Sustainable Ag News

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestations Offer Methyl Bromide Alternative in Vegetable Production

ATTRA - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:06
The American Society for Horticultural Science reports that anaerobic soil disinfestation is one of the most promising alternatives to methyl bromide use in vegetable crop production. Recent research tested two ASD treatments in open-field, fresh-market…
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Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin Reports Research Results

ATTRA - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 16:53
The sixth annual Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin is available online as a 184-page PDF. The document contains reports on a wide array of agricultural research conducted at Research and Extension Centers across the state. The…
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Good Food Business Accelerator Accepting Applications

ATTRA - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 16:07
The Good Food Business Accelerator in Chicago is accepting applications for its third cohort. In this program, fellows are paired with industry-leading mentors and are connected to potential customers and investors. This is the nation’s first business…
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Pennsylvania Preserves 5,000th Farm

ATTRA - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:48
Pennsylvania's farmland preservation reached a new milestone with the addition of 26 more farms, pushing the total number of farms in the state's program past 5,000. Pennsylvania's program leads the nation in the number of farms and the number of farm…
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Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grants Will Help Reduce Agricultural Water Pollution

ATTRA - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:39
Nearly $10.9 million from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund has been awarded to nonprofits, local governments, universities, and state agencies for 39 projects that will clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams, reports Bay Journal.…
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Sweet Potatoes Show Potential for Biofuel and Livestock Feed

ATTRA - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:22
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that vines from industrial sweet potato can serve as livestock feed, while the roots are an ideal feedstock source for biofuel production. The industrial variety…
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Small Farm Online Courses Open for Registration

ATTRA - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:11
The Cornell Small Farms Program has announced open registration for its 2016-2017 season of Small Farm Online Courses designed to build the technical and business skills of farmers. In these six-week courses, expert farmers and extension educators guide…
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New Tool Helps Livestock Farmers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ATTRA - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 21:18
A new and interactive tool released by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization allows farmers, policy makers, and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more…
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Videos Demonstrate Tire Tank Preparation and Installation

ATTRA - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:26
Related ATTRA Publication: Paddock Design, Fencing, and Water Systems for Controlled GrazingKerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture has posted two short videos on how to prepare a used tire for conversion to a watering tank for cattle and how to install…
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Winter High Tunnel Spinach Has Highest Sugar Content

ATTRA - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 19:37
Research at the University of New Hampshire has revealed that spinach grown in high tunnels during the coldest months of winter has the highest sugar content. A two-year study focused on the varieties Regiment, Space, and Tyee, planted at six different…
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Canadian Researchers Explore Potential of Eco-Buffers

ATTRA - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 19:24
The Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiative research farm is the site of a study on eco-buffers, dense, mixed plantings of native trees and shrubs between cropland and wetland. The eco-buffers are an enhanced version of a traditional shelterbelt, and they…
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Rotational Grazing Helps Kentucky Farmer Look at Agriculture a New Way

ATTRA - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 17:28
Related ATTRA Resource: Managed Grazing TutorialIn Marion, Kentucky, small-scale farmer Joseph Mast is using rotational grazing, moving his 20 cows up to six times a day, reports WFPL in an online feature. Mast says his new approach to grazing…
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Gratitude Farmland Fund to Focus on Regenerative Agriculture

ATTRA - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 16:28
Gratitude Railroad, an investment firm focused on educating, inspiring, convening, and catalyzing investors and investments in for-profit, mission-driven businesses, has announced the launch of the Gratitude Farmland Fund (GFF), a real asset fund…
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Start to Farm Initiates New Farmer Training in Iowa

ATTRA - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:55
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is organizing Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Network, a statewide program designed to provide education and support for beginning and early-career agricultural producers. Multiple groups will be organized…
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Iowa Farmers Invited to Test Online Conservation Cost Tool

ATTRA - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:49
Iowa State University researchers are asking farmers in the state to test and provide feedback on an early online version of a tool to better understand the costs of implementing nutrient management and soil conservation practices. "We wanted to create…
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Oregon to Host First National Conference on Specialty Crop Grants

ATTRA - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 23:12
Oregon will host the inaugural meeting of state coordinators of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from across the country in Portland this week. The National Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Coordinators Conference will bring in 68…
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Farmers Market Posters Available Online Highlight Various Crops

ATTRA - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 23:01
Related ATTRA Publication: Local Foods No. 1 -- Seed Spices: Cumin, Dill, Anise, Fennel, Caraway, AjwainWashington State Department of Agriculture is offering a series of printable posters for farmers markets online in PDF. The posters highlight leafy…
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Registration Opens for 5th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture

ATTRA - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 06:48
Registration is now open for the 5th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture, an event that will bring together farmers, educators, technical assistance providers and activists engaged in healthy food and farming to share educational…
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National Center for Appropriate Technology Celebrates 40th Anniversary

ATTRA - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 06:39
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) celebrated its 40th anniversary in Butte, Montana, on August 19 with the dedication of a 45kW solar array that will provide power for the organization's headquarters. Special guests attending the…
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High Tunnel Tomato Production Increases Vegetables Grown in Kansas

ATTRA - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:49
Related ATTRA Publication: High Tunnel Tree Fruit and Grape Production for Eastern GrowersKansas Rural Center has posted a feature on how farmer Todd Griggs worked with K-State Research and Extension to develop a high tunnel system of tomato production…
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