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Guide to Farm Employment Law Released by Farm Commons

ATTRA - 4 hours 14 min ago
Related ATTRA Publication: California Guide to Labor Laws for Small FarmsFarm Commons has released Farm Employment Law: A guide to rules and regulations across the United States. This guide details farm employment laws and regulations across the…
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Videos on Winter High-Tunnel Growing Available

ATTRA - 4 hours 30 min ago
TRelated ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Designhrough an Illinois Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture grant, University of Illinois Extension in partnership with Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC)…
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Western SARE Administrative Council Seeks Nominations

ATTRA - 4 hours 51 min ago
The Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is seeking nominations or self-nominations for five seats. These include Organic Farmer/Rancher; Sustainable Farmer/Rancher; Conventional Farmer/Rancher; Tropical…
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Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Expanded to Every County

ATTRA - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:46
Related ATTRA Publication: Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic FarmersUSDA has announced that Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance will be available in every county in the nation in 2016. USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA)…
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Washington Organic Week Set for September 12-19

ATTRA - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:31
Washington Organic Week, WOW! is an annual campaign that connects consumers to Washington organic growers and products. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed September 12th-19th Washington Organic Week. WOW! offers unique opportunities for…
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Rediscovered Fescue Forage Released by ARS

ATTRA - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 14:26
USDA Agricultural Research Service has released "Hidden Valley" meadow fescue, with seed available through the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System. The grass was imported from Europe in the 1800s, and has adapted to the Upper Mississippi River…
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Case Study Publication Measures Energy Use for Grain Drying

ATTRA - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:38
An updated publication from ISU Extension and Outreach, Energy Consumption during Grain Drying, includes data from a two-year case study that provide a benchmark for farmers drying grain. The case study at Iowa State University research and teaching…
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Study Finds Local Food Connects Buyers with Community

ATTRA - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:26
According to a new University of Iowa study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. "Locavores" are also driven to eat locally grown produce and meat because their…
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Research Explores Natural Methods for Sanitizing Leafy Greens

ATTRA - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:18
A grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture is helping University of Arizona researchers identify ways to use plant-based sanitizers for leafy greens. Plant extracts, essential oils, and organic sanitizers such as oregano, cinnamon, and…
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Fact Sheets Provide Tips for Drought

ATTRA - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:26
Related ATTRA Publication: California Drought Programs and ResourcesA series of new and updated drought tips fact sheets has been developed by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The publications are available for free download, and include titles on…
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Temperature Sensors Help Identify Water-Stressed Crops

ATTRA - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 19:19
Related ATTRA Publication: Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools and MethodsUSDA agricultural engineer Kendall DeJonge is researching ways to conserve irrigation water by using infrared radiometric thermometers (IRT)—sensors that can determine crop…
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Michigan Food Hub Network to Expand

ATTRA - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:34
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has received a $450,000 continuation grant from the Kresge Foundation to expand the Michigan Food Hub Network, a statewide learning community that helps food hubs become profitable while…
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Iowa Communities Join Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit; Publication Highlights Best Practices

ATTRA - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:06
Six Iowa communities are participating in an Iowa State University project called the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit, a planning process that helps Iowa communities explore their ag-related resources and needs to make fresh, local food products more…
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CCOF Introduces Transitional Certification Program

ATTRA - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:47
Organic certifier CCOF has introduced its enhanced Transitional Certification program for farmers beginning the three-year transition process of gaining organic certification for their land. Obtaining transitional certification includes the ability to…
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Southern SARE Announces Graduate Student and Food Systems Grants

ATTRA - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:28
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program has announced the funded projects for the 2015 Graduate Student Grants program. This year, SSARE Administrative Council funded 13 projects totaling $110,936. Projects will…
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Northeast Beginning Farmer Project Offers Online Courses

ATTRA - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:22
The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is offering online courses as part of the line-up of 16 online courses offered this fall, Winter, and Spring by the Cornell Small Farms Program. The five- to seven-week courses consist of weekly real-time webinars…
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Industrial Hemp Research Progressing at University of Kentucky

ATTRA - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:07
Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are progressing with the second year of their industrial hemp research. The first year's pilot project was limited to varieties used for fiber production, but this…
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Cost of Production Study for Organic Strawberries Available

ATTRA - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:50
Related ATTRA Publication: Strawberries: Organic ProductionUniversity of California Agriculture and Natural Resources has released a cost of production and estimated revenue study for organic strawberries. The study for organic strawberries takes into…
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Researchers Find Economic Benefits in Hedgerows

ATTRA - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:04
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological ControlUC Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Berkeley researchers analyzing hedgerows in a two-year study found the plantings were providing economic benefits by attracting natural…
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NOFA Vermont Seeks Winter Conference Workshop Proposals

ATTRA - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 14:52
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) is accepting workshop proposals for its 34th Annual Winter Conference, February 13-15, 2016. The goal of the conference is to facilitate learning and sharing of information on all…
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