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USDA Awards Value-Added Producer Grants

ATTRA - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:58
USDA has announced the award of more than $45 million through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program for 325 projects that will help farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs nationwide develop new product lines. A complete list of…
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New Guide Engages Farm to School Participants

ATTRA - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:54
Farm Aid has created Farm to School Rocks!, a guide designed to inspire everyone to get engaged in the farm to school movement. The 16-page PDF guide includes an infographic that shows all the benefits of farm to school programs; features farmer, food…
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North American Agroforestry Conference Accepting Presentation Abstracts

ATTRA - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:41
Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An OverviewThe 15th North American Agroforestry Conference is slated to be held 27-29 June 2017 on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Conference organizers are accepting abstracts for Oral or Poster…
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Rural Energy for America Program Investments Announced

ATTRA - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 15:00
USDA has announced that it is investing $237 million to support 423 businesses nationwide through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Recipients will use the loans and grants to install renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal,…
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USDA Publishes Final Rule for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

ATTRA - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:52
USDA has published a final rule on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a conservation easement program that helps landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. These rule changes will make the program more flexible and…
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New York Awards Farmland Protection Grants

ATTRA - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:46
New York has awarded $4.9 million to help farmers protect 2,843 acres of at-risk farmland through the State's Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program. Funding will preserve six farms in Central New York, Western New York, and the North Country,…
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Report Guides Organic Soybean Growers in Combatting Pathogens and Pests

ATTRA - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 11:02
Related ATTRA Publication: Edamame: Vegetable SoybeanA new University of Illinois report, published in Agronomy, summarizes the disease and pest problems faced by organic soybean growers in the United States and details organic products and practices to…
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Farm to Head Start Case Study Highlights Opportunities and Challenges

ATTRA - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:48
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling to Institutional MarketsThe Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy has published a case study titled Farm to Head Start in Minnesota: Planting the Seeds for a Community-centered Food System. The study…
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Study Offers Recommendations for Tomato Grafting in High Tunnels

ATTRA - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 08:03
Related ATTRA Publication: Season Extension Techniques for Market GardenersA study published in HortTechnology developed recommendations for tomato grafting in high tunnels in the central United States in conjunction with its exploration of how…
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Celebrate Food Day October 24

ATTRA - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:53
Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. October 24 is a day to resolve to…
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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Grants Awarded to States

ATTRA - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:48
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the award of more than $62.5 million in grants to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops. The grants are issued to state departments…
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High Density Tree-Training Systems Improve Sweet Cherry Production

ATTRA - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:42
Related ATTRA Publication: Cherries: Organic ProductionResearch at the University of Michigan, reported by the American Society for Horticultural Science, shows that high-density tree training systems can help growers make sweet cherry production more…
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Green Cover Measurement App Can Help Manage Winter Wheat Grazing

ATTRA - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 11:07
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing IncomeIn the Southern Great Plains, winter wheat is commonly grazed as a winter forage and later harvested for grain. A four-page PDF publication…
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New App Helps Growers Compare Field Management Treatments

ATTRA - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:13
The Ohio State University has introduced a new, free app that allows users to digitally compare various treatments within their fields to determine the best management plan. The app lets growers or consultants create plot layouts for on-farm trials that…
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Seaweed Reduces Cattle Methane Production

ATTRA - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 07:45
Australian research by CSIRO and others has identified a seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, that reduces methane production in test-tube samples from cow stomachs by 99%, at doses as low as 2%. According to an article from CSIRO in The Conversation,…
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USDA Streamlines Loans for Beginning, Small, and Urban Producers

ATTRA - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 17:25
Related ATTRA Publication: Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning FarmersUSDA has announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ…
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Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Journal Seeks Papers on Intermediated Marketing for Small and Medium Farms

ATTRA - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 17:15
Related ATTRA Publication: Food Hubs: A Producer GuideA special issue of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (RAFS) will examine opportunities and challenges faced by small and medium sized farms, and other related issues, in reference to the…
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Database Details Spending on U.S. Farm Conservation Programs by County

ATTRA - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 17:02
Environmental Working Group has compiled a database that shows where $30 billion in federal conservation program funding was spent. Seven years in the making, EWG's Conservation Database compiled data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests…
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Rodale Institute Introduces Organic Farmers Association

ATTRA - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:49
Rodale Institute has launched a new membership organization for organic farmers, the Organic Farmers Association. The association will provide a voice for organic farmers on policy issues, help organic farmers network and share information, and serve as…
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Project to Test Organic Dairy Forage Crop Production Strategies for Northeast

ATTRA - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 19:30
Cornell University the University of Vermont, and the University of New Hampshire received a four-year, $1 million Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative grant from USDA to test new organic forage crop production strategies for the…
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