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Risk Management Tools Available for Organic Seed Growers

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 08:25
In order to help organic seed growers manage economic risks, eXtension has posted a compilation of online resources, including tools and presentations from the 2018 Seed Economics Intensive at the Organic Seed Growers Conference. This training aims to…
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Legislation Introduced to Allow State-Inspected Meat Sales across State Lines

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 08:01
Related ATTRA Publication: Working with Your Meat ProcessorSenators from South Dakota and Maine have introduced legislation to allow state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines, reports Tri-State Neighbor. The New Markets for State-inspected Meat…
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Beavers Help Reduce Soil Loss and Clean Polluted Water

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:31
Research by the University of Exeter with captive beaver in England has demonstrated that beaver can reduce the flow of soil and nutrients from farm fields into waterways. In the study, beavers that built dams to slow the flow of water from farmland…
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Video Highlights Health Benefits of Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:22
Related ATTRA Publication: Building Healthy Pasture SoilsA new video from the creator of Soil Carbon Cowboys, Peter Byck, tells the story of how Murray Provine converted his farm to Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing under the guidance of Allen…
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Vermont Issues Challenge to Turn Excess Phosphorus into Products

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 20:59
Vermont's governor has issued a Phosphorous Innovation Challenge to inspire entrepreneurs to look at ways to capture excess phosphorus from watersheds and turn it into products that can be exported from the state. Possible approaches include the making…
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Workbook Helps Farms Use Social Media

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:47
Related ATTRA Publication: Social Media Tools for Farm Product MarketingHow to Use Social Media for Your Farm Business is an interactive, self-paced workbook designed to help farmers make the most of social media marketing for their farm businesses. The…
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American Farmland Trust Reports on the Loss of Farmland

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:35
American Farmland Trust has released Farms Under Threat: The State of America's Farmland, a comprehensive assessment of the loss of U.S. farmland and ranchland. The report shows that between 1992 and 2012, the country lost nearly 31 million acres of…
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Organic Farming Research Grant Announced

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:19
Related ATTRA Publication: Downy Mildew Control in CucurbitsThe Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded a 2018 grant to Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers. The funded project will assess resistance to both Bacterial Wilt and…
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ERS Study Finds Business Benefits in Value-Added Grant Program

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:10
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released a new report titled USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Program and Its Effect on Business Survival and Growth. The ERS study found that Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPGs) enable recipient businesses to…
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Researchers Model How Land-Use Changes Affect Carbon Storage

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:00
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon SequestrationResearch by Iowa State University scientists shows that land-use practices can help to store carbon and keep it from being released into the atmosphere where it may…
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App Helps Track Spread of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:44
A free app developed by University of Minnesota Extension and Purdue University is designed to help researchers track the spread of the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an insect that is causing significant crop loss in some parts of the country.…
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No-till and Cover Crops Improve Soil Health Quickly

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:03
A study at Whitaker Farms, a family vegetable operation in North Carolina, showed a striking difference between tilled fallow and a plot with a no-till cover crop, reports Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE). Soil in the…
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New Guide Helps Protect Monarch Butterflies and Habitat in the West

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 16:52
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has released a free, online publication, Managing for Monarchs in the West: Best Management Practices for Conserving the Monarch Butterfly and its Habitat. This document combines the best-available…
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Farmer's Share of Food Dollars Drops to New Low

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 16:37
Related ATTRA Resources: Direct Marketing OptionsAnnual USDA figures on the farmer's share of dollars spent on retail food show that number at its lowest since 1993, when the figure was first reported. The National Farmers Union (NFU) notes that for…
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European Union Bans Neonicotinoids for Outdoor Use

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 12:19
The European Union announced that member states have backed a proposal by the European Commission to restrict outdoor use of the pesticides imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam. All outdoor use of the three substances will be banned and the…
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Kansas Specialty-Crop Workshop Advises Growers to 'Dream Small'

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 17:26
Related ATTRA Resources: Urban AgricultureAt a workshop on urban and specialty-crop farming organized by Kansas Rural Center in Hutchinson, growers shared their insights. "Dream small: bigger isn't always better," was the topic of a presentation by…
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U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Opens Public Comment Period on Sustainability Framework

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 17:15
The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) will accept public comments until July 1, 2018, on the group's Sustainability Framework. The Sustainability Framework is a set of resources developed to assist ranchers, cattle auction markets,…
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Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Releases Animal Welfare Report

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:14
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has released a new Task Force Report, Scientific, Ethical, and Economic Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare. This report, in comparison to the 1997 CAST Task Force Report, shows a growing emphasis on…
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Land Degradation Threatens Well-Being of 3.2 Billion People

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:01
A report Produced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services says that worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species…
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USDA Invites Public Comment on National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 14:13
USDA is inviting public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a new rule that would require food manufacturers and other entities that label…
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