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Project Calculates Climate Footprint of Industrial Meat and Dairy

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:22
The top 20 global meat and dairy companies emitted more greenhouse gases in 2016 than all of Germany, according to calculations by GRAIN, IATP, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The project used UNFAO comprehensive methodology to estimate corporate…
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Commercial Grower Survey Deadline Extended

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:01
NCAT is paying growers $20 to express their opinions about crop insurance, in order to gather input and make recommendations to the USDA. To insure that all voices are heard, the survey deadline is being extended to Wednesday, November 22, 2017.…
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Video Highlights Benefits of Pastured Poultry Production

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:58
Related ATTRA Publication: Pastured Poultry Nutrition and ForagesAmerican Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) has released Pastured Poultry: Better Way Forward, a short film documenting pasture-raised poultry as a better method of production…
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Good Food EXPO Requests Presenter Proposals

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:16
FamilyFarmed has two Requests for Proposals available for the Good Food EXPO 2018, for policy and non-policy presenters. The Good Food Industry EXPO (to be held in Chicago on March 23, 2018) addresses, discusses, and informs about the wide range of…
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Solar Greenhouses Generate Electricity and Grow Crops

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:33
News from the University of California, Santa Cruz, indicates that plants grown in an electricity-generating solar greenhouse perform at least as well or better than plants grown in a conventional greenhouse. Some crops even used less water when grown…
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Young Farmers Conference to Livestream Sessions

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 16:23
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will livestream selected sessions from the 10th annual Young Farmers Conference, to be held December 6-8, 2017, on its Facebook page. The events that will be livestreamed include a keynote by Ricardo Salvador…
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Practical Farmers of Iowa Announces 2017 Fall Farminar Series

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:38
Practical Farmers of Iowa has announced the schedule for its fall webinar series. Webinars are offered each Tuesday evening, beginning November 14 and continuing through the end of the year. The popular webinar series offers practical knowledge for row…
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Kale Could Help People Overcome Micronutrient Malnutrition

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:29
Related ATTRA Publication: Cole Crops and Other Brassicas: Organic ProductionClemson University researchers have found that kale may help billions of people worldwide overcome micronutrient malnutrition. People could eat kale to help supply their bodies…
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NOSB Approves Hydroponics and Aquaponics for Organic Production

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:58
At its fall meeting, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted 8-7 against a proposal to prohibit hydroponic and aquaponic production in organic agriculture, reports The Packer. Additionally, NOSB voted 14-1 that aeroponics would not be allowed…
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Climate Trends Highlighted in New Report

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:58
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced the release of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's (USGCRP) Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), which serves as Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). The…
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Princeton Research Helps Inform Vertical Farming

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:55
Related ATTRA Publication: Vertical FarmingPrinceton University's Vertical Farming Project is growing food crops indoors on stacked shelves to generate accessible and up-to-date research for the industry. Princeton's model vertical farm is used to…
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North Dakota Farmers Union Opens Sixth Restaurant

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:27
North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU), in partnership with Agraria LLC members and the Farmers Restaurant Group, has opened a sixth restaurant. This one is the first outside the Washington Beltway, and is located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. NDFU…
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Farmer Training Program for Veterans Accepting Applications

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:46
The Take Root Program offered by Angelic Organics Learning Center is accepting applications from military veterans through December 1, 2017. Take Root is a program that connects veterans to paid employment and training on established farms in southern…
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Case Study Explores Economics of Irrigation for Northeast Field Crops

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:36
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Intervale Community Farm (ICF) in Burlington, Vermont, joined forces to explore whether field-crop irrigation makes sense as a farm strategy for the…
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Documentary on NRCS and Soil Conservation Pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett Released

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:55
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has released a new documentary on Hugh Hammond Bennett and the history of NRCS. The 21-minute video looks at the origins of soil conservation in the United States, from the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression…
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Presentation Proposals Requested for 2018 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:29
The 2018 ERME National Conference in Milwaukee in April will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education…
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Cover Crops Also Benefit Migrating Birds

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:08
There's yet another reason for farmers to plant cover crops, says University of Illinois research. In addition to reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff, increasing organic matter in the soil, and improving water quality, cover crops also provide…
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Study Accounts for Individual Animals' Environmental-Performance Differences

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:00
A team from the University of Bristol and Rothamsted Research has developed an assessment method that records the environmental impact of each animal separately before calculating the overall burden of a farm. The scientists say the method better…
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Energy Audits Help Farmers Cut Expenses

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:44
Related ATTRA Publication: Energy-Efficient Lighting for the FarmPurdue University Extension conducts energy audits for farmers in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan. The audits, which cost from $125 to $350, often cut farmers' energy costs…
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Regions Suitable for Rainfed Agriculture to Change, Predicts USGS Study

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:39
A study from the U.S. Geological Survey predicts that future high temperature extremes and soil moisture conditions may cause some regions to become more suitable for rainfed, or non-irrigated, agriculture, while causing other areas to lose suitable…
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