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Papers Explore Aspects of Northeast Food System

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:53
Researchers who cooperated in the Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) project have published three papers related to their work with the Northeast food system in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and…
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Online Tool Helps Monitor Weather-Induced Cattle Stress

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:44
The new National Cattle Comfort Advisor is an online tool that helps cattle producers monitor the severity of cold or hot weather events. The tool calculates heat and cold index values based on air temperature, wind speed, sunlight, and humidity and…
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Chemical-Free Crop Storage Bags Commercially Available Worldwide

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:09
A crop-storage bag designed by Purdue University scientists to prevent post-harvest, insect-caused losses is now commercially available worldwide. The Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag is a chemical-free, low-cost method of protecting crops. The…
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Increasing Precipitation Variability Limits Grazing Lands' Ability to Support Livestock

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:02
Related ATTRA Publication: Building Healthy Pasture SoilsA study led by the University of Minnesota and published in Nature Climate Change shows that during the past century, year-to-year precipitation variability has increased significantly on 49% of…
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Diversity of Bees Needed for Widespread Pollination

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:03
Related ATTRA Publications: Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control and Alternative Pollinators: Native BeesA study led by Rutgers University documented more than 100 species of wild bees pollinating crop flowers on 48 farms in New Jersey and…
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Michigan Forage Variety Test Report Available Online

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:36
Related ATTRA Publication: Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing ManagementMichigan State University Extension has released the 2017 Michigan Forage Variety Test Report to assist producers in selecting well-adapted and productive forage varieties. The 39-page…
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"Our Farms, Our Future" Early Registration Discount Ends February 22

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:35
The early-bird registration discount price for the once-in-a-decade Our Farms, Our Future sustainable agriculture conference ends February 22, 2018. The conference, hosted by The national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and…
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Nominations Invited for "NCR-SARE Hero" Recognition

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:26
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) is accepting nominations for the "NCR-SARE Hero" recognition that pays tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state…
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Iowans Encouraged to Consider CSA Membership

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:18
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling through CSAs--Community Supported AgricultureThe Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is encouraging Iowans to consider joining a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that will…
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Agroforestry Sequesters More Carbon than Conventional Agriculture, Study Shows

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:36
Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An OverviewResearchers at Penn State analyzed 53 soil-carbon studies around the world that tracked soil carbon after land conversion from forest to crop cultivation and from grassland pasture to agroforestry.…
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Red Door Family Farm Participates in CSA Apprentice Program

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 21:18
Related ATTRA Resource: Sustainable Farming Internships and ApprenticeshipsAgri-View featured organic farmers Tenzin and Stacey Botsford of Red Door Family Farm near Athens, Wisconsin. The Botsfords are first-generation farmers entering their fourth CSA…
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Michigan Project Offers Support to Latino Specialty-Fruit Farmers

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:20
Related ATTRA Publication: Hoja de Datos: Transición al Manejo Orgánico de Huertos FrutalesMichigan State University and several collaborators have received a $600,000 grant to support the development of more new, small, Latino-owned specialty-fruit…
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SARE National Office and Regional Host Partners Announced

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:25
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced partners to serve as the National Reporting, Coordination and Communications Office (NRCCO) and as the four regional Host Institutions for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and…
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Oklahoma Market Garden School Begins March 6

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:19
Oklahoma State University is teaming up with Langston University and Noble Research Institute to host the spring 2018 Oklahoma Market Garden School. The eight-week course begins March 6, 2018, and meets weekly on Tuesday evenings through April 24, 2018,…
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Global Organic Market and Organic Farmland Continue to Grow

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:50
The 2018 edition of The World of Organic Agriculture, published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International, shows that consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178…
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Study Aids in Timing Cover-Crop Nitrogen Release

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:52
Understanding how quickly different cover crops release nutrients is key to matching them with the nutrient needs of specific cash crops, reports the American Society of Agronomy. A new study assessed the nutrient-release timing of hairy vetch and…
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Benefits of Nitrate Pollution Reduction Recognized

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:05
A study conducted by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University looked at the benefits of meeting the targets of Iowa's statewide strategy for reducing nutrient delivery to waterways. Reducing nitrates and improving water…
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USDA and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Sign Environmental Sustainability Agreement

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:54
USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly promote and enhance environmental sustainability in the dairy industry. "USDA and the Innovation Center will continue to work together to accelerate the…
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Online Certification Program for Dairy Goat Producers Launched

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:41
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: DairyThe Kika de la Garza Institute for Goat Research at Langston University has launched an online certification program for dairy goat producers and has updated its online…
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Electronic Lamb-Grading System Receives USDA Approval

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 18:29
Related ATTRA Publication: The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct MarketerSuperior Farms has received USDA approval to start grading lamb using an electronic grading system that utilizes a digital camera and algorithms for carcass…
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