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NRCS Announces Recovery Assistance for California Producers

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:39
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will immediately begin accepting applications for its EQIP Catastrophic Fire Recovery fund pool to assist producers in covering the cost of certain rehabilitation practices, such as creating check dams…
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Farmers Report on Trials of Spring-Seeded Brassica Cover Crops

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:26
Practical Farmers of Iowa has published the results of research by three farmer-cooperators with spring-seeded brassica cover crops. The cooperators hand-seeded brassica cover-crop mixes into soybean stubble in small plots. Before terminating the spring…
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Living Mulch Saves Money and Improves Soil, Says Research

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:53
Related ATTRA Publication: Overview of Cover Crops and Green ManuresScientists at the University of Georgia tested the performance of a living mulch of white clover between row crops, reports the American Society of Agronomy. The clover helps supply…
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Study Says Land Management Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:28
A peer-reviewed study, led by scientists from The Nature Conservancy and 15 other institutions, and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that natural climate solutions could reduce emissions by 11.3 billion tonnes per…
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University of Illinois' Organic Corn Breeding Project Receives Funding

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:54
The University of Illinois has received funding from USDA for a project that will allow farmers, researchers, and consumers to participate in breeding corn optimized for organic production. The university reports that farmers from Illinois, Iowa,…
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Beginning Farmer Training Program Impact Assessed in New Report

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:36
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released Cultivating the Next Generation, a report on the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Since 2008, BFRDP has invested…
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Video Addresses Management of Striped Cucumber Beetles on Organic Farms

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:51
Related ATTRA Publication: Cucumber Beetles: Organic and Biorational Integrated Pest Management Eastern Sustainable Organic Cucurbit Project, funded through a NIFA OREI grant, has produced a nine-minute video on striped cucumber beetle management on…
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eOrganic Article Explains Benefits of Dung Beetles

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:39
Related ATTRA Publication: Dung Beetle Benefits in the Pasture EcosystemDung Beetles: How to Identify and Benefit from Nature’s Pooper Scoopers is an article posted on eOrganic by Matthew Jones and William Snyder of Washington State University. The…
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Online Financial-Education Tool Helps Farmers Buying Land

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:21
Related ATTRA Publication: Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning FarmersNational Young Farmers Coalition has introduced a beta version of Finding Farmland, an online financial-education tool for farmers buying land. The tool includes a Land…
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Warm-Season Annual Grasses Can Improve Pasture for Northern Horses

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:02
Research at the University of Minnesota found that warm-season grasses grown as annuals could improve the quality of horse pasture in northern climates, reports the American Society of Agronomy. Perennial cool-season annuals dominate northern pastures,…
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How an Iowa Farm is Transitioning to Organic Row Crops

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:27
Keota, Iowa, father-son farmers Trent and Levi Lyle are transitioning a 40-acre field to organic production, reports Ag Update. The Lyles discussed the price premium available for organic crops, the cost-share programs that can help support the…
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Stanford Research Explores Soil Carbon-Storage Potential

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:56
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon SequestrationStanford University scientists have recently published their work on soil carbon-storage potential. The researchers found that agricultural management practices like reduced…
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Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant Awards Announced by USDA

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:16
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has announced the award of more than $13 million in Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants. Fifty-two projects in 33 states received funding for projects that would increase consumption of locally and regionally…
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Organic Farming and Ranching Grants

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:58
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced grants through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Organic Transitions Program (ORG). In FY 2017, 24 new grants totaling $20.15 million were made…
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Study Finds Insect Resistance to Transgenic Crops Surging

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:31
An analysis of global data on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)-modified crop use and pest responses by University of Arizona researchers found that cases of pest resistance to genetically engineered crops increased by more than fivefold in the past decade.…
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Food Safety Survey Deadline Extended to October 31

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:17
The Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC), which provides specialized training, education, and outreach to local farmers and processors, wants to know how it can best help with food safety. Produce growers, farmers, and food hubs are invited to take an…
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Organic Grain Projects to Aid Producers in Transitioning

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:04
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Small Grain Production OverviewTwo new Extension projects will help grain producers transition to organic production. In one project a team from Texas A&M AgriLife will compare transitional organic and conventional…
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California Farm Academy Accepting Applications for Beginning Farmer Training and Apprenticeships

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:48
The California Farm Academy is accepting applications for both its Beginning Farmer Training Program and its Apprenticeship Program. The Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their…
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Apple Pollinizers Affect Fruit Set and Quality

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:41
Related ATTRA Publication: Apples: Organic Production GuideResearchers at Purdue University found that the type of tree used for a pollinator in apple orchards can affect the amount of fruit that sets on trees. Orchardists frequently plant crab apple…
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Analysis Considers Tipping Point of Chemical Weed Control

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:23
Related ATTRA Publications: Weed ManagementAdam Davis, ecologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois and USDA Agricultural Research Service, worked with George Frisvold, an economist at the University of Arizona, to explore…
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