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USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies

ATTRA - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:02
USDA has announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five grant programs. The grants come through the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) Farmers Market Promotion Progr…
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Wisconsin Extension Offers Online Soil Health Courses

ATTRA - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:48
Related ATTRA Video:Cover Crop Uses for Small-Scale ProducersThe University of Wisconsin-Extension's Conservation Professional Training Program, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is offering a suite of new online soil health…
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USDA Closes Investigation into Oregon GE Wheat; Opens Montana Investigation

ATTRA - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:31
USDA Animal andPlant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has concluded that the presence of GE wheat found growing on a single farm in Oregon in 2013 appears to be an isolated incident. APHIS closed the investigation after exhausting all leads. APHIS has…
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Southern SARE Announces Funded Projects for the 2014 Graduate Student Grants

ATTRA - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:52
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program has announced the funded projects for its 2014 Graduate Student Grants program. The SSARE Administrative Council recently funded 13 projects totaling $129,765. The Graduate Stu…
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Organic social media festival reaches more than 15 million consumers

Organic Trade Association - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:37

Success of OTA event demonstrates huge interest in organic

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 26, 2014) –A mom shared a picture of her toddler watering their organic vegetable garden, a college student asked about the stringency of organic standards, a diabetic adhering to a gluten-free diet appreciated the organic recipes and an influential Capitol Hill reporter tweeted to her thousands of followers about Organic Palooza. That’s just a smattering of the reaction and buzz created by the Organic Trade Association’s first-ever social media festival.

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Illinois Encourages Residents to Buy State Products Saturday

ATTRA - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:21
Illinois Main Street and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) are challenging residents to "Shop Illinois Saturday" on October 4, 2014, by devoting a portion of their budget to purchasing Illinois-made products. The "Shop Illinois Saturday" init…
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UN Launches Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture; FAO Director Highlights Agroecology

ATTRA - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:12
Speaking at the UN Climate Summit this week in New York, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva welcomed the launch of a new Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture, a broad coalition of stakeholders, including governments; farmers and food pro…
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Australian Researchers Have Bees Deliver Brown-Rot Treatment

ATTRA - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:22
Researchers at the University of Adelaide are demonstrating a new technique for protecting cherries from brown rot, reports USAgNet. Bees in the orchard walk through a biological control agent when leaving their hives, and they distribute this parasitic…
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USDA Introduces New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

ATTRA - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:35
USDA has announced new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), that offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues. Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to…
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Leopold Center Releases Research Results on 11 Projects

ATTRA - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:22
Summaries of 11 recently completed projects sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture are now available online. Multi-page summaries and one-page briefs for each project are available for download. The project topics include improving p…
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The Organic Center tops crowdfunding goal in its fight against citrus disease

Organic Trade Association - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:31

TOC is leading the effort to find organic solutions for all growers

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2014) --Thanks to donations ranging from $5 to as large as $5,000, The Organic Center has raised $20,417 through its first-ever crowdfunding drive – easily exceeding its goal of $15,000—as part of a major campaign to fund The Center’s research effort to find organic solutions to a devastating disease threatening the nation’s citrus industry.

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Video Series to Feature Farm to School Grantees

ATTRA - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:34
The USDA Farm to School Program has announced that it will be releasing a five-part video series during Farm to School Month in October, featuring testimonials from more than thirty USDA Farm to School grantees. The weekly videos will highlight the many…
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Washington State University to Offer Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

ATTRA - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:23
Washington State University has offered a graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture on campus since 2008. Now it will offer the certificate online beginning in the spring. The nine-credit certificate provides expertise in researching, assessing, an…
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North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Awards Agriculture Grants

ATTRA - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:13
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund announced that it has awarded $2.3 million in grants for 22 agricultural and economic initiatives across North Carolina, reports Southeast Farm Press. The funding will support projects such as cost-share grants targe…
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FDA Releases Updated Food Safety Modernization Act Proposals

ATTRA - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:23
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed revisions to four proposed rules that will implement portions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The four updated proposed rules include produce-safety; preventive controls for human food; prevent…
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Maple Hill Creamery Receives GrassFed Organic Certification

ATTRA - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:03
Related ATTRA Publication:Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal DairyingNew York-based Maple Hill Creamery announced that it has been designated as the first national dairy brand to receive Pennsylvania Certified Organi…
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Organic sector praises Canada-Japan deal

Organic Trade Association - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:45

OTTAWA (September 23, 2014)—After intensive discussions between the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Japan and Canada have agreed on an equivalency in organic products. An in-depth review and on-site audit of each other's rules for organic production concluded that the organic standards and enforcement regimes of Japan and Canada meet the same objectives, allowing organic products to be sold in both countries.

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New Zealand Explores Potential for Low-Emission Sheep

ATTRA - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:27
Researchers in New Zealand have been investigating the potential for developing sheep that emit less methane than ordinary ruminants, reports E&E Publishing. Researchers have sequenced the entire contents of a rumen sample to help them identify how r…
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Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Celebrating 30th Anniversary

ATTRA - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:39
This month the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin, will mark 30 years of service to organic and sustainable agriculture. The Institute will observe the anniversary on September 30 with a field day on cover crops, followed by a…
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New Toolkit Helps Plan Shared-Use Kitchens

ATTRA - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:09
A new resource from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is designed to help community and organization leaders make informed decisions about starting shared-used kitchens. The Shared-use Kitchen Planning Toolkit is a 44-page guide written by L…
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