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Beginning Farmer Program from Penn State Extension Recognized with Award

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:45
Related ATTRA Resources: Beginning Farmer A Penn State Extension project aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers has received an award for excellence from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The three-year project, which…
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Southern SARE Seeks Nominations to Administrative Council

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 15:34
The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of a producer experienced with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace an…
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National Climate Assessment Carries Warnings for Agriculture

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 15:10
The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released The Fourth National Climate Assessment, an examination of the effects of climate change on the United States, reported to Congress and the President. A team of more than 300 federal and non-federal…
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Western SARE Accepting Nominations for Western Sustainability Pioneer Award

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:55
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is accepting applications for its 2019 Western Sustainability Pioneer Award until January 11, 2019. The award gives tribute to regional agricultural leaders and their vision for…
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Researchers Say Citizen Scientists Could Help Advance Agricultural Research

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:48
An international team of researchers published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, investigating the potential for citizen science to contribute to agricultural research. The team identified unique opportunities for citizen scientists to help…
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Leopold Conservation Award Winners Announced in Several States

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:55
The Sand County Foundation, which partners with groups in several states to offer the annual Leopold Conservation Award, has recently announced the 2018 winners in five states. The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes…
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USDA Launches Poultry Biosecurity Campaign

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 19:17
Related ATTRA Publication: Biosecurity Basics Tipsheet for Pastured Poultry USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and…
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Researchers Find Decline in Pasture Height Reduces Forage Quality

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 18:59
Related ATTRA Publication: Building Healthy Pasture Soils Researchers found that it's possible to use a handheld near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) device to measure nutrients in pasture. The research was published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food…
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Maine Announces Specialty Crop Grants

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 16:59
Maine is partnering with USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to invest $538,073 to support Maine specialty crop producers. Among this year's awards are two for research at the University of Maine to improve blueberry production, including education…
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Documentary on Soil Health Available Online

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 20:01
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil Health The Soil Health Institute has released a 60-minute documentary, Living Soil, on the history and significance of the soil health movement. Living Soil captures the background of the current soil health movement and its…
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New England Farm to Institution Summit Invites Program Proposals

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:49
Farm to Institution New England along with partners UMass Amherst, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and Health Care Without Harm have announced the third biennial New England Farm to…
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Partnership Brings Continuing Education in Agriculture to Southern Maryland

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:35
Collaboration between Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and the University of Maryland's Institute of Applied Agriculture is bringing continuing education in agriculture to southern Maryland. For Spring 2019, a three-credit course on…
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New Factsheet Introduces Northeast Farmers to Climate Smart Farming Practices

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:05
Related ATTRA Publication: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain Times The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions and the Climate Smart Farming Extension Team have developed a new four-page…
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USDA Grants Support Programs Helping Veterans Pursue Ag Careers

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 07:45
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the award of six grants through the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program. This program provides grants to nonprofit organizations for training…
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Small-Farm Climate Adaptation Project Receives Funding

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:20
As part of a NIFA grant through the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities: Small and Medium-Sized Farms Program, University of Maine researchers will be assessing climate perceptions and developing adaptation resources for small, medium, and…
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Tool Shows Northeast Climate Change by County

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:54
The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) has developed a new online tool: Climate Change in Your County. "The tool allows you to zoom in on your particular county in the Northeast to see how global climate change is really happening in…
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University of Maine and Michigan State University Collaborate on Organic Weed Management Project

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:37
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Weed Management for Small and Medium-Scale Farms University of Maine professor of weed ecology and management Eric Gallandt and Michigan State University associate professor of sustainable vegetable production Dan…
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Article Higlights Challenges of Soil Carbon Sequestration as Climate Mitigation Tool

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:37
Two University of California, Berkeley, scientists writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences caution against over-reliance on soil carbon sequestration as a tool to mitigate climate change. They point out that although changed…
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Assessment Shows Natural Lands Can Help Absorb Greenhouse-Gas Pollution

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 20:46
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration A peer-reviewed study in Science Advances from The Nature Conservancy and 21 institutional partners found that natural lands including forests, agricultural lands, coastal…
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Farm Shares Plans for Low-Cost Laser Scarecrow

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:10
Family-owned Elliot Farm in Lakeville, Massachusetts, specializes in sweet corn, but the farm experienced 80% crop loss in 2016 due to damage from red-winged blackbirds, despite efforts to keep the pests at bay. Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural…
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