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Maine Enacts Food Sovereignty Law

ATTRA - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:35
Maine Governor Paul LePage has signed LD 725, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems, reports Bangor Daily News. The legislation legitimizes the authority of towns and communities to enact ordinances regulating local food distribution…
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Arkansas Proposes Emergency In-Crop Dicamba Ban after 242 Cases of Alleged Misuse

ATTRA - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:55
The Arkansas State Plant Board passed a proposed emergency rule to ban the use of in-crop dicamba on June 23, 2017, following 242 cases of alleged dicamba misuse in Arkansas, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Although many hoped that crop damage…
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Study Considers Relationship Between Land Use and Pollinator Health

ATTRA - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:08
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has published a 47-page report titled Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis. This study reviews the literature on the effects of land use on pollinator health and examines trends in…
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Produce Growers, Farmers, and Food Hubs Invited to Give Food Safety Input

ATTRA - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:09
The Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) is conducting a nationwide survey to find out how it can help produce growers, farmers, and food hubs with food safety. Responses to this survey will help LFSC enhance fundamental food safety knowledge and…
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New Census of Agriculture Video and Online Questionnaire Demo Debut

ATTRA - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:59
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has unveiled a new video introduction to the Census of Agriculture, available at its website. The three-minute video explains about the new improved electronic form for the survey and how important it…
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USDA Authorizes Emergency CRP Grazing in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

ATTRA - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:49
USDA has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in areas of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions. Emergency grazing is authorized to begin immediately and extends…
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Survey Explores New England Consumer Preferences for Local and Organic Produce

ATTRA - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:25
The University of New Hampshire has released a 17-minute video of a presentation describing the results of a survey of 5,000 households in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine about consumer preferences for locally and organically grown produce. The survey…
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Pollinator Loss Changes Ecosystem Patterns

ATTRA - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:33
Research at Emory University, published in Biology Letters, showed that when a single pollinator species is removed from a system, the foraging patterns of remaining pollinators change, which can have implications for both rare plant species and food…
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Assessment Shows Economic Benefit of Corn Used as Food Rather than Biofuel

ATTRA - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:24
Researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared the use of corn as food with corn as a biofuel. The researchers used a comprehensive view of the agricultural system, called critical zone services, to analyze crops' impacts on the…
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NRCS Releases Longleaf Pine Strategy

ATTRA - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:29
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a two-year implementation strategy to help private landowners restore and protect 400,000 acres of southeastern longleaf pine forest. NRCS will use existing Farm Bill programs and other…
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Details Published on Seed Mix Developed for Monarchs and Bees

ATTRA - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:25
Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have developed a seed mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees. Information on the constituents of the mix is available in a free, online publication titled…
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Michigan EnviroImpact Tool Maps Nutrient Runoff Risk

ATTRA - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:19
MSU EnviroImpact Tool is a new agricultural nutrient-management tool developed through a partnership between the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the…
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American Farmland Trust Kicks Off Farmers Market Celebration

ATTRA - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:07
American Farmland Trust's annual summer Farmers Market Celebration raises national awareness about the loss of America's farmland and the impact of that loss on local, healthy food, drinking water, and critical wildlife habitat. The seventh year of the…
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Armed to Farm Training Helps Veterans Launch Sustainable Agriculture Careers

ATTRA - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:58
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) held one of its week-long Armed to Farm sustainable agriculture training sessions in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and KUAF radio reported on the course's visit to Across the Creek Farm. Armed to Farm is a…
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European TRUE Project to Promote Legumes

ATTRA - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:38
A new, European-wide research project will explore and develop sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the European Union. Project TRUE (TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe) involves 24…
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Organic Seed Growers Conference Calls for Proposals

ATTRA - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:52
Organic Seed Alliance invites you to help shape the 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference by providing proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, panels, and roundtables. The conference is set for February 14-17, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon, with the…
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Canadian Research Shows Probiotics May Help Protect Bees from Pesticide Effects

ATTRA - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:29
In a new study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers have shown that probiotics can potentially protect honey bees from the toxic effects of pesticides. Researchers utilized fruit flies as a model for studying…
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FDA Announces Intent to Extend Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Standards

ATTRA - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:20
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for agricultural water requirements in the Produce Safety Rule. FDA announced that it will "extend the compliance dates using appropriate procedures at a…
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New Program Certifies Bee-Friendly Farms

ATTRA - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:17
The Bee Better Certified program is a new certification program that enables agricultural producers to let consumers know they are farming in ways that benefit bees. The program was developed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in…
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Montana Research Evaluates Pea Yield and Performance

ATTRA - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:10
Research by Chengci Chen of Montana State University, reported in Agronomy Journal, explored how nine different varieties of pea performed when grown in five locations across Montana. As more farmers shift to a cereal-dry pea cropping system,…
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