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National Cover Crop Research Initiative Launched

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:50
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation have launched a $6.6 million national cover crop research initiative that will promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops…
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Texas Study Shows Multi-Paddock Grazing Reduces Runoff, Enhances Water Retention

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:40
Related ATTRA Resource: Managed Grazing TutorialA Texas A&M AgriLife Research study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment journal evaluated the influence of continuous and multi-paddock grazing practices on runoff, sediment, and…
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Barbed Wire Undamaged by Grass Fires, Study Shows

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 13:21
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering producers with fence damaged by grass fires some good news: although wood posts and stays may need to be replaced, barbed wire can probably be reused. Repairing, rather than replacing, fire-damaged…
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Organic Seed Sessions from Organicology Available Online

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:31
In collaboration with the Organic Seed Alliance, eOrganic recorded three sessions on organic seeds at the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon on February 3, 2017. "Got Seed?" demonstrates the importance of organic seed to the success of the…
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NRCS Pilot Offers Free Conservation Planning in Six North Arkansas Counties

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:02
Landowners in Baxter, Fulton, Izard, Marion, Searcy, and Stone counties of Arkansas can request a free conservation plan through a pilot program offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project, designed to combine the farming or…
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Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program Listening Sessions Scheduled

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 19:31
USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is currently evaluating the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program. This evaluation is to determine whether the pilot crop insurance program for banana, papaya, and coffee fruits should be converted to…
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USDA Announces Aid for Midwest Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Fire

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:19
Related ATTRA Publication: Disaster Assistance for Agricultural ProducersUSDA has announced the availability of more than $6 million in funding to implement practices that will help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners affected by wildfires in…
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Study Suggests Antibiotics Could Play a Role in Disappearing Honeybees

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:11
A new study from The University of Texas at Austin suggests that antibiotics could play a role in honeybee deaths, as researchers found that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment as a group of…
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Research Explores How Plants Use Limited Phosphate Efficiently

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:12
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published their work that explored how a particular protein is related to the development of soil microbe communities that can help the plant be more efficient in its uptake of…
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Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Farmers Transitioning to Organic

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:04
A joint report released by Oregon Tilth and Oregon State University’s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems highlights key recommendations for organizations and agencies that can provide support in crop research, infrastructure, and market…
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Materials for Spring NOSB Meeting Published

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:52
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, Colorado, April 19-21, 2017. During the meeting, which is open to the…
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Adirondack Fibershed Launches

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:47
The Adirondack Fibershed has been launched as an affiliate of the original Fibershed concept in northern California, a non-profit organization. The motto is "local fiber, local dye, local labor" and the goal is to bring the same awareness many have…
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Report Highlights Opportunities to Support Organic Transition

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:42
A new report from EWG, Growing Organic: Expanding Opportunities for U.S. Farmers by Supporting Organic Transition, shows how Congress could reform existing programs to help growers transition away from farming that relies on chemical pesticides and…
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National Biodiesel Day Observed March 18

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:26
Related ATTRA Resources: BiodieselRudolf Diesel's birthday, March 18, is observed as National Biodiesel Day. The National Biodiesel Board points out in Biodiesel Magazine that 64,000 U.S. jobs are supported by biodiesel. Made from an increasingly…
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Census of Agriculture Set for 2017

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:08
The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. It is conducted every five years by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and…
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Direct-Marketing Factsheet Addresses Mobile Media Marketing

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:28
Related ATTRA Publication: Social Media Tools for Farm Product MarketingOhio State University Extension has released a new factsheet for direct marketers. This online resource summarizes what marketers need to do in order to manage their online…
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Wild Relatives of Sunflowers Help Breeders Improve Crop

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:54
Sunflowers are providing an example of how wild relatives of crop plants can help improve those crops, according to the American Society of Agronomy. Sunflower ranks fifth among crops important for global food security in the use of traits from wild…
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Researchers Explore Which Farmers Would Adopt Multifunctional Perennial Cropping Systems

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 15:04
A group of researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems (MPCs)—trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value…
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Wisconsin Farm to School Success Stories Featured

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:31
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at University of Wisconsin - Madison has published two new two-page Farm to School Success Stories. Sheboygan Falls: Farm to High School relates how the school has focused on preserving the substantial…
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Session Proposals Sought for Community Food Systems Conference

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:12
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is seeking proposals for workshop sessions at its Community Food Systems Conference, to be held December 5-7, 2017, in Boston. This conference will explore the intersection of food security, social justice, and…
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