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University of Massachusetts Online Sustainable Agriculture Program Announces Spring Courses

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 17:09
The University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture offers three online degrees in sustainable agriculture: certificate, Associate of Science, and Bachelor of Science. Registration is now open for 10 courses offered during Spring 2019.…
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New York Awards Funding to Agricultural Projects to Advance Local Economies

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 20:48
New York has awarded more than $42 million through Governor Cuomo’s 2018 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative to support the growth of farms and food and beverage industries across the state. More than 80 agriculture-related projects…
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North Dakota Extension Sets Field to Fork Webinar Series for Specialty Crops

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 20:11
North Dakota State University Extension will host the 2019 Field to Fork webinar series on Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019, and running through April 17, 2019. In the free afternoon webinars, experts from across the region will provide information…
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Voluntary Ecosystem Services Market Development Progresses

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 20:44
Noble Research Institute has provided an update on its efforts to advance ecosystem service markets (ESM) that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems. The development team has offered a preview of the ESM protocol to a number of…
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World Resources Institute Proposes Actions for a Sustainable Food Future

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 20:20
World Resources Institute (WRI) has published 22 solutions to close the food, land, and greenhouse-gas mitigation gaps arising from the need to feed nearly 10 billion people on Earth by 2050. WRI presents its solutions in five topic areas: (1) reduce…
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Farmers Focus on Soil Health

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 17:45
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil Health A new generation of Heartland farmers is focusing on soil health, according to a feature in The Christian Science Monitor. Farmers working on slim margins can be reluctant to change the way they operate, notes the…
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University of Georgia Experts to Present at Georgia Organics Conference

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 19:56
University of Georgia scientists and staff members will be presenting research results at the Georgia Organics Conference slated for February 8-9, 2019, in Tifton. Topics will include high-tunnel production, cover crops, and nitrogen fertility…
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Texas Passes Heirs Property Legislation

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 19:29
Related ATTRA Podcast: Land Loss in African-American Communities In December, Texas became the tenth state to pass the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, reports KBTX-TV. The law provides inherited property protections to vulnerable, low- and…
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EcoFarm Announces 2019 Sustie and Justie Awards

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 14:50
The Ecological Farming Association will present its Steward of Sustainable Agriculture Awards (Susties) and the Advocates for Social Justice in Sustainable Agriculture Awards (Justies) at the annual EcoFarm Conference Awards Banquet on January 25, 2019.…
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Planning for Transition Period Important for Organic Switch

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:42
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Certification of Farms and Businesses Producing Agricultural Products Gigi DiGiacomo, co-author of Organic Transition, a Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs, offered some guidance for farmers…
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Online Exhibit Features Leaders in Preserving Heirloom Seeds

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:26
The stories of nine small seed companies that are leaders in preserving heirloom seeds are presented in an online exhibit from Seed Savers Exchange, The Rise of Heirloom Seeds. "This first wave of heirloom seed companies did not offer seed catalogs in…
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Goats Recycle Christmas Trees

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 16:11
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Vegetation Management Services In many parts of the country, people who are looking for a final use for their real Christmas trees are donating them to flocks of goats. Goat…
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Model for Organic Farm Ownership Transition Highlighted

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 20:46
A feature in Civil Eats explains how Wisconsin farmer Paul Bickford is transitioning his operation to unrelated successors John and Halee Wepking. Bickford advertised to find young farmers who share his land stewardship ethics. The Wepkings, in turn,…
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Iowa Seeks Reviewers, Comments for Specialty Crop Grants

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:45
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The Department is…
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Organizations Working for Food Equity and Health Outcomes

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:35
A "Michigan Good Food Stories" feature on Rapid Growth Media takes a look at how food equity relates to health outcomes. A charity food system that was meant to be temporary, but has become entrenched, has contributed to poor health outcomes for…
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California Beginning Farmers Benefit from Advisors, Mentors

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 21:08
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Business Planning and Marketing Beginning farmers in California are often more drawn to the outdoor aspects of the career than the business side of farming, reports Southern California Public Radio, yet when small farms fail,…
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Washington and Oregon Launch Program to Help Women Farmers, Ranchers, and Food Business Owners

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 20:30
Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) Foundation, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have launched a three-part project to help women ag entrepreneurs succeed.…
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Crop Diversity Supports Beneficial Insects that Prey on Crop Pests

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 14:26
A study in China, published in Annals of the Entomological Society of America found that polyculture supports increased populations of natural-enemy insects that prey on crop pests. The three-year study measured plant and insect biomass in plots with…
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Cornell Pollinator Network Releases Pesticide Decision Guide

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 13:53
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University recently released A Pesticide Decision-Making Guide to Protect Pollinators in Tree Fruit Orchards. The 30-page online guide provides at-a-glance perspectives on best choices for…
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FruitGuys Community Fund 2018 Grantees Share Final Reports

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:26
Each spring, The FruitGuys Community Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to small American farms for sustainability projects that have large positive impacts on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. In May 2018, 13 small farms and…
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