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New Mexico Invests in Fresh Local Produce for Students

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:32
Related ATTRA Publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It Work The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has announced a $425,000 investment under the New Mexico Grown Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant that will provide the…
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California Climate Summit Highlights Carbon Farming

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:23
An invitation-only gathering held as a prelude to the Global Climate Action Summit being held in California highlighted ways that farmers can put more carbon into the soil, reports The Press Democrat. The group of nearly nearly 100 farmers, nonprofit…
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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Expands into Sustainable Agriculture

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:31
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is expanding its program to advance technologies that address the…
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Conservation Dairy Farming Key to Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 06:48
Penn State University researchers using modeling tools say that if the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, Pennsylvania may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for…
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Study Maps Food Supply-Chain Nutrient Loss

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 06:24
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have published a study that shows that although we produce more nutrients (energy, protein, fat and micronutrients) than are needed for the global population, supply-chain inefficiencies result in losses and…
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Texas A&M High-Tunnel Research Informs Producers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 17:09
Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Season Extension: Considerations for Design Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research shared the results of their work with high tunnels at a recent field day. Researchers are suggesting that growers look to…
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High-Plains Vegetable Grower Meets Challenges and Successes

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 16:40
Related ATTRA Publication: Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production Kansas Rural Center is featuring five specialty-crop farmer profiles focusing on the rewards and benefits of growing vegetables on the high plains. The first…
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Conservation Economically Valuable for Farmers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:42
A new report, Farm Finance and Conservation: How stewardship generates value for farmers, lenders, insurers and landowners, says that conservation can deliver measurable economic value to farmers and their financial partners. Environmental Defense Fund…
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NOSB Fall Meeting Materials Posted

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 20:07
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall meeting, to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, October 24-26, 2018. The posted materials include a tentative Meeting Agenda and Proposals…
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Reduced-Tillage Information Available Online

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 17:27
A resource handbook from a field day on Reduced Tillage in Organic Systems held by Cornell Cooperative Extension is available online. The 108-page PDF publication includes links of related resources and information from the presentations at the field…
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Trap Crops Tested for Wireworm Management in Vegetables

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:31
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & Resources In Western Washington, vegetable growers trying to manage wireworms are testing the effectiveness of trap crops, reports Western IPM Center. Organic…
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Publication Provides Guidance on Grazing Cereal Rye

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:59
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication titled Grazing Opportunities with Cereal Rye that provides best management practices for producers to use when grazing cereal rye with stocker cattle. The publication includes…
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Niman Ranch Announces Plans to Double Network of Farmers and Ranchers

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 16:07
Sustainable and humane livestock company Niman Ranch has announced plans to double its supplier network of independent family farmers and ranchers over the next ten years. Niman Ranch says it will add 750 independent family farmers and ranchers…
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USDA Invests in Rural Communities through Community Facilities Program

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:19
USDA has announced that it is investing $10.7 million in 85 projects in 22 states through the Community Facilities program. These partnerships with rural communities will support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery, addressing…
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Guidelines Help Farmers Manage Nitrogen Loss under Climate Variability

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:07
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil Health Researchers from the University of New Hampshire, working with colleagues from the University of California-Davis and the National Center of Atmospheric Research, have created guidelines to help Midwest farmers manage…
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Film on Importance of Conserving Rangeland Released

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:32
Related ATTRA Publication: Pasture, Rangeland, and Grazing Management California Rangeland Trust has released a new short film, A Common Ground, that honors the organization's 20th anniversary and features rancher-conservationists who are doing…
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Massachusetts Survey Finds Produce from Local Farmers Less Expensive than from Grocery Stores

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:09
A survey by the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative found that fresh produce is usually less expensive when purchased directly from the Massachusetts farmers who grow it than it is at grocery stores. The survey of 11 farmers markets and 22 grocery…
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EcoApple Reports 1,700 Acres of Fruit Certified in Northeast

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 16:03
Related ATTRA Publication: Apples: Organic Production Guide The Eco Apple® program reports that in 2018, there are 17 Northeast orchards representing 1,700 acres of fruit certified by the program. The EcoApple program was developed to meet a need for…
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Sustainable Agriculture Case Study Database Under Development

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 15:37
Related ATTRA Publications: No-Till Case Studies The University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and UMN Center for Integrated Natural Resource and Agricultural Management are developing an online…
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Third Demonstration Farm Network Launches in Wisconsin

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:10
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Ozaukee County Land & Water Management Department have entered an agreement to launch a new demonstration farm network in Ozaukee county, Wisconsin. The partnership will support a network of…
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