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Survey Explores New England Consumer Preferences for Local and Organic Produce

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 22:25
The University of New Hampshire has released a 17-minute video of a presentation describing the results of a survey of 5,000 households in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine about consumer preferences for locally and organically grown produce. The survey…
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Pollinator Loss Changes Ecosystem Patterns

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:33
Research at Emory University, published in Biology Letters, showed that when a single pollinator species is removed from a system, the foraging patterns of remaining pollinators change, which can have implications for both rare plant species and food…
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Assessment Shows Economic Benefit of Corn Used as Food Rather than Biofuel

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:24
Researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared the use of corn as food with corn as a biofuel. The researchers used a comprehensive view of the agricultural system, called critical zone services, to analyze crops' impacts on the…
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NRCS Releases Longleaf Pine Strategy

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:29
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a two-year implementation strategy to help private landowners restore and protect 400,000 acres of southeastern longleaf pine forest. NRCS will use existing Farm Bill programs and other…
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Details Published on Seed Mix Developed for Monarchs and Bees

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:25
Researchers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have developed a seed mix of perennials to use as habitat for monarch butterflies and bees. Information on the constituents of the mix is available in a free, online publication titled…
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Michigan EnviroImpact Tool Maps Nutrient Runoff Risk

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:19
MSU EnviroImpact Tool is a new agricultural nutrient-management tool developed through a partnership between the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the…
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American Farmland Trust Kicks Off Farmers Market Celebration

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:07
American Farmland Trust's annual summer Farmers Market Celebration raises national awareness about the loss of America's farmland and the impact of that loss on local, healthy food, drinking water, and critical wildlife habitat. The seventh year of the…
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Armed to Farm Training Helps Veterans Launch Sustainable Agriculture Careers

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:58
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) held one of its week-long Armed to Farm sustainable agriculture training sessions in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and KUAF radio reported on the course's visit to Across the Creek Farm. Armed to Farm is a…
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European TRUE Project to Promote Legumes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:38
A new, European-wide research project will explore and develop sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the European Union. Project TRUE (TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe) involves 24…
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Organic Seed Growers Conference Calls for Proposals

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:52
Organic Seed Alliance invites you to help shape the 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference by providing proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, panels, and roundtables. The conference is set for February 14-17, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon, with the…
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Canadian Research Shows Probiotics May Help Protect Bees from Pesticide Effects

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:29
In a new study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, researchers have shown that probiotics can potentially protect honey bees from the toxic effects of pesticides. Researchers utilized fruit flies as a model for studying…
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FDA Announces Intent to Extend Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Standards

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:20
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to extend the compliance dates for agricultural water requirements in the Produce Safety Rule. FDA announced that it will "extend the compliance dates using appropriate procedures at a…
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New Program Certifies Bee-Friendly Farms

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:17
The Bee Better Certified program is a new certification program that enables agricultural producers to let consumers know they are farming in ways that benefit bees. The program was developed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in…
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Montana Research Evaluates Pea Yield and Performance

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:10
Research by Chengci Chen of Montana State University, reported in Agronomy Journal, explored how nine different varieties of pea performed when grown in five locations across Montana. As more farmers shift to a cereal-dry pea cropping system,…
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Weed Scientists Caution about Auxin Herbicide Drift

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:52
Scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) say special precautions are necessary to prevent off-target plant damage from dicamba and 2,4-D drift. A survey of more than 2,300 commercial and noncommercial applicators showed that less than…
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Penn State Project to Explore How Pest Management Practices Affect Soil Health

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 19:40
Related ATTRA Resource: Ecological Pest Management TutorialResearchers at Pennsylvania State University have received a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of…
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South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program Accepting Applications

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 19:32
Clemson University's South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program is accepting applications for 2017-2018. The program provides new and beginning farmers with the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs, sound business…
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Heritage Breeds and On-Farm Processing Offer Markets for Pennsylvania Producer

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 19:26
Related ATTRA Publication: Evaluating a Farming EnterpriseLancaster Farming recently featured Old Time Farm, where Shelly Oswald and her husband, Ray, produce heritage breeds like Partridge Chantecler chickens, Standard Bronze turkeys, and American…
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Research Considers Effect of Organic Feeding Systems on Organic Dairy Cattle Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 23:22
University of Wisconsin research that appeared in the Journal of Dairy Science calculated partial life-cycle assessments on greenhouse-gas emissions from different organic dairy feeds. Researchers found variations in the emissions rate for the different…
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Organic Onions Higher in Flavonoids and Antioxidants

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 22:48
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Allium ProductionResearch published in American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional…
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