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California to Increase Regulations on Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:59
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment are pursuing health protections on one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the nation, chlorpyrifos. The Department of Pesticide…
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NOFA Vermont Requests Workshop Proposals for Winter Conference

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:10
NOFA Vermont is requesting proposals for interactive workshops to be given at its annual winter conference, February 17-19, 2018, in Burlington, Vermont. Proposals for 1.25-hour workshops, 2.5-hour workshops, and intensive full-day workshops are being…
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Illinois Project Uses Mowed Right-of-Way for Biomass Energy

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:02
The Illinois Department of Transportation plans a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing 10 acres of highway right-of-way. The operation will produce standard operating procedures and a strategic plan to scale up…
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Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program Pilot Launched

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:54
The Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) is accepting applications for its pilot program. Five to 10 farms will be accepted into the pilot program, which will inform the final parameters of the Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program,…
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Saline Aquifers Could Make Local Midwest Seafood Viable

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:43
A study by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant-funded researchers explored the possibility of producing marine fish in the Midwest using saltwater trapped underground. The study considered local saline water resources brought to the surface regularly in oil and…
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Mobile Drip Irrigation Offers Benefits of Two Systems

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:25
Some Idaho farmers are retrofitting center pivots with long hoses to ground level, ending in drip emitters, to create mobile drip irrigation, reports the Times-News. The systems combine the benefits of a center pivot with the savings of drip irrigation.…
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University Offers Organic Livestock Course

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:15
Delaware Valley University will begin offering a new Organic Livestock Management course starting in the fall 2017 semester. Rodale Institute Farm Manager Ross Duffield will be teaching the course. Students will examine feeding, healthcare, and grazing…
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Photovoice Project Helps Farmers Educate Decision-Makers on Resilience

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:36
In the Photovoice Project hosted by the Snohomish Conservation District and The Nature Conservancy in Washington, seven farms addressed the questions "Why is agriculture important to our community?" and "What are the major challenges facing…
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Trials Test Compost Extract for Weed Suppression

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:49
BioCycle reported on Rodale Institute greenhouse and field trials of chemically and microbially designed compost extracts (CMD-CE) on weed expression and crop germination. Researchers found in greenhouse trials that varying the nitrate and…
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Local Food Systems Help Build Bridges

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:21
A University of Kansas researcher found that development of local food systems helped disparate groups to bridge their gaps and find common ground. Doctoral candidate in Sociology Ruth Stamper interviewed Kansas and Missouri farmers seeking to develop…
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Water Quality Slow to Recover from Agricultural Pollution

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:00
Related ATTRA Publication: Protecting Riparian Areas: Farmland Management StrategiesTime lags between implementation of agricultural conservation measures and real improvements in water quality are often on the order of decades, says a study by the…
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Research Demonstrates Oceans' Potential to Support Aquaculture

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:05
A study led by scientists from UC Santa Barbara, and including researchers from the Nature Conservancy, UCLA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows that ocean aquaculture could produce 15 billion metric tons of finfish annually.…
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Agriculture and Food Systems Planning Guide Published

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:20
American Farmland Trust and Growing Food Connections have announced the publication of GROWING LOCAL: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems. The national guide showcases ways communities can strengthen their food systems through…
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ATTRA Chat Service Provides Real-Time Access to Agriculture Experts

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:58
The National Center for Appropriate Technology has introduced a chat service on its ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to chat in real time with sustainable agriculture experts during weekday business hours.…
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Research Explores Multifunctional Woody Polyculture

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:53
Related ATTRA Publication: of Illinois researchers are conducting long-term trials of berry- and nut-bearing shrubs and trees intercropped with hay or other row crops. The…
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Drinking-Water-Safety Resources Offered Online

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 13:50
Environmental Working Group (EWG) has posted a drinking-water-safety guide on using private wells. The feature discusses the potential for contaminants in well water and suggests water testing. It provides resources for further information. In addition,…
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Report on Meat Processing in Michigan Available

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:27
Related ATTRA Publication: Working with Your Meat ProcessorMichigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released Developing Michigan Meat Processing, Part 1: Processing and Regulation. This report presents challenges and opportunities…
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Research Reveals Duration of Drought Recovery

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 07:29
Related ATTRA Publication: Drought Resistant SoilA study from the University of Utah, published in Nature, shows that the length of recovery from drought varies according to climatic conditions following the drought and the region of the world.…
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Healthy Soils Help Combat Flood and Drought, Says Study

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:55
A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists performed a review of 150 field studies on practices that make soil more sponge-like and improve infiltration and porosity. These practices included no-till cropping; planting of cover crops between cash crop…
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Soil Health Indicators Recommended

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:34
The Soil Health Institute has announced the release of nationwide Tier 1 indicators of soil health. During the last three years, scientists from public and private sectors, farmers, field conservationists, soil test laboratories and many others provided…
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