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New Hampshire Aquaponics Research Offers Model for Sustainable Production

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 18:09
Related ATTRA Resource: Aquaponics - Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture A new aquaponic greenhouse at the University of New Hampshire’s Kingman Research Farm is home to research that's providing a model for integrating land-based aquaculture…
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Wildflower Strips Aid Pollination in Goldilocks Zone

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 17:51
A Cornell study of strawberry crops on New York farms found that wildflower strips on farms added pollinators when the farm lay within a "Goldilocks zone," where 25 to 55% of the surrounding area contained natural lands. In areas surrounded by more…
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Diversifying Farmland Key to Preserving Biodiversity

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:28
Related ATTRA Resource: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Conservation biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say that adding diversity to working lands may be key to preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change. Their…
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Veterans Find a New Start in Farming

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:50
Related NCAT Resource: Armed to Farm PBS NewsHour reports on how some returning war veterans are starting new careers in agriculture. Many veterans are from rural communities, notes this feature, and returning veterans offer a hope of filling the ranks…
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Article Introduces the Biochar Movement

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:35
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture NCAT Agricultural Economics Specialist Jeff Schahzenski wrote an article on the biochar movement and the use of biochar in organic agriculture. He reports on research findings to date about…
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Development-Threatened Midwest Farmland Finds Few Protections

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:59
Related ATTRA Publication: Agrihoods: Development-Supported Agriculture A feature from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting reports that residential development is causing loss of valuable farmland in the Midwest. Conservation easements, used…
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California Farm Academy Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship and Training Program

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 20:45
The California Farm Academy provides beginning farmers with the knowledge, skills, business competency, and resources to thrive and grow in a farming career through its apprenticeship program and training program. The CFA Apprenticeship Program is a…
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Buyer's Guide Identifies Organic Animal Products Fed U.S. Grain

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:06
Related ATTRA Resource: Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has released a web-based Buyer’s Guide that identifies brands of organic dairy products, eggs, and poultry derived from animals that are…
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Texas Lamb Company Receives Global Animal Partnership Step 5® Animal Welfare Certification

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 17:49
Capra Premium Dorper Lamb based in Goldthwaite, Texas, has become the first U.S.-based lamb company to receive the Global Animal Partnership (GAP)’s 5-Step® Animal Welfare rating, the highest rating ever issued to a commercial lamb program globally.…
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Organic Farming Apprenticeship Program Launched in Wisconsin

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:32
Related ATTRA Resource: Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships A collaborative effort involving organic farmers, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, FairShare CSA Coalition farmers, UW-Madison, and UW-Extension has launched a…
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NRCS Offers Assistance for Farms and Ranches Damaged by Hurricane Michael

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:20
Farmers and ranchers in six Georgia counties included in the expedited major disaster declaration for damage from Hurricane Michael can receive assistance with damage to working lands and livestock mortality from USDA-NRCS. The first sign-up period for…
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USDA Partners to Help Rural Leaders Build Strategies to Achieve Prosperity

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:08
USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA has finalized four cooperative agreements through the Rural Economic Development Innovation initiative to help rural communities create and implement economic…
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Report Presents Case Studies of Agroecological Transition

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 16:45
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has released a new report, Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological transition. The case studies include a range of different…
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Survey of Women in Agriculture Finds Barriers to Equality

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:27
A 17-country study by Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, surveyed women in agriculture and found that the majority say widespread gender discrimination persists and poses obstacles to their ability to help feed the world. The…
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Missouri Announces Recipients of Specialty Crop Grants

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:15
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced that 12 state projects will receive a total of nearly $450,000 in federal funding to strengthen the market for Missouri-grown specialty crops. Funded projects will provide specialty-crop production…
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USDA Announces Grant Awards to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmer Programs

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:14
USDA will issue $9.4 million in grants through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program), to provide enhanced training, outreach, and technical…
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Johnson, Watkins to Receive Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 06:57
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University has honored an agricultural policymaker and a conservation-minded farmer with its Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Paul Johnson, who co-wrote Iowa's landmark Groundwater…
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Michigan Announces Specialty Crop Grant Recipients

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 06:48
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the Michigan recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Grants up to $100,000 were awarded to 22 projects that enhance the…
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Iowa Concern Hotline Aids Farmers with Profitability and Well-Being Questions

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:38
Iowa farmers who have concerns about the profitability of their farm and about the well-being of themselves and their families can turn to resources offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The Iowa Concern Hotline is a 24-hour a day,…
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Farm Organizations Launch Campaign to Help Overcome Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:26
The nation's two largest general farm organizations, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, have created a campaign to bring attention to the struggles in farm country and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the…
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