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Southern SARE Program Involves Students in Sustainable Agriculture Research

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 20:08
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) is helping high school and college undergraduate students participate in sustainable agriculture research through the James Harrison Hill, Sr. Young Scholar Enhancement Grants Program.…
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New Atlas of Desertification Provides Assessment of Global Land Degradation

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:58
The European Commission's Joint Research Center has published a new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification, providing the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlighting the urgency to adopt…
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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Partners in Three Multi-State Specialty Crop Grants

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:42
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced that it will partner on three grants funded through the United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will partner in the following…
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USDA Announces Farm to School Grant Awards

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 14:16
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced the award of $5.2 million in grants through the USDA Farm to School Program. FNS is awarding grants to 73 projects across 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. The Farm to School Grants are…
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Animal Welfare Approved Certification Celebrates a Decade

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:28
A Greener World (AGW) has announced that the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label is celebrating its 10th year of recognizing high-welfare, sustainable farming. AGW is saluting ten farmers and ranchers who are now embarking on their 10th year…
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Jennifer Tucker Named by USDA as National Organic Program Deputy Administrator

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:10
USDA has announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Tucker as Deputy Administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service National Organic Program (NOP). Dr. Tucker has served as Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program since…
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Life Cycle Analysis Shows Mustard Cover Crops Climate Friendly

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:27
Washington farmer Dale Gies uses a mustard and arugula "biofumigant" cover crop to help manage soilborne pests and improve soil quality. A life cycle analysis on the practice by researchers from Washington State University accounted for emissions…
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Year-Long Direct Farm Marketer Webinar Series Launches

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:49
Related ATTRA Webinar: Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm BusinessThe University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering a year-long series of monthly one-hour webinars for direct farm marketers, beginning June 26, 2018. Webinars…
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Minnesota Awards Value Added Grants

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:55
Related ATTRA Resource: Value-Added Food ProductsThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded Value Added Grant funding to sixteen Minnesota agricultural producers and processors. Grant funds will support projects that increase the sales of…
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Clemson Experts Highlight Benefits of Cover Crops

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:53
Related ATTRA Videos: Videos on Cover CropsClemson University experts shared the results of a decade of research on cover crops at a recent field day. Cover crops were touted for their ability to break up compaction, build soil organic matter and…
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Organic Farming Could Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:18
A forthcoming study in the Journal of Cleaner Production found that increasing organic food production could have greenhouse-gas mitigation benefits. Study authors used U.S. state-level data over the 1997–2010 period and found that a 1% increase in…
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National Pollinator Week is June 18-24

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:57
For National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018, the Pollinator Partnership has produced a one-page resource, Pollination Fast Facts For Farmers and Ranchers. It discusses what pollinators do for farmland, and what farmers can do for pollinators. The…
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CoBank Predicts More Solar Energy Use on Farms

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:51
Related ATTRA Publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the FarmA new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division predicts that solar energy use will accelerate among ag producers when the cost of installing and operating distributed solar…
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NOP Seeks Input on Strengthening Organic Enforcement

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:40
The National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar July 17, 2018, engaging the organic community about NOP's upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rulemaking. The webinar will provide an overview of the scope of the proposed rule…
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Local Foods Marketplace Invites Exhibitor Applications

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:30
The Fifth Annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace is now accepting applications for food and beverage businesses from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for its event November 30 - December 1, 2018, in Rochester, Minnesota. FEAST! hosts more than 100 juried…
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Farming-Systems Comparison Shows Organic Yield Gap Decreasing over Time

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:13
A study from The Netherlands, published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, explored a 13-year comparison of organic and conventional farming. The study found that although organic farming is considered less productive than conventional…
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Economic Impacts of Agriculture and Food Systems Measured in Report

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:08
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has released a Scientific and Economic Foundations Report that provides a ground-breaking platform to evaluate the real costs and benefits—including environmental, health, and social impacts—of our…
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Report Documents Sustainability and Equity in Massachusetts Food System

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:48
The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative has released Sustainability and Equity in the Massachusetts Food System: A Progress Report. This report showcases organizations, businesses, and networks working toward the goals contained in the Massachusetts…
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Cover Crops Don't Deplete Soil Moisture, Clemson Research Shows

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:59
Researchers at Clemson University tested seven different cover crop treatments to determine their effect on moisture in the soil profile. All of the cover crop treatments, ranging from a single species to a five-species mix, showed soil moisture equal…
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Armed to Farm Provides Veterans Training and Networking Opportunity

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:47
Twenty-nine military veterans from the Northeast participated in sustainable agriculture training in New Hampshire recently, reported The Keene Sentinel. The Armed to Farm training was presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, a…
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