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Researchers Create Synthetic Biopathway for Transforming Agricultural Biomass to Manufacturing Chemicals

ATTRA - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 16:23
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste into chemicals that can be used to manufacture a variety of products. The study was published in…
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Leopold Center Awards Research Grants for 2016

ATTRA - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 16:08
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is providing funds for 17 new research and demonstration projects to begin this year. The grants will aid in the advancement of sustainable agriculture while protecting Iowa’s soil and water and also help…
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Integrated Crop Pollination Project Issues Annual Newsletter

ATTRA - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 16:03
The USDA-SCRI Integrated Crop Pollination Project has released its annual newsletter for 2015, the third year of the project. This project's long-term goal is to develop and deliver context-specific Integrated Crop Pollination (ICP) recommendations on…
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Cover Crops for Vegetable Production Topic of New Publication

ATTRA - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:36
A new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication titled Short Duration Cover Crops for Vegetable Production Systems discusses techniques of proper planting and termination and advantages and challenges of specific crops and cover crop…
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California Cost Studies for Romaine Hearts and Organic Spinach Available

ATTRA - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:19
Related ATTRA Publication: Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable ProductionTwo new studies on the costs and returns of growing romaine hearts and organic spinach have been released by University of California Agriculture and Natural…
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Noble Foundation to Study Moveable Hoop Houses

ATTRA - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:15
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for DesignThe Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has announced that its research horticulturist Charles Rohla, Ph.D., received a two-year, $144,880 specialty crop block grant from the…
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Sound and Sensible Initiative Releases Organic Outreach Resources

ATTRA - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:43
The Sound and Sensible Initiative of the National Organic Program has released a new collection of guides and resources that help organizations reach out to and educate potential organic farmers. Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National…
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Vermont Nonprofit to Study Farm Food Loss

ATTRA - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:25
The Vermont nonprofit organization Salvation Farms is conducting a study to determine how much food is lost annually on Vermont farms, reports Stowe Today. The organization hopes to show that local food resources can help address food security and…
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Montana Rancher's Climate Adaptation Involves Water Capture

ATTRA - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:11
A High Country News feature describes Montana rancher Erik Kalsta's efforts to capture water on the family ranch that will help keep grazing the arid ranch viable even during times of low precipitation. Long-term family records of precipitation reveal…
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Conservation Stewardship Program to Add Acreage, Renew Contracts

ATTRA - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:45
USDA has announced that $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of…
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Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Announces Plans for Regional Training Hubs

ATTRA - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:21
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) plans to open a number of watershed-based training hubs across the region it serves, reports Berks Country. The first two hubs will be in the Delaware Valley and the Three Rivers Watershed,…
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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grants Fund Food Safety, Plant Health Research

ATTRA - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:02
USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the nation's premier competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences, is awarding $30.1 million in competitive grants to fund 80 research projects to…
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Organic Farming Review Shows Sufficient Yields, Profit, and Environmental Protection Possible

ATTRA - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:06
A review study, "Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century," conducted by Washington State University researchers, provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment, and be…
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Report Documents Increase in Glyphosate Herbicide Use

ATTRA - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:51
A report published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Sciences Europe says that 18.9 billion pounds of glyphosate have been used globally to date. According to the report, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since “Roundup Ready” genetically…
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EPA Assessment Shows Imidacloprid a Risk to Bees

ATTRA - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:51
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA's assessment, prepared in collaboration with California's…
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USDA Begins Organic Survey

ATTRA - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:41
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has begun conducting the 2015 Certified Organic Survey to gather up-to-date data on certified organic crops and livestock in the United States. NASS is mailing the survey to all known organic…
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Good Farm Fund Supports Local Food Producers in California

ATTRA - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:31
In California, the Good Farm Fund is focusing on increasing access to fresh and locally produced food, reports the Willits News. The Fund just awarded its first round of small grants to local farmers. Grants from $350 to $1,200 will assist local farmers…
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California Discusses Amending State Organic Program

ATTRA - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:57
The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is bringing together federal and state officials as well as organic stakeholders to discuss California's state organic program (SOP) on February 2. Current discussions are underway within the organic…
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Article Highlights Mexican Bean Beetle Pest Potential and Controls

ATTRA - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 19:57
Researchers from Virginia Tech have published an article on the Mexican bean beetle in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, says Entomology Today. The pest is present throughout most of the United States, and though it favors wax beans and green…
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Long-Term Study Looks at Agricultural Impact on Land and Its Consequences

ATTRA - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 15:55
Researchers from Arizona State University are reporting results of The Mediterranean Landscape Dynamics Project, a 10-year experimental socio-ecology project that looked at human interaction with the land in the Mediterranean region. The study focused…
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