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Cover Crops Evaluated as Weed Control in Vegetable Crops

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 06:28
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has published a research brief on a study of how fall-sown cover crops perform as a weed control in organic vegetable plantings. Fall-Sown Cover Crops and Weed…
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Steve Thompson Named as New Executive Director of NCAT

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:29
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has named Steve Thompson as the organization's new Executive Director. Thompson replaces Kathleen Hadley, who has served as NCAT's leader since 1997 and has been on staff for more than 30 years.…
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South Dakota Study on Conservation Benefits Seeks Producer Participants

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:38
Researchers with the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU are working with SDSU Extension, faculty and staff on a study to help determine the long-term economic benefits of conservation practices, such as no-till, cover crops and diverse…
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Rangeland Analysis Platform Aids in Land-Use Decisions

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 19:10
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is an online tool that shows rangeland resources from America's Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean and provides the ability to monitor rangelands across time and space. It was created in collaboration with the USDA…
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Biochar Helps Soil Store Carbon

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 18:49
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture Research funded by the European Union is demonstrating the value of biochar as a means of improving soil's carbon-storage capacity, reports Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation…
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Study Shows Glyphosate May Contribute to Bee Decline

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:03
Researchers at the University of Texas found that honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria. Scientists…
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Grass-Fed, Antibiotic-Free Beef Offers Market Niche

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 10:18
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic and Grass-finished Beef Cattle Production Some Kansas beef producers are meeting market demand for antibiotic-free meat by tracking herd treatment, reports Midwest Messenger. The featured producers raise grass-finished…
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Mobile Farmers Market Expands Produce Access

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:07
The "Beet Box," a mobile farmers market supported by the Goshen Market Foundation and numerous community partners, is bringing fresh produce to food deserts in Illinois communities, reports Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Goshen Market…
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Iowa Schools Encouraged to Participate in Local Food Day October 11

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:50
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling to Institutional Markets Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowa schools to participate in Iowa Local Food Day on October 11 by serving two or more dishes of Iowa-grown or Iowa-raised…
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USDA Awards Grants to Increase Farmer and Rancher Opportunity through Five Programs

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:11
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has announced the award of $102.7 million to increase opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and other growers across the country through five grant programs. These include the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the…
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Food Innovation Team Aiding Minnesota Food Entrepreneurs with Safety, Licensing

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:04
Minnesota's new Food Innovation Team, a subcommittee of Minnesota's Food Safety and Defense Task Force, will help shepherd food entrepreneurs through the state's licensing process. The team will help resolve issues with new food licenses that are…
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Farm Safety Webinars Offered

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:19
In observance of National Farm Safety and Health Week, September 16-22, 2018, the AgriSafe Network is offering five free webinars that tie in with the theme, "Cultivating the Seeds of Safety." One webinar was introduced each day of the week, and the…
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Report Values Ecosystem Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:32
Delta Institute, Farmland LP, and Earth Economics have released a report that demonstrates $21.4 million in net ecosystem service value benefits using regenerative farm management practices at scale. USDA funded a study for the partners to generate a…
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California Announces Award of Specialty Crop Grants

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:17
California Department of Food and Agriculture announced that the state has received $22.6 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.…
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Southeast Organic Partnership Offers Vegetable Production Information

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:07
Related ATTRA Publication: Tipsheet: Organic Pest Management The Southeast Organic Partnership has posted a series of eight "Lunchbox Meetings," virtual sessions with 36 farmers who are hosting organic research plots on their farms, collaborators on an…
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Nebraska Farm Bureau Creates Health Insurance Group for Farmers, Ranchers

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:56
Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) has announced that individual farm and ranch families in Nebraska will have the opportunity to join its new large group Association Health Plan (AHP) so that they can avoid the higher cost of premiums in the individual…
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Tarping Tested as Weed Control for Organic Vegetables

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:28
eOrganic has posted articles from students at the University of Maine and at Cornell University on the use of tarping to control weeds in organic vegetables. Both student projects considered the use of black tarps as an effective weed control in the…
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Kansas Specialty-Crop Grower Finds Success with Diversity

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:38
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling with: Agritourism and "Pick-Your-Own" The second installment in Kansas Rural Center's series of features on specialty-crop growers showcases Gieringer's Orchard and Berry Farm, in Edgerton, Kansas. The…
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USDA Invites Public Comment on Standard Indicators and Laboratory Procedures to Assess Soil Health

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:54
USDA is releasing a set of standard indicators and associated laboratory procedures to assess soil health. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted a draft Technical Note detailing these soil health indicators and associated…
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Report Explores How Organic Agriculture Reduces Pesticide Exposure for Farmworkers

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:48
The Organic Center has released a new report, titled Organic Agriculture: Reducing occupational pesticide exposure in farmers and farmworkers. In its study, the Organic Center synthesized more than 120 research studies from around the world to…
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