Sustainable Ag News

Grants Awarded to Study Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture

ATTRA - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:57
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nat…
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USDA Announces Creation of Rural Business Investment Company

ATTRA - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:50
USDA has announced the creation of the Rural Business Investment Company, a new investment fund that will allow USDA to facilitate private equity investments in agriculture-related businesses. Advantage Capital Partners, which will manage the new fund, a…
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Big Ten Real Food Challenge Leadership Team Accepting Applications

ATTRA - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:41
The Big Ten Real Food Challenge Leadership Team is currently accepting applications. Leadership Team members will have the unique opportunity to make a big impact on the food system by working to leverage the purchasing power of Big Ten universities. The…
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Safe Food Sampling Legislation Signed in Minnesota

ATTRA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:27
Newly signed legislation in Minnesota is aimed at assuring food safety for shoppers and providing vendors with consistent regulations statewide. The Minnesota Farmers' Market Association has been working on the legislation for the past year and a half, i…
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NODPA Posts Information on Preventing and Treating Cow Lameness

ATTRA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:13
The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA) has posted Preventing & Treating Lameness in Cows. This online article by veterinarian Hubert Karreman looks at the nutritional and environmental factors affecting hoof health and the practical t…
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Farm-to-School Initiative Involves Culinary Arts Program in Preparing Local Food

ATTRA - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:05
Through a new grant, Rural Action in Ohio will partner with the Hocking College Culinary Arts Program to introduce a new Farm-To-School Initiative and provide two school districts with fresh, local produce. Produce from the Chesterhill Produce Auction wi…
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If You’ve Eaten an Organic Apple This Week, Thank Rachel Carson

Oregon Tilth News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:47
Carson’s book about agrochemicals launched the modern environmental movement, but the work she started in Silent Spring is far from finished.
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Open Source Seed Initiative Releases 29 New Crop Varieties

ATTRA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:04
On April 17, the Via Campesina global day of action, the Open Source Seed Initiative held a launch event in Madison, Wisconsin, where activists and scientists announced the release of 29 new varieties of crop seed, reports National Public Radio. Plant br…
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Locavore Index Ranks States' Commitment to Local Food

ATTRA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:49
Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, has released its third annual Locavore Index, a state-by-state ranking of commitment to local foods. The 2014 Locavore Index incorporates four measures for which current data is availab…
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New Jersey Program Recognizes Farm to School Participants

ATTRA - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:45
New Jersey Department of Agriculture has instituted a program to recognize schools and farmers who work together to ensure students have access to healthy Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables in their school cafeterias. Applications for the 2014-2015 Jerse…
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Marketing Course Offered Free, Online for Farmers

ATTRA - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:11
The Farmers Market Federation of New York and the NY Farm Viability Institute are cosponsoring Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success, an free, online course in marketing aimed at farmers. This program is funded by USDA SARE's NE Professional Developmen…
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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding for States

ATTRA - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:58
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants will be available to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers through research, programs t…
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Biological Controls Fight Weeds in New Zealand

ATTRA - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:51
The Horizons Regional Council reported that landowners in New Zealand have been successfully combating ragwort (Senecio jacobaeae) in pastures with three insect bio-control agents, according to Entomology Today. Instead of using pesticides, landowners in…
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Report Explores Fire Blight Control in Organic Fruit

ATTRA - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
The Organic Center is making a new Critical Issue Report available online. Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit offers grower lessons and emerging research for developing an integrated non-antibiotic fire blight control program in organic fruit.…
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FarmLogs Release Free Online Soil Maps

ATTRA - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:53
AgriView reports that FarmLogs, an agricultural tech startup that helps farmers leverage data to increase profitability, has released free online soil maps for every field in the United States. The color-coded soil maps overlay soil texture zones on sate…
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BirdReturns Program Paying Farmers for Bird Habitat

ATTRA - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:44
In California's Central Valley, the BirdReturns program is linking conservationists, bird watchers, and farmers in an effort to provide critical habitat on agricultural land for migrating birds, reports The New York Times. The program utilizes data from…
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Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform Develops Farmer Self Assessment

ATTRA - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:58
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative platform has released a Farmer Self Assessment tool designed for farmers to assess their sustainable agriculture practices in a way that is universally recognised by the food and drink industry, reports ClickGreen.…
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New Network Launches for Transitioning Farmers- Space Still Available

Oregon Tilth News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:34
Beginning in April, Oregon growers transitioning to organic production will have their own network for guidance and information. Oregon Tilth’s Transitioning Farmer Network will provide tools, training, and technical assistance for farmers in transition, and those adding organic acreage or diversifying production.
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Free Apps for Agriculture Featured

ATTRA - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:03
The Ag Marketing Resource Center has compiled an online list of efficient agriculture applications, 'apps,' that are available for free for smartphones. Many of these apps combine general information tools, like current news, weather forecasts, or financ…
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Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from Agriculture Rising, Warns UNFAO

ATTRA - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:29
Agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30% by 2050, according to new estimates from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The largest source of emissions within agriculture is en…
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