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Market Incentives May Help Boost Farm Income

ATTRA - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:27
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon SequestrationIn California, rice grower Knaggs Ranch is managing land for conservation outcomes, reports Environmental Defense Fund. By controlling the timing and volume of field…
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New Tool Helps Corn Growers Evaluate Split Nitrogen Application

ATTRA - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:12
The Useful to Usable initiative has developed a new tool for use by farmer, farm managers, and crop advisors that evaluates the feasibility of transitioning to or continuing use of split applications of nitrogen during the growing season. The Split…
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Organic Grain Elevator Serves Storage Niche

ATTRA - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:46
Related ATTRA Publication: Grain Processing: Adding Value to Farm ProductsIn tiny Hereford, Colorado, ST Organics serves an important function for organic grain producers in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, and western Nebraska, reports Capital…
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Studies to Help Bring Poultry Production Model to Scale

ATTRA - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:15
Related ATTRA Publication: Label Rouge: Pasture-Based Poultry Production in FranceThe University of Minnesota Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP) will support a series of studies on Main Street Project’s poultry production…
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Demand for Organic Dairy Products a Challenge for Suppliers

ATTRA - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:42
Organic dairy products are making their way into major food retail outlets, where demand has been so strong that suppliers cannot always keep up with it, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Although demand for organic milk has been on the rise,…
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USDA Invites Comment on Need for Statistics on Women and Beginner Farmers

ATTRA - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:20
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will convene a panel of subject matter experts to discuss needs for federal statistics about women and beginning farmers and ranchers. The panel will meet April 2-3 in Washington, DC. The meeting on…
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New Bean Varieties Withstand Extreme Heat

ATTRA - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:06
As a result of a major breakthrough, beans – once feared to be a casualty of climate change – are now set to withstand extreme temperatures, protecting a staple food of the poor in developing countries. CGIAR bean breeders have announced the discovery…
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Mechanical Pollination Shows Promise for Fruit Orchards

ATTRA - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:56
Researchers at Washington State University have been experimenting with using an orchard sprayer to mechanically pollinate tree fruit, reports Good Fruit Grower. With pollinator populations threatened, the researchers have been exploring alternative…
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Fertilizer Application Practices Reduce Ammonia Emissions, Study Shows

ATTRA - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:48
Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have released a study showing that ammonia emissions associated with crop fertilization could be reduced by as much as 82% by modifying fertilizer application strategies. The researchers tested 11…
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Vermont Farm Initiative Helps Returning Veterans Transition

ATTRA - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:38
Related ATTRA Publication: Veteran ResourcesDisabled Vermont veteran Bruce Fowler has started a new initiative on his farm to help returning veterans transition to civilian life by building technical skills, reports the Barre Montpelier Times Argus. The…
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World Health Organization Releases Assessment of Carcinogenicity of Organophosphate Pesticides

ATTRA - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:40
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has assessed the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides. In the IARC evaluations, the herbicide glyphosate and the…
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NOP Issues Memorandum on Nanotechnology

ATTRA - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:14
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has issued a memorandum to clarify the status of nanotechnology in organic production and handling. The memo draws a distinction between "engineered nanomaterials" that are specifically designed and manufactured to…
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Western SARE Introduces Western Sustainability Pioneer Award

ATTRA - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 19:20
To bring increased awareness to sustainable agriculture leaders and their work, Western SARE has announced that it is accepting nominations for its first Western Sustainability Pioneer Award. Nominations for this award may be made by anyone and are due…
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Increases Predicted in Global Antibiotic Use in Livestock

ATTRA - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 19:13
A team of researchers from Princeton University, the International Livestock Research Institute, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy has conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption in…
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Minnesota Offers Farmers Replicated Field Trials for Nitrogen Management

ATTRA - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 18:50
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is inviting Minnesota farmers and crop advisers to participate in the Nutrient Management Initiative (NMI). Participants can evaluate the efficiency of different nitrogen management practices on their own farms…
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Report on Bio-Extensive Market Farming Published

ATTRA - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:11
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has released Market Farming with Rotations and Cover Crops: An Organic Bio-Extensive System. The 70-page report, by Horticulture Manager George Kuepper, is available online. It outlines how to control grasses…
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Survey Collecting Input on Food Safety at Farmers Markets

ATTRA - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:04
The Farmers Market Food Safety Program seeks to enhance food safety practices at farmers markets by developing educational materials and operational tools. The project is a three-year effort funded by USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture…
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ARS Develops New Poultry Vaccine

ATTRA - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:47
Researchers at USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory have created a vaccine that is effective against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) and Newcastle disease (ND). ILT and ND are two of the most economically…
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Terminating Cover Crops with Sheep Benefits Organic Farmers

ATTRA - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:26
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing IncomePreliminary results of a study released by Montana State University show the benefits of using sheep, rather than tillage, to manage and…
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NRCS Spreadsheet Tool Helps Farmers Determine Economics of Cover Crops

ATTRA - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:02
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed The Cover Crop Economic Decision Support Tool, a spreadsheet that helps farmers, landowners, and others make informed decisions when considering whether to add cover crops to their systems. The…
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