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Food Hubs Key to Scaling up Local Food Systems

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:59
Related ATTRA Publication: Food Hubs: A Producer GuideMichigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the Wallace Center at Winrock International have released Findings of the 2017 National Food Hub Survey. The survey found that…
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Session Recordings from National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health Available

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:43
SARE is making session recordings from the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health available free online. The sessions available include opening remarks by Jane Hardisty (USDA-NRCS Indiana) with a video message by Bill Northey (Iowa…
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Participate in the 2018 Food Hub Benchmarking Study

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 20:35
Wallace Center is collecting data from food hubs nationwide for its largest benchmarking study to date, with a goal of participation by 75 hubs. Participants complete a brief survey and confidentially submit a set of common financial reports for…
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Report Highlights Western North Carolina Ag Transition from Tobacco to Local Food

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:02
A report from Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Local Food Research Center shows how a 20-county region in Western North Carolina has undergone significant shifts in agriculture related to tobacco and food production for local markets. This…
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Texas Soil and Water Stewardship Week Focuses on Pollinators

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:51
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Texas Wildlife Association, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association are joining other state…
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Registration Open for Online Summer Courses in UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Program

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:32
Related ATTRA Resource: Links to Sustainable Agriculture Educational ProgramsRegistration is open for two summer sessions of online courses through the Sustainable Food and Farming Program at the University of Massachusetts. The courses are offered…
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FruitGuys Community Fund Awards Grants to Small Farms

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:33
The FruitGuys Community Fund has announced the recipients of its sixth year of environmental sustainability grants. Thirteen small farms and agricultural nonprofits in 11 states received grants up to $5,000 for a total of $47,534 in grant funding.…
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ARS Study Offers Insights on Food Waste

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:14
A study published by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists in PLOS ONE reveals that American consumers waste nearly a pound of food per person per day. This waste is equivalent to about one-third of the calories that each…
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Cover Crop Guide Now Available as Mobile App

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:16
The Midwest Cover Crops Council has reformatted its popular cover crop field guide to create the Midwest Cover Crops Field Scout mobile app for cellphones and tablets. The app allows farmers, crop advisers and conservation professionals to access cover…
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Pollination Deficit Puts Supply Chains at Risk, Says Report

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:14
A report by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Fauna & Flora International, and the University of East Anglia warns that leading companies face potential shortages of raw…
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Study Links Soil Health with Animal Growth

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:50
Related ATTRA Publication: Building Healthy Pasture SoilsA study in the United Kingdom Rothamsted Research, published in the journal Animal, links soil health to animal growth. An interdisciplinary team of scientists developed a metric for assessing the…
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Workshop Proposals for EcoFarm Conference Invited

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:57
Ecological Farming Association is inviting workshop proposals for the 39th annual EcoFarm Conference, to be held January 23-26, 2019. Workshops should cover practical and cutting-edge information useful for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers,…
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Report Identifies Techniques for Promoting Soil Health in Cotton Production

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:48
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Cotton Production for the Humid SouthA report from Wrangler, Seeding Soil's Potential, contains the results of an analysis of scientific studies to identify sustainable cotton farming techniques that promote soil…
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Microplastics Found in Organic Composts and Fertilizers

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:49
Research published in Science Advances by a team of researchers at the University of Bayreuth in Germany revealed that microplastic bits were present in organic fertilizers and composts made from biowaste. Sampling detected microplastics in all samples…
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EcoFarm Workshop Presentations Available Online

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:32
The Ecological Farming Association has made workshop presentations from the 2018 EcoFarm conference available online. Topics include pest control, conservation easements, soil, farm succession, drip irrigation, and many others.
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Decision Tool Analyzes Economics of Cover Crops

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:15
Iowa State University is making a new decision tool, Economics of Cover Crops, available free on its Ag Decision Maker website. The tool includes three Excel worksheets: Projected economic costs and benefits of crop crops without grazing or harvesting,…
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Faba Bean Cover Crop Reduces Sweet Corn Fertilizer Needs

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 07:51
Related ATTRA Publication: Sweet Corn: Organic ProductionResearchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst tested nitrogen-fixing faba bean as a cover crop before sweet corn and found that it could help farmers save up to half of their nitrogen…
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Iowa Learning Farms Accepting Applications for Emerging Farmers Forum

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 07:36
Iowa Learning Farms is accepting applications until May 16, 2018, to attend a two-day, all-expenses paid Emerging Farmers Forum in August. Emerging farmers include anyone who has recently started farming, would like to farm, or would like to have a…
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National Organic Program Reopens Comment Period on Amendments to National List

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:56
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has published a notice in the Federal Register that it has reopened the public comment period on Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The extended 30-day comment period will close May…
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Varied Agricultural Landscape More Effective for Pollinators than Flowering Strips

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:59
Research by Lund University in Sweden has shown that a small-scale agricultural landscape with pastures, meadows, and other unplowed areas provides the best habitat for pollinators and experiences the highest level of pollination. Although planting…
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