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Farm Bill Conference Committee Delivers Final Bill

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:18
The 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released a final bill for Congress to vote on. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) notes that the bill provides permanent, baseline funding for significant programs such as the Beginning…
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Wisconsin Awards Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:32
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced that 24 groups of farmers who will work with conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues tailored to their local conditions will receive $750,000…
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Minnesota Announces State-Specific Dicamba Restriction

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:26
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a state-specific restriction for the use of the herbicide dicamba in Minnesota for the 2019 growing season, in addition to those established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The…
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Role of Animals in Carbon Storage Explored in Research

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:03
Research published in Science explored the role of animals in an ecosystem's ability to store carbon. An interdisciplinary international team of researchers found that the presence of wild animals in a landscape could increase or decrease rates of…
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North Central Region SARE Seeks Administrative Council Members

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 19:54
North Central Region SARE is seeking nominees for two seats on its Administrative Council: a farmer or rancher representative and a non-profit organization representative. Council members must live and work in one of the 12 states that comprise the…
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Fund Offers Low-Interest Loans to Carolina Farmers for Hurricane Recovery

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:21
The Natural Capital Investment Fund has launched the RESEED Recovery Fund, a $250,000 program that will provide low-interest, easily accessible loans to North Carolina and South Carolina farmers and value-added producers who sustained damages from…
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Organic Grower Summit Selects Thaddeus Barsotti as Grower of the Year

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:13
CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) have announced long-time organic grower Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic and Farm Fresh To You as the recipient of the Organic Grower Summit's Grower of the Year. Barsotti was selected based on his ongoing…
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Farm Financing Course Offered Free Online

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:37
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Getting Started in Farming: An Introduction to Farm Business Planning Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) partnered with the farm business management staff of Western Technical College to create a series of…
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Rice Shows Promise for Phytoremediation of Agricultural Pesticides

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 21:24
The American Society of Agronomy reports that rice plants could help remove chemicals from agricultural runoff before it reaches surface water. USDA Agricultural Research Service tests showed that in fields of rice plants flooded with a mix of water and…
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California Rangeland Stewards Showcased on World Soils Day

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 21:06
In honor of World Soil Day on December 5, California Rangeland Trust posted a feature on Scott and Karen Stone of Yolo Land & Cattle Company and their approach to soil health. Yolo Land & Cattle Company uses rotational grazing and composting to…
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Purdue Study Identifies Hot Spots for New American Farmers

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:07
Purdue University environmental anthropologist Andrew Flachs has published a paper in Rural Sociology that identifies hot spots where younger people new to agricultural work are taking up farming. Many of these hot spots are on the peripheries of hip…
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USDA Offers Assistance for GAP Audits in 16 States

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:02
Related ATTRA Publication: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm USDA has announced that it will provide $3.7 million to help defray the costs of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits for fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states.…
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Guide Explains How Organic Farming Practices Mitigate Climate Change

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:52
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has released the eighth guidebook in their Soil Health and Organic Farming Series, Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration. This guide examines research related to the…
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USDA Encourages Market-Based and Other Approaches to Reducing Excess Nutrients in Waterways

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 16:33
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal, and federal efforts to reduce…
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Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance Offers Early Bird Discount, Farmer Scholarships

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:10
The Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance, scheduled for February 6-7, 2019, in Chico Hot Springs, is offering early-bird registration discounts until December 15, 2018. The Summit will be a gathering of people who share a common interest in helping…
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Study Looks at Barriers to Conservation on Rented Land

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 08:01
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Farm Leases and Contracts: Creating Smart, Effective Documents A study by Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy explored barriers to implementing conservation practices on the roughly 39% of U.S. farmland that…
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Pennsylvania Permitting Industrial Hemp Research; New Mexico Approves Industrial Hemp Regulations

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 17:39
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is offering 60 permits for industrial hemp research in 2019. The Department of Agriculture will select projects based on a complete program application and merit of the proposed research. Under the program, the…
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The Fruit Guys Community Fund Seeks Small-Farm Grant Reviewer Volunteers

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:37
The Fruit Guys Community Fund is seeking volunteers to join its annual small-farm grant review committee. Volunteers to donate eight to 10 hours as part of the farm grant application review process. The participation is mostly virtual, and takes place…
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NRCS Announces Extended Renewal Opportunity for Expiring CSP Contracts

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:30
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that producers with existing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts will be given the opportunity to renew their contracts in 2019. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition…
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Diversity Helps Sustain Kansas Farm

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:38
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Scaling Up for Regional Markets The final installment in a series of five farmer profiles distributed by the Kansas Rural Center features Nina and Jeter Isely of Y Knot Farm in Bird City, Kansas. The couple runs a diversified…
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