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United Nations Decade of Family Farming Focuses on Preserving, Sharing Good Practices

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:16
The next 10 years have been designated the Decade of Family Farming, according to UN FAO. The organization says that supporting family farmers is key for providing healthier diets, preserving the environment, and creating rural prosperity. Through its…
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Book Chronicles Exemplary Journey to Regenerative Agriculture

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:05
A review of Gabe Brown's new book, Dirt to Soil, that appears in High Plains Journal calls it a life-changing read. The reviewer classifies the book as "part biography, part textbook." In it, the North Dakota farmer describes how he journeyed from…
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Cooperative Ownership Models Offer Alternatives for Farms

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 20:20
Related ATTRA Publication: Beyond Basic Compensation A feature in Civil Eats showcases several farms across the country that operate under cooperative business models. These models include member ownership by either a group of farmers or consumers, as…
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Report Documents California Melon IPM Advances

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:15
A report from the Western IPM Center shows that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans developed for the California melon industry between 2003 and 2016 have minimized crop losses from pests, reduced risks to human health, and maintained the economic…
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Study Evaluates Ability of Metropolitan Areas to Produce Local Food

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 19:00
Related ATTRA Resources: Urban Agriculture A new study from researchers with the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs looked at the ability of 377 metropolitan areas to produce enough food…
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National Cooperative Month Celebrated in October

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 18:54
The theme for the 2018 National Cooperative Month in October is "Cooperatives--See the Future." Co-op Month is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways cooperatives are using innovation to create shared prosperity for their members and communities.…
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Meat Goats Touted as Alternative Enterprise for Struggling Dairy Farmers

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:01
Related ATTRA Publication: Meat Goats: Sustainable Production America's unmet demand for goat meat could offer an opportunity for struggling Northeast dairy farmers, according to a story on Lancaster Online. Ethic and religious populations, as well as…
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Exclusions Protect Citrus from Infection with Greening

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 17:25
An experiment with Individual Protective Covers (IPCs) by University of Florida scientists has shown that mesh covers on new citrus trees help them reach fruit production free from infection with citrus greening disease. New plantings are covered…
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Research Project Focusing on Weed Management in Organic No-Till Grain

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:12
Related ATTRA Publication: Weed Management in Organic Small Grains Researchers at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Iowa State University, and the Rodale Institute have received a Conservation Innovation Grant through USDA-NRCS to find the best ways to…
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California Seeks Technical Reviewers for Specialty Crop Grants

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 09:38
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is inviting volunteers with knowledge and expertise regarding California's specialty crop industry to serve as reviewers on the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Technical Review Committee. This…
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Producers Reminded of FSMA Compliance Deadline

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:53
Related ATTRA Resource: On-Farm Food Safety and FSMA Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is reminding agricultural producers to check whether they fit within Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) exemptions or not and advising producers who are exempt to…
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U.S. Department of Commerce Prioritizes Aquaculture Support

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:40
The U. S. Department of Commerce has announced its intent to help United States marine aquaculture grow faster by reducing the regulatory burden and driving aquaculture research, reports SeaWestNews. The U.S. Department of Commerce said it will work…
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FDA Inviting Comments on Labeling Plant-Based Products that Include Dairy Product Names

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:28
The Food and Drug Administration is inviting comments by November 27, 2018, on the labeling of plant-based products with names that include the names of dairy foods such as "milk," "cultured milk," "yogurt," and "cheese." FDA wants to learn how…
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Research Brief Published on Living Mulch Performance in Organic Vegetables

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 19:54
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Weed Management for Small and Medium-Scale Farms The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has released Research Brief #100, Living Mulch Suppresses Weeds and Yields in…
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Farmers Market Celebration Announces 2018 Winners

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 19:45
American Farmland Trust has announced the winners of its 10th annual Farmers Market Celebration, which recognizes markets around the country that have made a significant impact in their communities. The celebration collected votes from farmers market…
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American Farmland Trust Selects Participants for New York Soil Health Training

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 19:31
American Farmland Trust has announced the selection of 20 participants for "Practical Soil Health Specialists," a three-year training program for agricultural service providers working with farmers and farmland owners to promote healthy soil. The series…
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Cover Crops Evaluated as Weed Control in Vegetable Crops

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 06:28
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has published a research brief on a study of how fall-sown cover crops perform as a weed control in organic vegetable plantings. Fall-Sown Cover Crops and Weed…
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Steve Thompson Named as New Executive Director of NCAT

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:29
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has named Steve Thompson as the organization's new Executive Director. Thompson replaces Kathleen Hadley, who has served as NCAT's leader since 1997 and has been on staff for more than 30 years.…
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South Dakota Study on Conservation Benefits Seeks Producer Participants

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:38
Researchers with the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU are working with SDSU Extension, faculty and staff on a study to help determine the long-term economic benefits of conservation practices, such as no-till, cover crops and diverse…
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Rangeland Analysis Platform Aids in Land-Use Decisions

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 19:10
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is an online tool that shows rangeland resources from America's Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean and provides the ability to monitor rangelands across time and space. It was created in collaboration with the USDA…
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