Sustainable Ag News

Farm Manager Webinar Series Offered in April

ATTRA - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:23
Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a free lunchtime webinar series during April called "20 Minute Farm Manager." The eight brief webinars will provide tips and resources to help you get off to a great start with your employees this spring.…
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New Agrarian Program Accepting Applications

ATTRA - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:05
Holistic Management International and Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program are teaming to provide Holistic Management® training to apprentices, mentees, interns, and new farmers and ranchers through a seven-month program accessible via the Internet.…
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Organic Farming Shown to Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

ATTRA - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:42
The Organic Center and the University of Virginia collaborated on new research that shows organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. The study found that although organic and conventional farms have comparable on-farm nitrogen…
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Crop Diversity Benefits Natural Enemies of Crop Pests

ATTRA - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:15
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological ControlResearch at the University of Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany showed that the more varied the landscape around a wheat field is, the fewer aphids thrive on the wheat plants. When there is…
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Study Finds Regenerative Agriculture 78% More Profitable for Corn

ATTRA - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:50
Related ATTRA Publication: Planning for Profit in Sustainable FarmingA study published in PeerJ evaluated the relative effects of regenerative and conventional corn production systems on pest management services, soil conservation, and farmer…
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Southern SARE Announces On-Farm Research Grants Selected for Funding

ATTRA - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:25
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) has announced that it will award $183,886 in On-Farm Research Grants. These grants are specifically for Extension agents, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, university…
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Guide to On-Farm Variety Trials Published

ATTRA - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:33
Organic Seed Alliance has released The Grower's Guide to Conducting On-farm Variety Trials. This free guide provides farmers fundamental skills to conduct on-farm variety trials that reflect their particular goals and farming operations. Readers will…
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Farm Aid Highlights Need for More Farm Advocates

ATTRA - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 16:17
A blog post from Farm Aid explains that although the number of farmers making a living by farming is declining, calls to its farmer hotline have gone up by about 30% this year. According to the post, the organization needs more farmer advocates who can…
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Minnesota Soil Health Cafe Chats Feature Area Farmers

ATTRA - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:24
Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a series of Soil Health Cafe Chats at various locations around Minnesota in March and April. These free, informal events will feature area farmers who are practicing soil health principles like cover crops,…
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New Guide Helps Specialty-Crop Growers Choose Cover Crops

ATTRA - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 20:45
Related ATTRA Publication: Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid AreasGrowing Over Cover: A Kansas Specialty Crop Grower’s Guide to Cover Crops is the latest publication in the Kansas Rural Center’s series of guides for fruit and vegetable growers in…
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Grants Awarded to Address Pollinator Health

ATTRA - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 20:34
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has announced 16 matching grants totaling $7 million for research to address declining pollinator health, an ongoing threat to agricultural productivity in the United States. The FFAR awards are matched…
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Practical Farmers of Iowa Offers Labor4Learning Program

ATTRA - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 20:27
Related ATTRA Resource: Sustainable Farming Internships and ApprenticeshipsPractical Farmers of Iowa is offering aspiring farmers on-farm job opportunities through the Labor4Learning program. For the 2018 season, 14 experienced farmers from around the…
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FFAR Grant Funds Study of Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing

ATTRA - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 20:04
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Managed GrazingThe Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has awarded a $1.25 million grant to ASU Foundation for A New American University for study of Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing. The FFAR grant has been…
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Appalachian Farmer and Rancher Mentorship Program Launched

ATTRA - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 19:44
Appalachian Sustainable Development, Appalachian RC&D Council, and Rural Resources have launched Farmer and Rancher Mentorship (F.A.R.M.), a 200-hour, on-the-farm program to prepare interns for successful careers in farming and food production,…
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PhenoCam Network Documenting Seasonal Changes

ATTRA - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:46
A network of more than 400 cameras installed at sites across North America is documenting seasonal rhythms of vegetation in a wide range of ecosystems on a daily basis. Though the PhenoCam network was developed for phenological model validation and…
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Farm Commons Releases Additional New Tip Sheets

ATTRA - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 20:08
Farm Commons has six new tip sheets available free online to help farmers and their advocates get up to speed on common farm law issues. Titles include Succession Planning, Why Form an LLC?, The Lease: Who Is Responsible for What?, Farm Insurance,…
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Water Troughs a Conduit for Spread of E.Coli

ATTRA - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 19:56
Research led by Cornell University has identified water troughs on farms as a conduit for spread of E. coli. Cattle that drink from troughs infected with E. coli carry the bacteria without becoming sick but spread the bacteria in their feces. The…
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Wallace Center Launching Regional Food Economies Fellowship Program

ATTRA - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:33
The Wallace Center seeks to accelerate and raise the profile of the efforts of innovators working within development stakeholder audiences as they pilot new approaches, establish new cross-sector partnerships, and build the case for regional food…
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Farmland Access Legal Toolkit Launched

ATTRA - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:56
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School has launched a new online resource, the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit, to help farmers and landowners affordably access, transfer, and conserve farmland. The free, online toolkit…
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Penn State Extension Programs Support Development of a Next Generation of Farmers

ATTRA - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:47
Penn State Extension recently reported on progress with two grant-funded projects designed to help develop the next generation of farmers in Pennsylvania. One project, supported by a NIFA Beginning Farmer/Rancher grant, aimed at increasing the success…
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