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Food Sustainability Index Assesses 34 Countries on Sustainable Agriculture

5 hours 6 min ago
The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, is a model designed to assess the sustainability of national food systems in a qualitative and quantitative manner. The…
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Guide for Growing Malting Barley Published by Ohio State University

5 hours 28 min ago
Grain experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have published a guide on growing barley for malting. Because barley for beer needs to be low in protein and high in carbohydrates, its…
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Fifth Edition of Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the U.S. Food System Released

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:04
The Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University has released An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System: Fifth Edition. This publication provides current research and outreach on structural racism in…
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Northeast SARE Seeks Individuals to Serve on Leadership Committees

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:50
The Northeast region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is currently seeking individuals to serve on its Administrative Council and Technical Committee. Candidates for the 20-member Administrative Council should have…
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With Farm to School Programs, Kids Eat More Produce

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:26
University of Florida research published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that students at schools with a Farm to School program ate an average of 37% more vegetables and 11% more fruit after their school adopted the program.…
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Global Map of Carbon Stocks in Soil Released on World Soil Day

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:51
On World Soil Day the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released the Global Soil Organic Carbon Map, the most comprehensive global map to date showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil. The map illustrates the amount of…
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Organic Mushroom Pest-Control Project Receives Funding

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:34
Related ATTRA Publication: Mushroom Cultivation and MarketingPenn State University has received a $950,000 grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop and conduct outreach on organic controls for disease and insect pests of…
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Penn State's Online Cheese Tracking System Aids Small Cheesemakers

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:50
Funded by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Penn State has developed an online tool to aid small-scale cheesemakers in achieving product consistency. The Penn State…
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Major Grant to Support Soil Health Effort

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:25
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research has announced a $9.4 million grant to the Soil Health Institute, the Soil Health Partnership, and The Nature Conservancy to improve soil health and, ultimately, support positive economic and environmental…
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California Healthy Soils Program Awards More than $5 Million in Grants

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:45
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $5.23 million in grant funding to 86 projects as part of its Healthy Soils Program. The program encourages farmers and ranchers to implement practices that reduce atmospheric…
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Texas Research Shows Winter Wheat a Feasible Cover Crop for Rolling Plains Cotton

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:08
Related ATTRA Publication: Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid AreasA Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led team is releasing the results of a study that showed winter wheat is a feasible cover crop for Rolling Plains cotton production. Under the…
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Efforts Underway to Develop Organic Wine Grape for Northeast

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 20:05
Related ATTRA Publication: Grapes: Organic ProductionUSDA, Penn State University, and Mountain View Vineyards are collaborating in an effort to develop a more profitable, organic wine grape for the Northeast, reports Lehigh Valley Business. Verona is a…
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Solar Pumps Power Low-Pressure Drip Irrigation Systems

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:48
Related ATTRA Publication: Solar-Powered Livestock Watering SystemsA University of Kentucky horticulture extension professor has been working with low-pressure irrigation systems powered by solar pumps in Asia. The gravity-fed drip irrigation system…
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Conservation Effects Assessment Project Documents Fuel Savings from No-Till

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:04
Related ATTRA Publication: Conserving Fuel on the FarmThe Conservation Effects Assessment Project of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service conducted an annual fuel savings study comparing gallons of fuel used in conventional tillage practices to…
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USDA Announces Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Funding Awards

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:23
Related ATTRA Resource: Beginning Farmer Business Planning, Marketing, and Sheep, Goat & Poultry ResourcesUSDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced awards made to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers through the…
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USDA Report Shows Larger Farms Receiving More Farm Payments

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:17
A report from USDA Economic Research Service reveals that from 1991 to 2015, commodity program payments, some conservation program payments, and Federal crop insurance indemnities have shifted to larger farms operated by higher income households. This…
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California Healthy Soils Week to Take Place December 4-7

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:00
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil HealthCalifornia Department of Food & Agriculture, along with state, federal, and private sector partners, will be hosting the inaugural California Healthy Soils Week December 4-7, 2017. This week-long celebration—which…
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Agrophotovoltaics Pilot Project Demonstrates Compatible Uses

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 20:47
An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project in Germany has shown that photovoltaics and photosynthesis can be compatible land uses, reports the University of Hohenheim. The largest APV system in Germany, one-third hectare, is being tested on the Demeter…
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Toolkit for Responding to Pesticide Drift Issued

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:18
Pesticide Action Network North America has published In Case of Drift: A Toolkit for Responding to Pesticide Drift. If you've been exposed to pesticide drift, or have lost crops due to drift damage, download this free, 27-page toolkit for details on how…
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New Oilseed Processing Plant in North Dakota Makes Cold-Press Oils from Local Safflower

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:28
Related ATTRA Publication: Oilseed Processing for Small-Scale ProducersA story in Farm & Ranch Guide describes a new oilseed processing plant in Bowman, North Dakota. The plant's first product is 17 Thistles safflower oil, a cold-pressed oil sourced…
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