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Crop Rotation Improves Yield, Decreases Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

ATTRA - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 09:36
A long-term study by scientists at the University of Illinois has shown that rotating crops increases yield and lowers greenhouse-gas emissions compared to continuous corn or soybean. This study tested emissions from fields that had been maintained for…
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Publication Reports on Farmer-Led Research

ATTRA - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 07:36
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) has released 2017 Cooperators' Program Year in Review. This 20-page publication available online in PDF highlights field-crop, horticulture, and livestock research designed and conducted by PFI farmers. It includes…
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Farm Aid Introduces Farm Bill Hub

ATTRA - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 07:23
Farm Aid has introduced a new online resource to help people understand what's actually in the complicated and expensive Farm Bill and take action for a Bill that benefits all of us. The Farm Bill Hub includes "A Farm Bill 101," which lays out the past,…
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Scientists Call for Stricter Approval Procedures for Pesticides

ATTRA - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:15
The Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences has published a discussion paper titled "The Silent Spring--On the need for sustainable plant protection," in which the authors call for more comprehensive approval procedures for pesticides to better…
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Honey Bee Colony Losses Increase

ATTRA - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:18
The twelfth annual survey of managed honey bee colony losses in the United States by the Bee Informed Partnership showed that during the 2017-2018 winter, an estimated 30.7% of managed colonies in the United States were lost. This represents an increase…
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Multi-State Survey to Study Consumer Preferences for Local Food

ATTRA - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:09
The Farmers Market Federation of NY, partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, NOFA VT, Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA) in Massachusetts, the Maryland Farmers Market Association, and University of Maryland…
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Livestock Growers Test Natural Fly Controls

ATTRA - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 21:26
Related ATTRA Publication: Dung Beetle Benefits in the Pasture EcosystemSouth Dakota cattle and sheep producers collaborated with funding from North Central SARE to test various natural methods of fly control, reports Successful Farming. Producer Linda…
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Florida Research Finds Flowering Plants Benefit Strawberries

ATTRA - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:57
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & ResourcesWorking under a Southern SARE grant, researchers at the University of Florida tested whether wildflower plantings adjacent to strawberry fields would…
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Video Emphasizes Recovery Period in Grazing Cycle

ATTRA - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:52
Related ATTRA Publication: Grazier's One-Stop Resource PacketA seven-minute video with Dave Pratt, of Ranch Management Consultants, explains how moving stock through a grazing rotation prematurely results in a cumulative shortening of recovery periods…
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Probiotic Helps Mitigate Methane and Prevent Nitrite Poisoning in Cattle

ATTRA - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:57
Researchers from Texas A&M and USDA have developed a probiotic treatment that not only protects cattle from nitrite poisoning but can also mitigate methane emissions from ruminants. The new probiotic is on its way to commercialization. According to…
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Grassland Productivity Forecast Debuts for Northern Great Plains

ATTRA - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:40
Related ATTRA Publication: Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing ManagementA collaboration between USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), Colorado State University, and the University of Arizona has developed…
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Seed-Saving Training Offered for Agriculture Professionals

ATTRA - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:31
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA) is introducing Seed School Teacher Training for Agricultural Professionals in the Mountain West and Western SARE Region. Cooperative extension agents, National Resources Conservation Service staff, and others whose…
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Organic Industry Survey Shows Steady Growth

ATTRA - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:05
The Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Industry Survey shows that organic sales in the United States totaled a new record of $49.4 billion in 2017, up 6.4% from the previous year. The organic food market rose to $45.2 billion in sales, also an…
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Dairy Sustainability Award Winners Announced

ATTRA - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 20:57
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced its seventh annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses, and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals, and the planet.…
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Nominations Invited for Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture

ATTRA - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:23
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is inviting nominations for the 2018 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. This annual award recognizes researchers, teachers, and farmers who have contributed significantly to the environmental and…
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Research Explores Legumes' Role in Sustainable Agriculture

ATTRA - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:31
An international team of researchers has been exploring the role that legumes can play in sustainable agriculture. Australia's Swinburne University professor Mark Adams says that growing more legumes in place of cereal grains will use less nitrogen…
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Grower Reflects on Efficiencies of Wholesale

ATTRA - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:01
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Scaling Up for Regional MarketsIn a feature in Organic Broadcaster, Wisconsin farmer Ariel Pressman discusses why he moved from Community Supported Agriculture and farmers markets to supplying the wholesale market with his…
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Montana Harvest of the Month Program Expands to Early Care and Education Programs and Healthcare Institutions

ATTRA - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:00
The Montana Harvest of the Month (HOM) program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools, institutions, and communities. Each month, participating programs focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in at least…
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Study Reveals Job-Creation Role of Native Predators

ATTRA - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:55
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological ControlResearchers at Michigan State University conducted a study that measured the job-creation value of ecosystem services provided by American kestrels. This small avian predator helps…
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Soil Health Institute Requests Applications for Soil Health Measurement Evaluation Project

ATTRA - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:52
The Soil Health Institute invites applications to participate in a coordinated, continental-scale evaluation of soil health measurements and their relationships with yield, economics, and ecosystem services. Applications are sought from individuals and…
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