Sustainable Ag News

Practical Farmers of Iowa Announces Farmland Owner Award Winners

ATTRA - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 08:01
Practical Farmers of Iowa has announced that Rob and Susan Fleming have been chosen as the recipients of the 2016 Farmland Owner Award for using their farmland near Carlisle, Iowa, to help beginning farmers gain land access, and for their long-term…
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Report Examines Capability of Organic Farming to Feed the World

ATTRA - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:54
Friends of the Earth has released a report titled Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World, written to debunk myths about world hunger and show that organic and agroecological farming are fundamental to feeding all…
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Predator-Deterrent Lights Offer Management Tool

ATTRA - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:12
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that wildlife officials in Wisconsin are experimenting with battery-powered lights to deter wolves from coming near livestock. The Northern Wiscsonsin division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture APHIS-Wildlife Services…
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USDA Announces Initiatives to Improve Pollinator Health

ATTRA - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:21
During National Pollinator Week, USDA has announced two initiatives in support of the President's National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators. USDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two honey bee organizations,…
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Partnership Helps Introduce Veterans to Beekeeping

ATTRA - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:07
Related ATTRA Publication: Veteran ResourcesA unique partnership between the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and the Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation is…
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Crop Insurance Changes Provide Double-Cropping Flexibility

ATTRA - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 14:29
The federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers with modifications centered on the practice of growing two crops on the same field at different times of the year. Double-cropping requirements have been revised to…
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Report on State of Organic Seed Released

ATTRA - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 20:08
Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has released its first five-year update on the status of organic seed. The report, State of Organic Seed, 2016, is part of an ongoing project to measure progress in increasing farmer access to organic seed in the United…
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Barrier Screens Exclude Brown Marmorated Stink Bug from Organic Crops

ATTRA - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:57
A study published in HortTechnology notes that damage from the brown marmorated stink bug has occurred on 100% of sweet corn in some fields and more than 20% of pepper, tomato, eggplant, and okra in test plots. In this study, researchers tested plastic…
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Study Quantifies Benefits of Upper-Mississippi Agricultural Conservation

ATTRA - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:42
Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have published a new study that demonstrates that agricultural conservation practices in the upper Mississippi River watershed can reduce nitrogen inputs to area streams…
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EPA Accepting Public Comments on Draft Triazine Ecological Risk Assessments

ATTRA - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:02
EPA invites stakeholders to comment on the draft ecological risk assessments for atrazine, propazine and simazine, which evaluate risks to animals and plants including, amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic plant…
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FDA Reminds Retailers of Changes to the Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals

ATTRA - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:25
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a letter reminding retail establishments that sell medically important antimicrobials for use in feed or water for food animals that the marketing status of those products will change from…
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Farm Aid Announces 2016 Venue

ATTRA - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:09
Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of artists, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on the land. This year's Farm…
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Sustainable Agriculture Standard Established by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

ATTRA - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:48
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agricultural production. ANSI/ASABE S629, Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of…
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Ohio Agritourism Law Offers Operator Protections

ATTRA - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:19
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling with: Agritourism and "Pick-Your-Own"Ohio's new agritourism law goes into effect August 16. Ohio State University Extension reports that the new legislation "defines agritourism, offers protections for…
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Appalachian Grown Survey Results Available

ATTRA - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:13
ASAP's Local Food Research Center surveyed Appalachian Grown (AG) certified farms in March 2016 to better understand the experiences of farmers in the region, learn about the impact of its work, and to gather feedback to help shape the program's future…
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Study Finds Ancient Soil Amendments Built Fertile Soils

ATTRA - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:56
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable AgricultureA global study led by the University of Sussex analyzed fertile, carbon-rich black soils called 'African Dark Earths' and found them high in organic matter and capable of supporting intensive…
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North Dakota Farmer Uses Cover Crops to Build Soil Organic Matter

ATTRA - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:46
Related ATTRA Publication: No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based SystemSuccessful Farming reports on how North Dakota farmer Lance Gartner is using multispecies cover crops to provide forage for his cattle and build…
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Automated Irrigation Technology Helps Save Water

ATTRA - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:24
Related ATTRA Publication: Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools and MethodsIn California, Spirent Communications is looking at how IoT can offer a solution for drought by saving irrigation water. In a demonstration of the technology, moisture meters…
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Forage Radish Most Beneficial Cover Crop in New Hampshire Study

ATTRA - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:52
A two-year study of cover crops at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station found that forage radish was the most beneficial for suppressing weeds and increasing production values. Researchers examined the performance of eight different cover…
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USDA Market News to Work with Organic Farmers to Expand Organic Reporting

ATTRA - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:38
USDA Market News is expanding its organic reporting and would like to work with certified organic livestock, poultry, egg, dairy, cotton, grain, and corresponding handling operations to develop new organic reports. If you are interested in becoming a…
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