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Sterling College School of the New American Farmstead Announces 2017 Course Listings

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:04
The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College offers continuing education short courses for agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners. Hands-on courses are taught by some of the world's most skilled ecological farmers…
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Cornell Study Shows House Flies Could Reduce Manure, Then Create Livestock Feed

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:34
Entomology Today reported on a study at Cornell University, published in PLOS One, that investigated how house flies could be fed on cow manure and then extracted to create a larva-meal ingredient for feeding livestock or farmed fish. The research team…
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Scientists Explore Cool-Season Crops for California

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:16
Researchers at University of California Davis looked at growing the cool-season oilseed crops canola and camelina in California, reports the American Society for Agronomy. California growers usually produce warm season crops from March to October, but…
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Long-Term Focus on Soil Health Rebuilds North Dakota Farm

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 07:17
A feature in Successful Farming relates the experience of North Dakota farmer Rocky Bateman, who changed his management methods to focus on soil health and dramatically improved his yields and his farm's resilience. Bateman's farm showed organic matter…
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Penn State Research Suggests New Vision for Future of Agriculture

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 20:37
Penn State research published in Bioscience suggests that world food production likely will need to increase between 25% and 70% to meet 2050 demand, rather than needing to double as is frequently posited. However, according to the researchers, review…
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APHIS Accepting Public Comment on Revision of Biotechnology Regulations

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:54
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to revise its regulations at 7 CFR part 340 regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. This is the first…
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SARE Releases Revised On-Farm Research Publication

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:37
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released a revised version of its publication How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch. The 32-page free publication provides detailed instructions for crop and livestock producers, as…
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CCOF Honors National Co+op Grocers with its First 'Organic Champion' Award

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:31
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) honored National Co+op Grocers (NCG) with its first CCOF Foundation Organic Champion Award at the 2017 CCOF Annual Conference, "Organic Innovation and Inspiration: Ideas that Are Changing the Way We Grow." The…
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New App Will Help Farmers Protect Pollinators

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:26
University of Vermont researchers have introduced a new mobile app that will calculate the crop productivity and pollination benefits of supporting endangered bees. The app, which will launch later this year, allows users to explore different land…
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Harvest Crew Handbook Available Online

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:41
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Bakers' Acres LLC have published Pack Shed Rules, an employee handbook that offers an introduction to harvest-to-sale handling concepts for produce. The 18-page publication is available free online in…
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Agroforestry Publication Introduces Riparian Forest Buffers

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 17:30
USDA National Agroforestry Center has released Riparian Forest Buffers: An Agroforestry Practice, an eight-page publication in its series Agroforestry Notes. The publication introduces riparian forest buffers and their benefits in terms of protecting…
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Cropland Grazing Exchange Introduced in Minnesota

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 16:57
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing IncomeThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture, NRCS, and Sustainable Farming Association have developed a website intended to match up livestock…
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Webinar Series Focuses on Cropping Strategies for Managing Soil Health

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:40
Penn State Extension's 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series addresses topics related to soil health in three one-hour sessions each featuring two speakers. Recordings are available from the February 6 session featuring "Fungal Endophytes: Fungi…
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Fourth Edition of Annotated Bibliography on Racism in the Food System Released

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:15
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System: Fourth Edition. This resource identifies literature that links the social construction of whiteness…
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Leopold Center Awards Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Grants

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:54
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants for 21 new research and demonstration projects that will aid in the advancement of sustainable agriculture while protecting Iowa’s soil and water and help Iowa citizens increase the…
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USDA Seeks Local Food Grant Reviewers

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 14:01
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). All interested agricultural…
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Texas Small Producers Invited to Participate in Needs Assessment

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 13:43
Researchers from Texas State University are collaborating with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Johnny’s Selected Seed, the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Texas Organic Farmers…
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AMS Extends Comment Period for Sunset Amendments to National List

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 13:30
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List proposed rule by 30 days to April 19, 2017. The proposed rule would remove eleven substances from the National List of Allowed…
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Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Abstracts and Poster Summaries Online

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:44
The Organic Farming Research Foundation hosted the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) in Kentucky on January 25-26, 2017. The event featured presentations and discussion on organic agriculture topics ranging from soil health and pest…
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Reminder: Participate in National Young Farmers Coalition Survey

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:02
The National Young Farmers Coalition's (NYFC) 2017 online survey is open until February 28. The survey is conducted every five years by NYFC in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Farmers…
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