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NCAT/ATTRA Launches New Electronic Tools for Military Veterans in Agriculture

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 20:53
The National Center for Appropriate Technology's ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program is offering veterans, farmers, and organizations working with veterans in agriculture two new ways to connect with each other: the Farmland, Farm Employment, and…
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Growing for the Future Sessions Online until February 1

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:35
National Farmers Union has announced that sessions from its virtual beginning-farmer conference, "Growing for the Future," will be available free online until February 1, 2018. The conference provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire the…
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ScienceNews Names Climate-Change-Induced Nutrient Loss a Top-10 Story of 2017

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:30
ScienceNews ranks nutrient loss in major food crops caused by climate change as one of its top-10 stories of 2017. Multiple studies have shown that crops grown under higher levels of CO2 have less of some important minerals and protein. For example,…
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Farm Aid Grants More than $730,000 in 2017

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:19
Farm Aid announced that it distributed $732,351 in grant funding this year, investing in organizations working to build resilient systems of agriculture and food. Grants went to 83 family farm, rural service, and urban agriculture organizations in 34…
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Research Explores Effective Incentives for Coordinated Approach to Conservation Practices

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 20:47
Research at the University of Nebraska has been exploring what incentives motivate producers to implement pro-environmental land use practices. Researchers were interested in what incentives could help neighbors coordinate enrollment in a Payment for…
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University of Vermont Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:36
Plant yourself in a new field! The University of Vermont Farmer Training Program is accepting applications for the 2018 season. Apply now to join an incredible group of students and amazing staff for six months of sustainable farming and food systems…
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North Carolina Small-Scale Poultry Producers Struggle with Processing

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:31
Related ATTRA Resource: Small Poultry Processing Plants and ServicesWhen a Western North Carolina poultry-processing plant that served small-scale producers shut down this fall, poultry growers were forced to search for other alternatives. Some opted…
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Louisiana Fishers and Wisconsin Farmers Find Comon Ground in Reducing Dead Zone

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:54
Families who fish in the Gulf of Mexico and who farm in Wisconsin are joining forces in an effort to reduce the "Dead Zone," reports Agri-View. Over the past couple of years, Wisconsin farmers have traveled to the Gulf to learn about how the Dead Zone…
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Organic Strawberry Research Highlighted in Report

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:29
Related ATTRA Publication: Strawberries: Organic ProductionOrganic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has published a new report that includes a review of 14 OFRF-funded berry research projects, along with recommendations for future investment. Impacts…
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Comments on EPA Proposal to Limit Copper Application Due December 22

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:00
The Environmental Protection Agency has put forth a proposal to reduce the annual maximum amount of copper compounds that can be applied and reduce the number of applications in hazelnut, pecan, walnut, cantaloupe, cucumber, pumpkin, squash, watermelon,…
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New York Report Finds Local Food Benefits Health and Economy

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:21
American Farmland Trust and The New York Academy of Medicine have released The Public Plate in New York State: Growing Health, Farms and Jobs with Local Food. The report found that if New York institutions currently receiving public funding to buy food…
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New Resource Helps Farmers Look at Coordinating Labor across Farms

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00
Related ATTRA Publication: California Guide to Labor Laws for Small FarmsFarm Commons has released Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers. This online toolbox helps farmers explore coordinated farm labor…
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Special Report on CSP Enrollment Issued by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:26
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has issued a Special Report on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) that examines enrollment trends, including top practices and geographic variations. CSP is USDA's largest working-lands…
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European Commission Report Calls for Harvesting Ocean Food at Lower Trophic Levels

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:36
Related ATTRA Resource: Ecological Fisheries and Ocean FarmingA European Commission High Level Group (HLG) has issued a report titled Food from the Oceans that advises on how more food and biomass can be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not…
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Wisconsin Enacts Farmer Veteran Legislation

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:09
Wisconsin's governor has signed the "Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017" into law. According to Wisconsin Ag Connection, the bipartisan legislation creates a program to recruit military veterans into farming and authorizes the creation of a logotype…
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Georgia Pasture Rental Rate Calculator Available Online

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 20:04
Related ATTRA Publication: Grazing Contracts for LivestockThe University of Georgia Beef Team has adapted a decision tool developed by Kansas State University Extension to help determine a fair pasture rental rate and made it available as an online…
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Food Sustainability Index Assesses 34 Countries on Sustainable Agriculture

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:59
The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, is a model designed to assess the sustainability of national food systems in a qualitative and quantitative manner. The…
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Guide for Growing Malting Barley Published by Ohio State University

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:37
Grain experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have published a guide on growing barley for malting. Because barley for beer needs to be low in protein and high in carbohydrates, its…
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Fifth Edition of Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the U.S. Food System Released

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:04
The Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University has released An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System: Fifth Edition. This publication provides current research and outreach on structural racism in…
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Northeast SARE Seeks Individuals to Serve on Leadership Committees

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:50
The Northeast region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is currently seeking individuals to serve on its Administrative Council and Technical Committee. Candidates for the 20-member Administrative Council should have…
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