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Author Discusses Resilient Agriculture for a Changing Climate

ATTRA - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 20:01
Mother Nature Network interviewed Dr. Laura Lengnick, author of the forthcoming book Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate about what a sustainable food system might look like. Lengnick discusses how the concept of…
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Iowa Study Finds Swine Farmers at Higher Risk for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

ATTRA - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 19:35
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Iowa, Kent State University, and the National Cancer Institute found that swine farmers were more likely than members of the general community to carry multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.…
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Missouri Pasture-Based Dairy Program Accomplished Goals

ATTRA - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:22
Related ATTRA Publication: Raising Dairy Heifers on PastureThe pasture-based dairy at the the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center has accomplished all of the goals it set out in 1999 as a demonstration dairy, and will sell its dairy…
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National Heritage Breeds Week Planned

ATTRA - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 15:39
The first annual National Heritage Breeds Week sponsored by The Livestock Conservancy will be held May 17-23, 2015, across the United States to raise awareness about nearly 200 endangered heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. A national campaign…
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Report Explores Potential Linkages Between High Tunnels and Farm to School

ATTRA - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:55
Related ATTRA Video: Hoop Houses For Extending Your Growing SeasonA new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy explores how high tunnels can help growers extend their growing seasons to more effectively serve the farm to school…
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How-To Videos Help Stone-Fruit Growers Monitor Pests

ATTRA - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:17
Related ATTRA Publication: Peach Insect Pests Identification SheetUniversity of California IPM teamed up with UC farm advisors to develop a series of short, how-to videos that can help stone-fruit growers and pest control advisers monitor for pests and…
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First-Year Sales of Whole Farm Revenue Insurance Reported

ATTRA - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:04
Related ATTRA Publication: Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic FarmersThe National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has reported on sales figures for Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance during the first year of its…
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North Central Region SARE Announces Grant Recipients

ATTRA - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:35
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) has announced the projects recommended for funding for its Farmer Rancher, Youth Educator, and Partnership competitive grant programs in 2015. In all, more than 70…
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New Appointments Made to University of Minnesota Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems

ATTRA - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:02
The University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences has announced the appointment of three people to its Endowed Chair in Agriculture Systems, reports The chair is a rotating, variable-length position…
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Online Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Production Course Offered

ATTRA - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 06:38
As part of its series of Online Pesticide Applicator License Re-Certification Courses, Penton Agriculture/Western Farm Press is offering a free continuing education course on sustainable organic farming practices and cultural and biological pest…
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USDA Invites Comment on Proposed Rule for Transitioning Dairy Animals to Organic Production

ATTRA - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:50
Related ATTRA Publication: Guide for Organic Livestock Producers USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to clarify the requirements for the transition of dairy animals into organic production. The proposed rule…
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Kerr Center Shares Experience with Cover Crops as Beneficial Insect Habitat

ATTRA - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:42
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological ControlThe Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has released a new publication titled Cover Crops as Beneficial Insect Habitats: Observations from a Demonstration Organic Market Farm. This…
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USDA ERS Examines Farm and Food Impacts of California Drought

ATTRA - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:29
USDA Economic Research Service has updated its website to describe the situation and potential implications of the current drought for California farms, crop and livestock production, and consumer food prices. Based on ERS and other USDA reports and…
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Pollinator Habitat Publications Released by Kerr Center

ATTRA - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:47
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has released two new publications dealing with pollinator habitat. Native Plants for Native Pollinators in Oklahoma is a full-color guidebook that provides information on 38 native plants and the pollinators…
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Online Farmers Market Food Safety Training Offered through Iowa State University Extension

ATTRA - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:32
Four new online food safety training modules are being offered to farmers market managers and vendors through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The modules have been designed to provide science-based information on safe food production and…
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National Organic Program Releases Strategic Plan

ATTRA - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 19:11
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and the National Organic Program (NOP) have released the NOP 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. The 9-page document includes information about the AMS vision, mission, and strategic goals; the NOP organization and activities;…
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USDA Announces Plans to Partner with Farmers and Ranchers to Address Climate Change

ATTRA - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:05
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced comprehensive approach to partnering with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. Building on the creation of USDA's Climate Hubs last year, the new initiatives will utilize voluntary,…
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Food Security Grants Awarded Under NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

ATTRA - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 14:56
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's announced three grants through National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)'s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The awards are designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to…
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Improved Abundant Montana Local Food Directory Launched

ATTRA - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:47
The Alternative Energy Resources Organization has launched a new and improved Abundant Montana Directory, Montana’s premier directory to locally and sustainably produced food and farm products. Partnering with the Community Food and Agriculture…
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New Planning Tool to Help Transitioning Organic Farmers Save on Paperwork

ATTRA - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 19:55
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic System Plan Template for Crop and/or Livestock ProductionThe AMS National Organic Program (NOP) and NRCS have collaborated to provide producers working with NRCS on a Conservation Activity Plan 138 (CAP 138) with a new…
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