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North Central Region SARE Announces Grant Recipients

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:54
The North Central Region of Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) has announced the 2017 recipients of its Youth Educator Grants, Partnership Grants, and Farmer Rancher Grants. For the 2017 Youth Educator Grant Program, NCR-SARE…
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Midwest Cover Crops Council Meeting Proceedings Online

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:45
The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) has posted the proceedings of its 2017 meeting, held in March. State reports from the MCCC business meeting are available, as well as the keynote speech on cover crop termination by Dale Shaner. Numerous…
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Camelina Oil Approved in Canada as Feed for Farmed Fish

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:32
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has approved mechanically extracted camelina oil as a feed ingredient for farmed salmon and trout. A recently completed large-scale study of camelina oil managed by Genome Atlantic found camelina to be an…
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Our Farms, Our Future Conference Set for April 2018

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 19:48
SARE and NCAT/ATTRA will host the Our Farms, Our Future conference April 3-5, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community: farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, agribusiness,…
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Cornell Research Finds Pesticides in Honeybees' Stored Food

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:08
A new Cornell University study examined beebread, food stored by 120 honeybee hives placed near apple orchards in New York State, and found 17% of colonies showed acutely high levels of pesticide exposure, while 73% were found to have chronic exposure.…
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USGS Interactive Map Shows Changes in Water Quality

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:41
U.S. Geological Survey has developed an interactive map that provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our nation's rivers and streams between 1972 and 2012. The interactive map can be used to see whether 51 water-quality…
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Annual Cover Crop Survey Invites Farmer Participation

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:36
Farmers across the country are asked to share their cover crop information in the annual survey conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), and the American Seed…
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Canadian Research to Focus on Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:21
University of Alberta scientists have received funding from Canada's federal government for three projects that will create technologies, practices and processes that can be adopted by farmers to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. One project is a…
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Soil Health Efforts Gain Backing of Major Food Manufacturer

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:15
Leaders from General Mills, The Nature Conservancy, the Soil Health Institute, and the Soil Health Partnership have announced a collaborative effort to advance soil health on America's farms and ranches, paving the way for measurable economic and…
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Cornell Small Farms Program Offers Farmer Funding Information

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:57
Cornell Small Farms Program has updated its Funding Portal, which provides information on grants, loans/finances, and more for farmers and agricultural educators. The portal features four Farm Finance webinar recordings, including Free Money? Finding…
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Insectary Plant Information Online from UC IPM

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:46
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & ResourcesThe University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) has published information on insectary plants online. Insectary plants…
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Economic Impact of Agritourism in Virginia Calculated in New Report

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:01
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling with: Agritourism and "Pick-Your-Own"A new economic impact study, conducted by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, shows that Virginia's agritourism industry accounts for $2.2 billion in economic…
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USDA Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:38
USDA has announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and…
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Study Ranks Production Attributes Most Important to Consumers for Livestock Products

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:58
Related ATTRA Publication: Direct Marketing Lamb: A PathwayA recent University of Illinois study ranked seven livestock production attributes on which were most important to buyers of beef, chicken, milk, and eggs. The top three attributes consumers…
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Cover Crops May Help Agriculture Mitigate Climate Change

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:41
Related ATTRA Resources: Soils and Compost VideosA Penn State University researcher says cover crops can play an important role in climate-change mitigation and adaptation. Cover-cropping initiatives in Pennsylvania and central Spain showed that…
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Texas Stewardship Week Highlights Importance of Voluntary Stewardship in Protecting Water

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:05
Related NCAT Resource: Soil for WaterThe Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Texas Wildlife Association and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers…
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Organic Check-Off Comment Period Ends April 19

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:03
CCOF has issued a reminder that the last day for the public to submit comments to the National Organic Program on the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order is April 19. The Organic Check-Off would create a 17-member governance board of…
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Local Food Guide Provides Directory for Southern Appalachian Mountains

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:43
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) has released its 2017 Local Food Guide, a free directory of local food and family farms in the Southern Appalachian mountains. ASAP notes that this year's guide has new sections including a regional…
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High Tunnels Tested for Berry Production in University of Arkansas Study

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 16:56
Related ATTRA Publication: Brambles: Organic ProductionA Southern-SARE funded study by the University of Arkansas found that high tunnels can increase berry yields, extend the season, and improve fruit quality, but that pest management can be a…
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New York Farms Awarded Climate Resilient Farming Grants

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 16:37
The second round of New York's Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants on behalf of farmers to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts in six regions across the state. Launched by the Governor in 2015,…
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