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Schools and Communities Prepare for National Farm to School Month

ATTRA - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 20:56
October is National Farm to School Month, designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food. The…
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Agroforestry Helps Achieve Sustainability in Food Production

ATTRA - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 20:38
Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An OverviewUniversity of Illinois researchers writing in Sustainability are promoting agroforestry as a means of achieving sustainability goals in conjunction with food production goals. They identify several…
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CSA Member Agreement Workbook Offered by Farm Commons

ATTRA - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:27
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling through CSAs - Community Supported AgricultureFarm Commons has released a new online workbook makes the process of writing an excellent CSA member agreement easy and straightforward. The free workbook helps…
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Farm to Preschool Toolkit Available Online

ATTRA - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 19:50
ASAP's Growing Minds Farm to School program has compiled a number of resources in a Farm to Preschool Toolkit, available online. The toolkit contains information about getting started with farm to preschool, rules and regulations, and recommendations…
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American Farmland Trust's Farmers Market Celebration Announces Winners

ATTRA - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:01
American Farmland Trust's summer-long Farmers Market Celebration has concluded with the announcement of the farmers markets that were most endorsed for their focus on farmers, healthy food access, community involvement, and environmental stewardship, as…
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Soil Management Could Help Mitigate Climate Change Impacts

ATTRA - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:52
New research from the University of Illinois and collaborating institutions across the Midwest shows that climate effects on maize yield can be mitigated by soil water-holding capacity and soil organic matter. The team obtained weather, soil, and yield…
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Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest Accepting Entries

ATTRA - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:28
Entries are being accepted until September 28, 2016, for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s (SSNHA) annual Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest. From day-to-day life on the family farm to the ever-changing agricultural industry,…
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Penn State Research Shows Eggs from Small Flocks More Likely to Be Contaminated with Salmonella

ATTRA - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:01
A six-month study of more than 6,000 eggs from 240 farmers markets or roadside stands across Pennsylvania showed that eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores,…
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Certified Organic Survey Results Show Sales Up 13% Nationally

ATTRA - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:30
Related ATTRA Resources: Organic Farming USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results of the 2015 Certified Organic Survey, which show that 12,818 certified organic farms in the United States sold a total of $6.2 billion…
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USDA Announces Restoration Strategy for Gulf-Area Agricultural Lands

ATTRA - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:22
USDA has announced a new three-year, $328 million restoration strategy to improve water quality and help coastal ecosystems heal following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The strategy will guide how USDA will steer conservation efforts on private lands…
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USDA Farm to School Grant Webinars Scheduled

ATTRA - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:14
The USDA Farm to School Grant Program is accepting applications until December 8, 2016. To assist eligible applicants, USDA hosting several webinars to review the RFA and answer questions about the application process. The completed webinars will be…
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Family Farm Legacies Addressed in New Book

ATTRA - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:25
The Future of Family Farms: Practical Farmers' Legacy Letters Project, just published by University of Iowa Press, gathers more than 25 families' letters and stories about the land they cherish. Writers discuss how they acquired their land, what they…
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Washington State University Extension Reports on Beef Tenderness Research Findings

ATTRA - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:17
A 12-year study by Washington State University Extension explored how beef tenderness might be guaranteed. The study identified bulls with a high tenderness ranking and bred them to normal cows. Resulting heifers were tested for tenderness, and the top…
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FDA Seeks Public Input on Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture

ATTRA - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:04
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration agency requests information from the public about how to establish appropriately targeted durations of use for the approximately specific therapeutic products with no defined duration of use, in order to foster…
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How Orchard Netting Is Helping with Climate Change Adaptation

ATTRA - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 22:47
Related ATTRA Publication: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain TimesOne horticultural technique that is helping tree fruit growers in the Northwest adapt to climate change is orchard netting,…
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Video Showcases Elderberries as a Commercial Crop

ATTRA - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 22:31
Related ATTRA Publication: Specialty Crops for Cold ClimatesUniversity of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture has released a 9-minute video titled Elderberries as a Commercial Crop for Vermont Farmers . The video explores the uses, varieties,…
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Photo Guide to Silvopasture Available Online

ATTRA - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 11:28
Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An OverviewThe Photo Guide to Northeastern United States Silvopastureis available online in PDF. The 23-page guide is the result of research investigating silvopasture practices on farms in New York and New…
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Research Explores Fertilizer Potential of Digestate from Anaerobic Digesters

ATTRA - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 22:56
Anaerobic digesters offer a way to create biogas from food waste than can be used to generate energy. A byproduct of this process, digestate --the slurry of solid and liquid material left over--is the subject of research at the University of California…
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World Food Day Contests Open for Entries

ATTRA - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 20:40
World Food Day, October 16, 2016, has the theme "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too." Children and teens worldwide are invited by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to design a poster or produce a video on the…
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Research Brief Looks at How Fresh-Market Growers Use Veggie Compass Decision Tool

ATTRA - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 20:05
A new research brief from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin looks at how fresh-market vegetable growers are using the Veggie Compass farm management tool. Veggie Compass began as a partnership between the…
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