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Canada Proposes Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:34
Following special reviews for two neonicotinoid pesticides, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has found that these substances are being measured in the environment at levels that are harmful to aquatic…
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Sharing Landscapes Between Agriculture and Conservation Can Provide Food and Habitat

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 18:25
New research discussed in The Conversation indicates that managing landscapes so they are shared between agriculture and nature conservation could preserve habitat for other species with only a 3% loss in food calories produced. This optimized scenario…
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Abstracts Requested for Organic Agriculture Research Forum

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:21
Organic Farming Research Foundation is inviting submission of abstracts for consideration for presentation at the 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum, to be presented in partnership with Organicology on February 16, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.…
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Agroforestry Guidebook Offers Ways to Integrate Tree Crops

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:16
Related ATTRA Publication: Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards A new publication from the Savanna Institute, Perennial Pathways: Planting Tree Crops, describes ways to integrate perennial crops on your farm. The 110-page guidebook to…
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North Central Region SARE Announces Grant Recipients

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:09
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Research and Education, Graduate Student, and Professional Development competitive grants. Through these three programs, 48…
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USDA's Website Adds Disaster Assistance Tool

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:40
Related ATTRA Publication: Drought and Disaster Resources for Texas Producers USDA's new website,, has updated tools and information to help agricultural producers identify the right programs and make decisions for their operations. One of…
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Learning from the Sound of Soil

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 21:18
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research have been investigating acoustic monitoring of soil. They found that the sound of root growth and worm activity can be monitored to measure biological activity. The…
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Cover Crops Affect Sweet Potato Nitrogen

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 20:59
Related ATTRA Publication: Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas A study of how much nitrogen is needed to maximize sweet potato yields in Brazil revealed that cover crops have an affect on how much nitrogen is needed, reports the American Society…
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Savory Institute a Recipient of Keeling Curve Prize

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:34
Related ATTRA Publication: Nutrient Cycling in Pastures The Savory Institute, which facilitates large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands through Holistic Management, has been named one of 10 recipients of the first annual Keeling Curve Prize, a…
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Survey Informs Efforts for Regional Brand Development in St. Louis

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:42
Related ATTRA Publication: Food Hubs: A Producer Guide Missouri Coalition for the Environment, as part of its work convening the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, is looking to help farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis reach new markets and grow their…
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Risk Management Agency Introduces Dairy Revenue Protection Insurance

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:28
Related ATTRA Publication: Primer on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance: Updates for 2018 USDA Risk Management Agency has announced a new insurance plan for dairy producers that insures against unexpected declines in quarterly milk sales and…
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Court Orders EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:22
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must finalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos based on findings that it is unsafe for public health. In particular, the court cited scientific evidence that…
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Land Stewardship Project Accepting Applications for Farm Beginnings

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:58
Land Stewardship Project is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Farm Beginnings class. Farm Beginnings is a year-long training program that focuses on the goal-setting, marketing, and financial skills needed to establish a successful farm…
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Farm Tour Highlights Conservation Measures

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:52
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently held a farm tour as part of DEP Connects, a new program inviting the public to engage with DEP in their communities. At this event, participants toured the Ted and Tracey Barbour…
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Purdue Extension Offers Prevention Education for Opioid Crisis

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:46
Purdue Extension has launched a website as part of its efforts to provide community-based prevention education to address the opioid crisis. The site provides information on Extension programs and resources available to people throughout Indiana. These…
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On-Farm Readiness Reviews Offered to Help Pennsylvania Farmers Comply with FSMA

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:08
Related ATTRA Resource: Food Safety Penn State Extension has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on a new, voluntary program to conduct informal farm evaluations for food safety. On-Farm Readiness Reviews are opportunities for…
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USDA Announces Fall NOSB Meeting

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 07:42
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet October 24-26, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due…
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Project Helping Minnesota and Wisconsin Farms Learn to Serve Food

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:59
Related ATTRA Resource: Value-Added Food ProductsCome & Get It!, a project led by the Minnesota-based nonprofit Renewing the Countryside, is offering training and resources to support farmers in launching farm-based food businesses in Minnesota and…
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Research Reveals Some Plants Attract Beneficial Microbes

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:33
Research at the University of California Riverside showed that some plants are able to surround themselves with beneficial soil microbes, promoting their own growth. This study found that the ability to recruit beneficial microbes is genetic, with some…
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New Pest-Monitoring Device Headed for Commercialization

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:23
FlightSensor is an insect-monitoring device create by startup company FarmSense that its developers say could help reduce pesticide use. The FlightSensor combines insect traps with sensors that detect insect species based on wingbeat frequency and…
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