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Study Shows Cover Crops Reduce Nitrates in Subsurface Water Without Impacting Yield

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:30
A five-year study conducted by the Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Practical Farmers of Iowa showed that cover crops had no negative effect on cash-crop yields but did reduce concentrations of nitrate in subsurface…
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Wisconsin Farm Family Establishes Organic Potato Brand

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:08
Related ATTRA Publication: Potatoes: Organic Production and Marketing Brothers Brian and Brad Igl and their father, Tom, began transitioning their third-generation farm to organic production in 1997, says a feature on Agri-View. Today they raise alfalfa…
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Farmers Market Vendors Need Food-Safety Training, Penn State Study Shows

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 16:27
Related ATTRA Videos: Food Safety Penn State researchers who have completed a five-year study on food safety at farmers markets say that many vendors take inadequate precautions to reduce food-safety risks and should receive training in food safety. The…
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California Partnership to Advance Climate-Smart Agriculture

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 16:03
The California Department of Food and Agriculture and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources have signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate a new partnership to advance climate-smart agriculture in California. This partnership…
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Forum on Future of Farming Invites Applications to Participate

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:40
Organic 2051, a forum on the future of farming that is being held in conjunction with the MOSES Organic Farming Conference on February 21, 2019, is inviting applications to participate. MOSES is bringing farmers and leaders in the organic research,…
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Farmers.gov Introduces Five Social Media Platforms

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:12
Related ATTRA Publication: Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business Farmers.gov announced in a blog post that it has introduced five new ways to access farmers' stories. The @FarmersGov Twitter offers daily news, while FarmersGov YouTube offers…
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Manure Fertilizer Improves Soil Quality More than Inorganic Fertilizer

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:00
Related ATTRA Publication: Manures for Organic Crop Production Long-term annual application of manure improved most soil-quality properties more than application of inorganic fertilizer, reports the American Society of Agronomy. A research team led by…
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Land O’Lakes Expands Farmer Group Health Plan to Nebraska

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:55
Land O'Lakes, Inc. has become the first organization to sponsor a self-insured multi-state group health plan under new Association Health Plan Regulations. This self-insured arrangement now offers coverage to farmers of participating co-ops and…
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Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool Helps Producers with Conservation Planning

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:26
The Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) developed by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service compares your operation's attributes and activities to NRCS' stewardship thresholds for five natural resource concerns: soil management, water…
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White Paper Identifies Policy and Market Opportunities to Boost Agricultural Resilience

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:17
This past summer, Environmental Defense Fund, National Corn Growers Association and Farm Journal Foundation convened a stakeholder dialogue about the challenges facing agriculture and recommended paths forward, reports AgWeb. Now the collaborators have…
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Penniman Book Highlights People of Color in Sustainable Agriculture

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:04
Leah Penniman's new book Farming While Black begins with her reflections on how she became a farmer and her discovery that people of color were the foundation of the sustainable agriculture movement. Bon Appétit published an excerpt from the…
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Community-Held Farm Case Study Offers Instructive Example

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:50
Related ATTRA Publication: Community Supported Agriculture Agrarian Trust has posted a case study on Temple-Wilton Community Farm, home to the oldest continuously operating community-supported agriculture farm, or CSA, in the United States. Over the…
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New Rural Resource Guide Helps Build Community Resiliency

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:52
USDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy have released a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities…
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Farm to School Achievements Highlighted in Report

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:43
USDA's Office of Community Food Systems has released Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA's Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees' Growing Achievements. The 64-page PDF report highlights trends and best practices of grantees, and…
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USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 20:14
USDA has announced release of a 2018 update of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management. The National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), first introduced in 2004, is periodically updated to reflect the evolving science, practice,…
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Not Enough Fruits and Vegetables Grown for Healthy Diet for Everyone, Study Finds

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 20:10
A new University of Guelph study found that there are not enough fruits and vegetables grown in the world for everyone to adopt nutritionists' consumption recommendations. The researchers found that we now produce 12 servings of grains per person…
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Researcher Considers How Animal Agriculture Affects Air Quality and Climate

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 20:01
Writing in The Conversation, University of California, Davis, Professor Frank M. Mitloehner discusses his research on ways in which animal agriculture affects air quality and climate change. He cites estimates that say livestock produces 14.5% of global…
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Vegetable Yield Data Available to Farmers Online

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 19:51
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) has developed a new Farmer-to-Farmer Vegetable Yield and Production Data page. The site lets users anonymously (or openly) share yield and production data, view the entire data set or search for and filter by specific…
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Agriculture Disaster Assistance Webinar Available

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 15:34
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus hosted an information session for agricultural (crop and forest) producers in response to Hurricane Michael. The roughly two-hour long program focused on disaster assistance information from U.S. Department of…
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Minnesota Awards Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:04
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced that it has awarded Fiscal Year 2018 Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants (SADG) to eleven farmers and researchers across Minnesota. Projects…
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