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Northwest College Consortium Offers Food Systems Course

ATTRA - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:19
The Northwest Five Consortium, a collaboration between Lewis and Clark College, University of Puget Sound, Reed College, Whitman College, and Willamette University, is offering Food Systems Northwest as its first jointly-run course. In the three-week cou…
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ERS Report Looks at Whether USDA Conservation Payments Motivate Additional Action

ATTRA - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:01
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released a new report titled Additionality in U.S. Agricultural Conservation and Regulatory Offset Programs. The report considers how effective voluntary payments are at causing farmers and ranchers to adopt conse…
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White House and USDA to Honor Agriculture Champions of Change

ATTRA - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:48
On July 29, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local "Champions of Change," leaders who are doing extraordinary things support the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industri…
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USGS Reports Neonicotinoid Insecticides Widespread in Midwest Streams

ATTRA - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:03
A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study reports that neonicotinoids were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the first co…
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'Organic Ready' Corn-Breeding Project Progresses

ATTRA - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:53
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) reports that an organic corn-breeding project funded by OFRF is entering its fourth year and could have early releases of open pollinated (OP) "Organic Ready" corn available later this year. Plant breeder Frank…
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Pollinating Bees Benefit from Forage Cover Crops

ATTRA - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:41
Related ATTRA Video:Cover Cropping an Almond OrchardSome California almond growers are planting cover crops specifically chosen as forage for bees, reports Western Farm Press. The cover crops bloom before and after the almond-flowering season, providing…
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Farm Aid Announces 2014 Venue

ATTRA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:13
Farm Aid is bringing its annual concert to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, September 13. Farm Aid 2014 will rock Walnut Creek Amphitheatre and shine a spotlight on the family farmers whose hard work and ingenuity are essential for all of us. Farm A…
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MOFGA Receives $1 Million Grant for Farmer Training Program

ATTRA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:04
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced that it has received a $1 million gift from the Partridge Foundation to establish an endowment in support of its new farmer training programs. The Partridge Foundation has also pledged…
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Biomass Crop Assistance Program Supporting Biomass Deliveries in 14 States

ATTRA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:00
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Farmers, ranchers, or foresters who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural…
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Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package Available

ATTRA - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:41
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has released a Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package that gives childcare providers a roadmap to start their own programs to connect young children with locally grown, minimally processed foods and the…
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Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) Announced

ATTRA - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:32
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. The new foundation will leverage public and private resources to increase the…
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Kentucky to Honor Local Food Heroes

ATTRA - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:58
Three Kentucky farmers voted as the Commonwealth's Local Food Heroes for 2013 will be honored at the inaugural Local Food Heroes Farm to Table Dinner August 18. Ramsi Kamar of Louisville, Michael Lewis of Berea, and Clay Turner of Russellville were selec…
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Landowner Guide to Pollinator-Friendly Practices Released

ATTRA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:20
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has released a Farmer and Landowner Guide to Pollinators and Neonicotinoids in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network. This guide provides current research pointing to some of the major causes of pollin…
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California Agriculture Issue Highlights Water Efficiency Research

ATTRA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:14
Related ATTRA Resource:Water Quality, Conservation, Drought and Irrigation The July–September 2014 issue of California Agriculture presents a special collection of original University of California research on water efficiency. The issue reports on resea…
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Virginia Launches Resource Management Planning Program

ATTRA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:01
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation has begun a Resource Management Planning program. Under the program, farm owners and operators work with a certified developer to create a plan for crop, hay, or pasture land uses. All RMPs must contai…
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National Farmers Market Week Set for August 3-9

ATTRA - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:42
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3-9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. T…
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Rodale Institute Welcomes New Chief Scientist

ATTRA - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:31
Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, has announced that Dr. Kristine Nichols began July 7 as its new Chief Scientist. Dr. Nichols is a leader in the study of soil biology, particularly myco…
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USDA Requests Applications for Local Fruit and Vegetable Pilot

ATTRA - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:26
USDA has announced the release of a Request for Applications from states interested in participating in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Under the pilot, up to eight states across fi…
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New Manual Helps Fruit and Vegetable Growers with Machinery Sharing

ATTRA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:19
A new manual from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Machinery Sharing Manual for Fruit and Vegetable Growers, discusses operational and organizational issues related to sharing specialized fa…
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Rural Opportunity Investment Conference to Convene

ATTRA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:11
The White House Rural Council will host the inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment conference July 23 and 24 in Washington to promote potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. Top leaders from the business community and fina…
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