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Report Values Ecosystem Benefits of Regenerative Agriculture

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:32
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 - 15:17
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 - 14:07
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 - 13:56
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 - 07:28
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 - 18:38
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 - 15:54
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 - 15:48
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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Strauss Brands Expanding Network of Grass-Fed Beef Producers in Northeast

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:41
The all-natural meat company Strauss Brands has announced plans to expand its pre-certified network of 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef producers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Program-qualified cattle must be grass-fed and…
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Organic Farming Can Help Halt Pollinator Decline

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 20:06
Related ATTRA Publication: Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees A three-year study by Lund University in Sweden found that organic farming can help contribute to halting pollinator population declines. This research looked at how well organic farms…
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Soil Management Can Help Preserve Food Supply, Says Michigan Researcher

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 19:52
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil Health Crop yields and the global food supply chain can be preserved from the risks associated with climate change through better soil management, says research led by Michigan State University. "“The long-term…
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Florida Study Evaluates Cover Crop Options

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:32
Related ATTRA Publication: Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas A University of Florida study, funded by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program, is exploring new cover crop varieties that are more adapted to…
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New Mexico Invests in Fresh Local Produce for Students

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 17:32
Related ATTRA Publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It Work The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has announced a $425,000 investment under the New Mexico Grown Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant that will provide the…
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California Climate Summit Highlights Carbon Farming

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 17:23
An invitation-only gathering held as a prelude to the Global Climate Action Summit being held in California highlighted ways that farmers can put more carbon into the soil, reports The Press Democrat. The group of nearly nearly 100 farmers, nonprofit…
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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Expands into Sustainable Agriculture

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 18:31
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is expanding its program to advance technologies that address the…
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Conservation Dairy Farming Key to Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 07:48
Penn State University researchers using modeling tools say that if the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, Pennsylvania may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for…
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Study Maps Food Supply-Chain Nutrient Loss

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 07:24
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have published a study that shows that although we produce more nutrients (energy, protein, fat and micronutrients) than are needed for the global population, supply-chain inefficiencies result in losses and…
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Texas A&M High-Tunnel Research Informs Producers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 18:09
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Design Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research shared the results of their work with high tunnels at a recent field day. Researchers are suggesting that growers look to…
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High-Plains Vegetable Grower Meets Challenges and Successes

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 17:40
Related ATTRA Publication: Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production Kansas Rural Center is featuring five specialty-crop farmer profiles focusing on the rewards and benefits of growing vegetables on the high plains. The first…
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Conservation Economically Valuable for Farmers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 15:42
A new report, Farm Finance and Conservation: How stewardship generates value for farmers, lenders, insurers and landowners, says that conservation can deliver measurable economic value to farmers and their financial partners. Environmental Defense Fund…
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