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Minnesota Awards Value Added Grants

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:55
Related ATTRA Resource: Value-Added Food ProductsThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded Value Added Grant funding to sixteen Minnesota agricultural producers and processors. Grant funds will support projects that increase the sales of…
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Clemson Experts Highlight Benefits of Cover Crops

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:53
Related ATTRA Videos: Videos on Cover CropsClemson University experts shared the results of a decade of research on cover crops at a recent field day. Cover crops were touted for their ability to break up compaction, build soil organic matter and…
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Organic Farming Could Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:18
A forthcoming study in the Journal of Cleaner Production found that increasing organic food production could have greenhouse-gas mitigation benefits. Study authors used U.S. state-level data over the 1997–2010 period and found that a 1% increase in…
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National Pollinator Week is June 18-24

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:57
For National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018, the Pollinator Partnership has produced a one-page resource, Pollination Fast Facts For Farmers and Ranchers. It discusses what pollinators do for farmland, and what farmers can do for pollinators. The…
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CoBank Predicts More Solar Energy Use on Farms

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:51
Related ATTRA Publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the FarmA new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division predicts that solar energy use will accelerate among ag producers when the cost of installing and operating distributed solar…
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NOP Seeks Input on Strengthening Organic Enforcement

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:40
The National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar July 17, 2018, engaging the organic community about NOP's upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rulemaking. The webinar will provide an overview of the scope of the proposed rule…
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Local Foods Marketplace Invites Exhibitor Applications

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:30
The Fifth Annual FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace is now accepting applications for food and beverage businesses from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for its event November 30 - December 1, 2018, in Rochester, Minnesota. FEAST! hosts more than 100 juried…
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Farming-Systems Comparison Shows Organic Yield Gap Decreasing over Time

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:13
A study from The Netherlands, published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, explored a 13-year comparison of organic and conventional farming. The study found that although organic farming is considered less productive than conventional…
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Economic Impacts of Agriculture and Food Systems Measured in Report

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:08
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has released a Scientific and Economic Foundations Report that provides a ground-breaking platform to evaluate the real costs and benefits—including environmental, health, and social impacts—of our…
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Report Documents Sustainability and Equity in Massachusetts Food System

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 16:48
The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative has released Sustainability and Equity in the Massachusetts Food System: A Progress Report. This report showcases organizations, businesses, and networks working toward the goals contained in the Massachusetts…
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Cover Crops Don't Deplete Soil Moisture, Clemson Research Shows

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 20:59
Researchers at Clemson University tested seven different cover crop treatments to determine their effect on moisture in the soil profile. All of the cover crop treatments, ranging from a single species to a five-species mix, showed soil moisture equal…
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Armed to Farm Provides Veterans Training and Networking Opportunity

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:47
Twenty-nine military veterans from the Northeast participated in sustainable agriculture training in New Hampshire recently, reported The Keene Sentinel. The Armed to Farm training was presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, a…
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Agricultural Intensification Outcomes Not Always Positive for Ecosystems, Humans

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:23
A study led by researchers from the University of East Anglia and University of Copenhagen found that agricultural intensification rarely leads to simultaneous positive results for ecosystem services and human wellbeing. Co-author Dr. Laura Vang…
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Scorecard Ranks States on Health and Sustainability of Food Systems

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:12
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has created a scorecard ranking the health and sustainability of state food systems in the United States from farm to fork. The scorecard looks at dozens of indicators of food system health for each state.…
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Online Organic Resource Offered by Organic Farming Research Foundation

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:54
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has unveiled a new landing page on the Web, Why Organic? designed to streamline access to the latest organic news, research, farmer stories, resources, and more. The page includes an organic FAQ and a research…
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Publication Offers Recommendations for Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila on Organic Berries

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:20
As part of an Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative project funded by NIFA, University of Georgia Extension has published an eight-page bulletin titled Management Recommendations for Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Berry Crops. The…
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Kansas Leveraging Local Food Demand for Rural Revitalization

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:33
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released God, Country, and Groceries, a 10-page report on how Kansans are leveraging the growing demand for local/regional food produce to revitalize rural communities and strengthen family farms. The…
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Tomato Grafting and High-Tunnel Growing Improve Yields

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:55
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Tomato ProductionTexas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center has been exploring potential yield improvements in tomatoes from grafting and use of a protected-environment production system, or high tunnel. The…
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Seaweed Provides High-Quality Compost

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:29
Researchers at Texas State University have been able to use invasive sargassum seaweed to create high-quality compost, reports the American Society for Horticultural Science. In this study, sargassum drifts on beaches that are usually landfilled or…
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International Study Predicts Environmental Change Will Reduce Production of Vegetables and Legumes

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:15
A study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine examined the extent to which projected changes such as increases in temperature and reduced water availability could affect the production and nutritional quality of common crops. The…
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