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Research Reveals Some Plants Attract Beneficial Microbes

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:33
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 - 14:23
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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Solar-Energy Facilities Could Provide Pollinator Habitat

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:51
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory say that utility-scale solar energy (USSE) facilities could provide important habitat for pollinators that help with the production of food. The researchers say that land…
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Organic Corn-Breeding Project Progresses

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:49
A four-year organic corn-breeding project led by the University of Illinois is progressing with its on-farm testing of new varieties of organic corn, reports Agri-News. A July field day featured one of the sites where farmers are testing corn germplasm…
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USDA Releases Chesapeake Bay Action Plan

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 19:48
USDA has released a Chesapeake Bay Watershed Action Plan that outlines Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) goals for the next three years for improving the water quality and overall health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The plan relies on…
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Solar-Energy Facilities Could Provide Pollinator Habitat

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:44
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory say that utility-scale solar energy (USSE) facilities could provide important habitat for pollinators that help with the production of food. The researchers say that land…
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Organic Corn-Breeding Project Progresses

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:18
A four-year organic corn-breeding project led by the University of Illinois is progressing with its on-farm testing of new varieties of organic corn, reports Agri-News. A July field day featured one of the sites where farmers are testing corn germplasm…
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USDA Releases Chesapeake Bay Action Plan

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:42
USDA has released a Chesapeake Bay Watershed Action Plan that outlines Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) goals for the next three years for improving the water quality and overall health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The plan relies on…
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Organic Trade Association Announces Organic Leadership Awards

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 05:55
The Organic Trade Association has announced its honorees for this year's Organic Leadership Awards. The Growing Organic Industry Award will be presented to Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association. The Rising Star Award will…
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Beef Cattle Cost Study Available for California

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 05:54
Related ATTRA Publication: Building a Montana Organic Livestock Industry The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center has released a cost study for a beef cattle operation on California's Central Coast.…
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American Land Use in Graphics

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 05:51
A feature from Bloomberg uses USDA land-use data to generate graphics that illustrate the geographical distribution and the comparative amounts of land in different usage categories. Multiple maps and charts included in the feature illustrate the amount…
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Organic Trade Association Announces Organic Leadership Awards

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 15:57
The Organic Trade Association has announced its honorees for this year's Organic Leadership Awards. The Growing Organic Industry Award will be presented to Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association. The Rising Star Award will…
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Beef Cattle Cost Study Available for California

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 15:30
Related ATTRA Publication: Building a Montana Organic Livestock IndustryThe University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Issues Center has released a cost study for a beef cattle operation on California's Central Coast. Based…
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American Land Use in Graphics

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 15:19
A feature from Bloomberg uses USDA land-use data to generate graphics that illustrate the geographical distribution and the comparative amounts of land in different usage categories. Multiple maps and charts included in the feature illustrate the amount…
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Missouri Farms Have Potential to Store Carbon Through Conservation Practices

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:41
Soil Solutions: Climate-Smart Farming in the Show Me State, a new report from Climate Central, analyzes the extent to which use of conservation farming practices can reduce carbon pollution and yield carbon savings in Missouri. The research report found…
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Soil Carbon Entering Atmosphere Faster as Temperatures Warm, Says Study

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:32
A study led by the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership between the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland, says that soil carbon is entering Earth's atmosphere at an increasing rate,…
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Montana Local Food Challenge Set for August

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 07:02
For the month of August, Northern Plains Resource Council is challenging Montanans to eat more local foods, to ask for more local foods in their communities, and to help support Montana agriculture in a giant way. The challenge asks participants to…
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Western Governors' Association Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative to Hold Regional Workshops

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:55
The Western Governors' Association has announced that the Chairman's Initiative of Hawaii Governor David Ige, the Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, will hold four regional workshops. The initiative is focusing on the impacts that nuisance…
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Minnesota Awards Good Food Access Grants and Urban Ag Grants

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:32
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded a total of $233,750 in grants to nine statewide projects under the new AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program. This program encourages agricultural education for urban youth and urban agriculture…
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Furrow-Irrigated Rice Helps Louisiana Farmer Save Water and Energy

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 16:12
A video posted by LSU AgCenter showcases St. Landry Parish rice farmer Charlie Fontenot's row rice. Rather than being kept flooded, the rice is planted in furrows and irrigated only when needed. This way the rice uses only half as much water as…
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