced the availability of $2 million to help farmers install edge-of-field stations that monitor water quality as it leaves their fields, providing data to evaluate the success of various conservation efforts. Experts will monitor one where…
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Interactive Map Highlights Illinois Farmers' Conservation Successes

ATTRA - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 06:34
The conservation success stories of more than 50 Illinois farmers are featured in a new, interactive online map funded by the Illinois Corn Growers Association, the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, the Illinois Farm Bureau, American…
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ATTRAGRAM Photo Contest Invites Entries

ATTRA - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:59
As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the National Center for Appropriate Technology is sponsoring a photo contest celebrating the sustainable stewardship of the land. The contest opened April 22 and will close at 12 a.m. EDT on June 15. Amateur…
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SARE Releases Report from the Field

ATTRA - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:42
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) has released its 2015/2016 Report from the Field. The 20-page publication illustrates SARE partnerships that strengthen and sustain agriculture--collaborations that draw together researchers,…
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The FruitGuys Community Fund Announces Small Farm Sustainability Grants

ATTRA - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 11:35
The FruitGuys Community Fund has announced the 10 recipients of its 2016 small farm sustainability grants. More than $40,000 was awarded to farm projects that will help save bees, conserve water and energy, improve soil health, train future farmers, and…
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Wisconsin Develops Pollinator Protection Plan

ATTRA - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 17:08
Wisconsin's pollinator protection plan is now complete and available to gardeners, farmers, beekeepers, and open lands managers, announced Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). DATCP contracted with the University…
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Study Shows Growing Herbicide Resistance in Waterhemp

ATTRA - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 16:56
Related ATTRA Publication: Weed Management in Organic Small GrainsThe invasive broadleaf weed waterhemp has spread across the Midwest during the past quarter century, causing yield losses of 40 to 70% in corn and soybeans. University of Illinois…
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NASS Corrects 2014 Organic Survey Report

ATTRA - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 14:48
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) discovered a number of record-level errors in the 2014 Organic Survey. The errors impacted survey data originally released on September 17, 2015, for the following crops: apples, garlic, herbs,…
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FamilyFarmed Announces Direct Market Success Initiative

ATTRA - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 20:51
FamilyFarmed has announced Direct Market Success as the latest expansion of the organization's effort to train farmers across the United States and help them achieve sustainable success. Direct Market Success is a reference guide for farms selling in…
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Temple Grandin Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

ATTRA - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 20:40
Colorado State University professor of animal sciences Temple Grandin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences among new members announced April 20. CSU notes that Grandin is an internationally recognized leader in animal handling…
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Pollinator Conservation Videos Online

ATTRA - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 20:31
The Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate Minnesota have posted a series of videos from the People for Pollinators symposium held in March. The video titles include Pesticides and Pollinators: Can We Co-Exist, Pollinator Habitat on Farms, America's…
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Cornell Plans Stocker Cattle Initiative for Southern Tier of New York

ATTRA - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 16:23
Related ATTRA Publication: Dairy BeefCornell University received grant funding through the Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement program for an initiative to bring stocker beef cattle to the Southern Tier of New York. Raising stocker cattle…
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FDA Extends Comment Period Regarding Information on Use of Raw Manure as Fertilizer

ATTRA - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:52
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period for public input to assist FDA in its plan to develop a risk assessment evaluating the risk of human illness associated with the consumption of produce grown in fields on which…
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Natural Controls Keep Insect Pests in Check

ATTRA - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 15:46
Mexican researchers writing in Environmental Entomology reported on their study of a prickly pear field in Mexico where scale insects are controlled by natural predators. Coverage by Entomology Today says that the abundance of scale insects never…
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Sheep Tested for Terminating Cover Crops

ATTRA - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 19:00
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing IncomeThrough an Organic Transitions grant from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, scientists at Montana State University are…
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More Intensive Farming in Tropics Would Require Vast Amounts of Phosphorus

ATTRA - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:29
A study led by the University of Vermont and published in Nature Plants says that if tropical countries turn to intensive agriculture to raise more food, they will require vast amounts of mined phosphorus fertilizer. "In some parts of the tropics, for…
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Organic Grain and Feedstuffs Market Report Published

ATTRA - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:08
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry, and Grain (LPG) Market News recently published the National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs report. Published bi-weekly, this report provides organic price information at the farm gate and on a…
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Crowdfunding Helps Farmers Raise Money and Build Customer Base

ATTRA - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 21:43
Online crowdfunding campaigns are helping farmers access capital to expand and improve their businesses, reports The Guardian. Crowdfunding has helped farmers who weren't able to get traditional bank loans. What's more, using this strategy for raising…
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Climate Resilient Farming Grants Awarded in New York

ATTRA - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 21:19
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the award of $1.4 million for the Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture-related activities and increase the resiliency of New York State farms. Grants will…
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