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Online Financial-Education Tool Helps Farmers Buying Land

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:21
Related ATTRA Publication: Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning FarmersNational Young Farmers Coalition has introduced a beta version of Finding Farmland, an online financial-education tool for farmers buying land. The tool includes a Land…
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Warm-Season Annual Grasses Can Improve Pasture for Northern Horses

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:02
Research at the University of Minnesota found that warm-season grasses grown as annuals could improve the quality of horse pasture in northern climates, reports the American Society of Agronomy. Perennial cool-season annuals dominate northern pastures,…
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How an Iowa Farm is Transitioning to Organic Row Crops

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:27
Keota, Iowa, father-son farmers Trent and Levi Lyle are transitioning a 40-acre field to organic production, reports Ag Update. The Lyles discussed the price premium available for organic crops, the cost-share programs that can help support the…
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Stanford Research Explores Soil Carbon-Storage Potential

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:56
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon SequestrationStanford University scientists have recently published their work on soil carbon-storage potential. The researchers found that agricultural management practices like reduced…
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Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant Awards Announced by USDA

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:16
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has announced the award of more than $13 million in Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants. Fifty-two projects in 33 states received funding for projects that would increase consumption of locally and regionally…
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Organic Farming and Ranching Grants

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:58
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced grants through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Organic Transitions Program (ORG). In FY 2017, 24 new grants totaling $20.15 million were made…
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Study Finds Insect Resistance to Transgenic Crops Surging

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:31
An analysis of global data on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)-modified crop use and pest responses by University of Arizona researchers found that cases of pest resistance to genetically engineered crops increased by more than fivefold in the past decade.…
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Food Safety Survey Deadline Extended to October 31

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:17
The Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC), which provides specialized training, education, and outreach to local farmers and processors, wants to know how it can best help with food safety. Produce growers, farmers, and food hubs are invited to take an…
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Organic Grain Projects to Aid Producers in Transitioning

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:04
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Small Grain Production OverviewTwo new Extension projects will help grain producers transition to organic production. In one project a team from Texas A&M AgriLife will compare transitional organic and conventional…
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California Farm Academy Accepting Applications for Beginning Farmer Training and Apprenticeships

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:48
The California Farm Academy is accepting applications for both its Beginning Farmer Training Program and its Apprenticeship Program. The Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their…
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Apple Pollinizers Affect Fruit Set and Quality

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:41
Related ATTRA Publication: Apples: Organic Production GuideResearchers at Purdue University found that the type of tree used for a pollinator in apple orchards can affect the amount of fruit that sets on trees. Orchardists frequently plant crab apple…
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Analysis Considers Tipping Point of Chemical Weed Control

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:23
Related ATTRA Publications: Weed ManagementAdam Davis, ecologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois and USDA Agricultural Research Service, worked with George Frisvold, an economist at the University of Arizona, to explore…
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USDA Suspends CRP Enrollment Acceptance Temporarily

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:53
USDA has announced that it is accepting all pending continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrollment offers that were made from May 4, 2017, through September 30, 2017, but it will suspend acceptance of most new offers until later in the 2018…
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California Governor Signs Farmer Equity Act

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 16:02
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires California officials to focus on and address the challenges facing farmers of color in the state by making access to state and federal resources more equitable. The Farmer Equity Act,…
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National Farm to School Network Seeks Advisory Board Nominees

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:05
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) invites you to nominate members to its Advisory Board for three-year terms starting January 2018. There are currently five open positions for the Advisory Board, with nominations due by October 16, 2017.…
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University of Minnesota Conducting Organic Swine Survey

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:59
The University of Minnesota's Alternative Swine Research Group is launching its NIFA-funded Organic Swine Planning Project with a survey to identify key issues that need to be addressed in organic swine production. The online survey takes less than five…
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Appalachian Beekeeping Collective Helps Coal Country Transition to Beekeeping

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:01
The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is helping the coal-mining country of southern West Virginia seize a new economic opportunity, reports Ohio Ag Connection. The collective is breeding regionally suited, mite-resistant bees and constructing a…
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Neonicotinoid Insecticides Found in 75% of Global Honey Samples

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:49
A project by University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, tested honey samples contributed by citizen scientists from around the world for pesticide contamination. The Guardian reports that nearly 200 samples were analyzed for neonicotinoid insecticides and…
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National Good Food Network Conference Accepting Session Proposals

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:36
The National Good Food Network Conference is seeking sessions that offer stories, tools, strategies, and lessons learned that will make for interactive and innovative presentations, workshops, panels, and trainings. Sessions should build participant…
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Video Highlights Carbon Storage Potential of Organic Soils

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:26
The Organic Center has announced a new video that explains the findings of a new study in conjunction with Northeastern University. The study found that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances. This means that not only is…
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