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Diversified Farming More Favorable to Wildlife, Shows Study

ATTRA - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:38
A long-term study by scientists at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, published in Science, shows that evolutionarily distinct species suffer most heavily in intensively farmed areas. Researchers found, however, that an extraordinary am…
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Interview Examines Supporting Sustainable Agriculture Through Diverse Eating

ATTRA - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:11
In an interview with chef and author Dan Barber, Yale Environment 360 explores concepts from Barber's new book, The Third Plate. In the interview, Barber discusses his epiphany that buying only certain sustainably raised crops--like wheat--was not suppor…
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Farmers Market Celebration Honors Top Markets

ATTRA - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:58
The summer-long "I Love My Farmers Market Celebration" presented by American Farmland Trust has concluded with the announcement of the top 100 most celebrated markets in the country and the top three most celebrated in each state. Coventry Regional Farme…
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Organically Grown in Oregon Week Begins

ATTRA - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:14
September 14-20, 2014, marks the 26th anniversary of Organically Grown in Oregon Week (OGOW), a tradition that began in 1988 to celebrate Oregon's organic industry and recognize the leaders of the movement. To introduce Oregonians to the state's riches,…
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USGS Study Shows Pesticide Levels a Concern for Aquatic Life

ATTRA - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:41
Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the nation's rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new United States Geological Survey (USGS) study spanning two decades. The proportion of streams dra…
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California County Seeking Farmer for Historical Agricultural Park

ATTRA - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:29
The County of Santa Clara, California, is requesting proposals from qualified farmer(s) or agricultural organizations to provide Agricultural Farming operations within the boundary of a newly constructed public park, Martial Cottle County Park. The devel…
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State agricultural directors hosted by the Organic Trade Association

Organic Trade Association - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:31

OTA stresses role of organic for states

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha told the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Friday that organic farming is in all states, and that state directors of agriculture who care about jobs and vitality should care about organic.

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USDA Announces Sound and Sensible Certification Projects

ATTRA - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:47
USDA is awarding project contracts to 13 organizations that will advance the NOP's Sound and Sensible initiative by identifying and removing barriers to organic certification and streamlining the certification process. Projects will be completed by Septe…
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Study Assesses Organic Dairy Farm Needs in Northeast

ATTRA - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:38
Northeastern organic dairy farms say their top concern is receiving steady, fair prices for their milk from milk processors, according to a new survey that is the first to assess the research and educational needs of organic dairy farmers in the region.…
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ISU Researchers Developing Nutrient and Erosion Management Tools

ATTRA - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:24
By the end of this year, Iowa State University researchers plan to unveil a set of decision-making tools for best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and erosion/sediment losses. The tools will provide information about costs invo…
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Millions taking part in “Organic-Palooza,” organic’s first-ever social media festival

Organic Trade Association - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:43

Even more consumers are encouraged to participate in the remaining discussions

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2014) –Four days in, nearly 10 million* consumers have either taken part in or been exposed to “Organic-Palooza,” the organic industry’s first-ever social media festival.

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Farm to School State Training and Event Grant Awards Announced

ATTRA - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:38
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Farm to School Team has announced the 2014 Conference and Event Grant state awards. New this year, these grants support state conferences, events, and trainings that have a specific emphasis on developing supply chain rela…
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Study Shows Drug-Resistant Bacteria Persisting on Hog Workers

ATTRA - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:30
A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four da…
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ALBA Accepting Applications for Farmer Education Program

ATTRA - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:17
The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association in Salinas, California, is accepting applications for its Farmer Education Program, designed for individuals interested in becoming organic farm owners and operators. The 10-month course covers organic…
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Organic Center receives $5,000 matching grant for citrus greening research

Organic Trade Association - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:47

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (Sept. 10, 2014) -- A new matching grant from RSF Social Financial to The Organic Center will help increase the impact of the public’s contribution to find organic solutions to the devastating citrus disease called citrus greening.

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OTA to highlight key organic issues at Natural Products Expo East

Organic Trade Association - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:21

Consumer concerns, GMOs, latest trends top OTA’s “All Things Organic” in Baltimore

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON (Sept. 10, 2014) – It’s been a busy year for the organic industry. Record sales in the United States, intensifying competition for the attention of the increasingly savvy organic consumer, and a dogged debate over what organic really stands for have meant a very full plate for the organic community.

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Gift Launches SUNY Adirondack Sustainable Agriculture Initiative

ATTRA - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:53
The SUNY Adirondack Foundation has received a $100,000 gift from Ruth and Sandy Lamb in support of SUNY Adirondack's Sustainable Agriculture Initiative. With this gift, the school is set to develop increased course offerings and potentially a degree prog…
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Growth Accelerator Fund Awards Go to Good Food and Farming Incubators

ATTRA - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:48
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. Each organization will receive a cash prize of $50,000 from the SBA. The accelerators will be required to report metrics such as jobs cr…
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PFI Announces Farmland Owner Award Recipients

ATTRA - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:29
Related ATTRA Publication:Tips for Farm Leases and Contracts: Creating Smart, Effective DocumentsCharlotte Shivvers, Martha Shivvers Skillman, and Marietta Shivvers Carr have been chosen as the recipients of the 2014 Farmland Owner Award, granted annuall…
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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Funding Awarded

ATTRA - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:18
USDA has announced that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands, and wetlands across the nation. ACEP consolidat…
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