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Minneapolis Invites Applications to Lease City Lots for Community or Market Gardens

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:19
Related ATTRA Publication: Community GardeningThe City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is inviting applications to lease available vacant City-owned lots for community gardens and market gardens. Potential applicants can see available and leased lots online…
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Michigan State University Reports on Organic Grain Research Trials

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:39
Related ATTRA Publication: Weed Management in Organic Small GrainsMichigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center and MSU Extension received a 2017 Organic Farming Research Foundation grant for developing a framework of research…
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Hawaii Schools Enjoy Harvest of the Month

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:11
Related ATTRA Video: The Montana Harvest of the Month ProgramThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) kicked off its 'Aina Pono Harvest of the Month program in December with locally grown beef. In January, all public schools will serve fresh…
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Year-Round IPM Programs Available

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:57
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic IPM Field GuideThe University of California's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program has introduced year-round IPM programs for a range of crops. Rather than focusing on a single pest, these programs are an…
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Fruit Freeze-Damage Tools Help Farmers Deal with Extreme Weather

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 22:11
Related ATTRA Publication: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain TimesThe Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program has developed a website and suite of free, climate-based agricultural decision support…
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Wisconsin Farm Center Offers Farmer Support

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 21:57
Related ATTRA Publication: Farm Business Start-Up ChecksheetWisconsin Farm Center will present "Green Flags, Red Flags: How to Analyze a Farm’s Finances," during a January 24 meeting for agribusiness professionals on "Supporting Farmers During…
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Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Invites Conference Proposals

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 08:57
The ​2018 SAEA conference at the University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu July 27-29, 2018, will highlight models of higher education that represent indigenous knowledge, engage critical political-ecological analysis, and train future generations to…
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Bishop Family of PrairiErth Farm Wins Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Award

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:00
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has named the Bishop family of PrairiErth Farm in Logan County the winners of the annual R.J. Vollmer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Dave Bishop has been farming his 300-acre PrairiErth Farm outside Atlanta,…
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Farm Bureau Panel Discusses Challenges and Rewards of Organic Farming

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:10
Related ATTRA Resources: Organic FarmingA panel of Farm Bureau members who farm organically discussed the challenges and rewards of choosing organic farming at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.…
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IKEA Food Rolls Out Better Chicken Program

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:58
IKEA Food has introduced "Better Chicken," the first in a series of programs setting sourcing criteria and implementation plans for major species in its global food supply chain. The programs have a focus on farmed-animal welfare, antibiotics use, and…
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Pennsylvania Unveils Pollinator Protection Plan

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:11
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has introduced a new report intended to support healthy pollinator populations, the Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan. The report represents a collaborative effort by state officials, researchers,…
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Study Quantifies Benefits of Urban Agriculture

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:03
Related ATTRA Resources: Urban AgricultureA team of researchers led by Arizona State University and Google has assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits at a global scale. The study results appear in Earth's Future. Overall,…
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'Field to Fork' Webinar Series Focuses on Specialty Crops

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:54
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling at Farmers MarketsNorth Dakota State University Extension Service is presenting "Field to Fork," a series of 11 free webinars in which experts from across the region will provide information about growing,…
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'Micro-machinery' Aids Intensive, Small-Scale Farmers

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:44
Related ATTRA Publication: Equipment & Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Crop ProductionThere's a growing demand for farm machinery to serve small-scale, intensive growers, reports ABC Australia. "Micro-machinery" can help intensive farmers save…
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Food Retailer's Sustainability Program Drives Farmers' Environmental Practices

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:55
A study by Stanford University found that a sustainability program enacted by a major supermarket chain in South Africa did, in fact, drive increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level. Researchers wanted to evaluate whether…
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Webinar Series to Help Farmers Analyze Investments in Photovoltaics

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:45
Related ATTRA Publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the FarmMichigan State University Extension will host a six-part webinar series to provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system, so they are…
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New York Announces Farm to School Grant Recipients

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:03
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the award of $1 million through 12 Farm to School Grants to help schools connect with local farmers, increase the use of locally grown food on school menus, improve student health, and educate young people…
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Wisconsin Awards Watershed Protection Grants to Farmer Groups

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:13
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has announced that 17 groups of farmers will receive grants ranging from $8,200 up to $27,500 through the third round of the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants. These grants are…
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FDA to Exercise "Enforcement Discretion" for FSMA Provisions

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:12
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it "intends to exercise enforcement discretion for certain provisions in four of the rules that implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This means that during the enforcement…
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Cornell Small Farms Program Posts Farmer Veteran Video Tours

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 01:33
Related ATTRA Publication: Veteran ResourcesFarm OPS, part of the Cornell Small Farms Program that offers support for veterans in agriculture, has posted several short video tours of farmer veteran agricultural operations. These include a five-minute…
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