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Public Input Invited on Biomass Crop Assistance Program Program Changes

ATTRA - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 19:06
USDA Farm Service Agency is preparing an environmental review of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) and has proposed improvements to Project Area requirements, including crop eligibility, contract duration, and processes to offset the lack of…
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Southern SARE Administrative Council Seeks Nominations for Producer Seat

ATTRA - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:56
The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of a producer experienced with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities. The nominee…
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Taste the Local Difference Offers Guide to Northwest Michigan Local Food

ATTRA - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:51
The 12th annual Taste the Local Difference guide to Northwest Michigan food has been released. The 50-page publication connects readers to Northern Michigan's vibrant food community with easy-to-use regional maps, beautiful photography, farmers market…
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Magnesium Chloride-Based Fertilizer Approved for Organic Farming

ATTRA - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:17
Innovative Surface Solutions has announced that its product AgMag™ is the first magnesium chloride-based fertilizer approved for organic farming in North America. The product is a high performance magnesium chloride liquid that is approved for organic…
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Project to Identify Urban Agriculture Soil Risks

ATTRA - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:09
Related ATTRA Publication: Start a Farm in the CityA team of researchers led by Wayne State University has recently launched an initiative to determine the prevalence of contaminants in urban agriculture soil in Detroit, establish linkages among the…
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DOE Funding Supports Research on Sorghum for Biofuel

ATTRA - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:45
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the award of $30 million in funding for six projects under the Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program. DOE says the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology,…
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Crop Rotation Found to Benefit Soil Microbial Community

ATTRA - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:16
Research led by Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences found that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant…
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Healthy Soil Is a Weather Risk Management Tool, According to Report

ATTRA - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:02
Related ATTRA Publication: Drought Resistant SoilHealthy soil can protect us from drought and flood impacts, saving farms, rural communities and even the American agriculture industry, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Can…
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Organic Cover Crop Seed Offers Profit Potential

ATTRA - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:53
Researchers at University of Georgia Extension combined field trials and economic analysis of organic seed production for cover crops suitable for Georgia farms in a study funded by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). The researchers found…
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California Small Farm Conference Seeking Workshop Proposals

ATTRA - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:59
The California Small Farm Conference Workshop Committee is seeking proposals for interesting and timely presentations for the 29th annual conference. The mission of the California Small Farm Conference is to conduct an educational conference on topics…
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SNAP Participants Redeeming Benefits at Farmers Markets

ATTRA - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:53
USDA reports that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants are spending more of their benefits to make purchases at roadside farm stands, farmers markets, and directly from local farmers than ever before. SNAP redemptions at those…
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Gains Endowed Chair in Organic Agriculture

ATTRA - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:15
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced the creation of the Clif Bar and Organic Valley Chair in Plant Breeding for Organic Agriculture at the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Clif Bar & Company and Organic Valley both…
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Land Institute Debuting Perennial Grain

ATTRA - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:01
Long-term research by the Land Institute has resulted in the introduction of Kernza, a perennial grain, says a feature on Civil Eats. The grain is now being grown in several geographically diverse test plots, and several projects are exploring how the…
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Trial Results Published

ATTRA - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 19:07
Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has published results from purple sprouting broccoli variety trials in Oregon and Washington. They report that purple sprouting broccoli is an ideal crop for winter food production in the Pacific Northwest. It's planted in…
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OEFFA Unveils New Label Highlighting Non-GMO Status of Organic Products

ATTRA - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 20:16
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has released a new label that OEFFA-certified organic farmers and processors can use on their products, in addition to the standard USDA organic seal. This label, "Organic is non-GMO and more"…
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IPM App Available for Strawberry Growers

ATTRA - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:45
IPMinfo, a new app from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources that provides integrated pest management (IPM) information to farmers, is now available for free download for iPhones. The current version of the app contains information on invertebrate pests…
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Factory Farm Size Trends Documented in Map and Report

ATTRA - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:38
Food & Water Watch analyzed USDA data and found that factory farms continued to grow in size and number over the past fifteen years. These trends and more are highlighted in the updated version of the website www.factoryfarmmap.org, and its…
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Producer Survey Explores Building Minnesota Farm to Institution Markets

ATTRA - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 16:29
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the Sustainable Farming Association, and Renewing the Countryside conducted an online survey of Minnesota growers interested in farm to institution markets in fall 2014, to determine the resources they…
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Revised Manual for Farmers Markets Issued in Minnesota

ATTRA - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:42
Related ATTRA Publication: Farmers Markets: Marketing and Business GuideThe Minnesota Farmers Market Association has released a completely rewritten version of its Minnesota Farmers' Market Manual. The manual is available for purchase in either online…
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American Farmland Trust's Farmers Market Celebration Launches

ATTRA - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:27
American Farmland Trust has announced the start of their seventh annual Farmers Market Celebration to raise awareness about the vital link between family farmers and local food. This event invites members of the public to endorse their local farmers…
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