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Canadian Analysis Shows Eggs from Poultry Fed Vegan, Organic Diet Have Lower Environmental Impact

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 15:49
Related ATTRA Publication: Pastured Poultry Nutrition and ForagesResearch findings from ecological economist Nathan Pelletier at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus show that poultry given vegan organic feed can help to produce eggs…
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Abrasive Weeding Fact Sheet and Video Available

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:58
eOrganic has a new fact sheet and video offering the latest research on abrasive weeding, a non-chemical weed management tool that uses compressed air and grit to abrade weeds. The materials are the result of a NIFA-funded research project that has been…
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Arkansas Researchers Testing Blackberry Trellis System

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:53
Related ATTRA Publication: Brambles: Organic ProductionResearchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Fruit Research Station are conducting a multi-year test of rotating cross-arm trellises for blackberries. The rotating…
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Maine Farm Beginnings Program Accepting Applications

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:39
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Farm Beginnings course. MOFGA Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led program to help guide farmers with at least one year of production experience in developing…
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Guide Helps Producers Applying for Value-Added Grant Program

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:13
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has updated its Farmers' Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. The online guide helps producers navigate the application process for USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG).…
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Study Shows Vegetable Production Increase from Intercropping

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:02
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & ResourcesA two-year study of intercropping at the Texas A&M University Horticulture Farm showed that companion cropping for vegetables can increase production.…
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Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Accepting Applications for Leadership Development Workshop

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:40
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is offering a Leadership Development Workshop designed for farmers and food council members with an interest in taking on a leadership role in their communities. The Workshop will provide an introduction to…
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Publications on Prairie Strips Released

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 06:01
Iowa State University Extension has released five free publications on prairie strips, a conservation practice that involves converting 10% of a row-cropped field to prairie vegetation. The practice has been shown to keep soil in place, improve soil…
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Presentations from Small Grains Conference Available

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 05:23
Practical Farmers of Iowa held an August conference titled Rotationally Raised – Making Small Grains Work. Slides and handouts from 12 production and marketing presentations at the conference are now available online. In addition, video from several…
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UC Santa Cruz Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture Accepting Applications

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 13:43
The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a six-month, hands-on residential training program organized by the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, is accepting applications for the 2018 program. This full-time…
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Advocacy Training Offered for California Women Farmers and Ranchers

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:32
The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) and California Climate Action Network (CalCAN) are hosting a four-day policy-advocacy training for California women farmers and ranchers, Forces of Natures: Advocacy Skills Training for Women Farmers and…
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USDA Announces Realignment of Offices

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:42
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the realignment of a number of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Changes include creation of a Rural Development Innovation Center tasked with evaluating the impacts of the business,…
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Fixed Nitrogen Increase Poses Environmental Threat

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:01
A new study by researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University says that the recent rapid increase in fixed nitrogen could pose as much of a danger to Earth's environment as the rapid increase in climate-warming atmospheric carbon…
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High Plains Farmers Diversify Cover Crops and Enterprises

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:39
Related ATTRA Publication: Pastured Poultry: Egg ProductionHigh Plains farmers are turning to diverse cover crops and enterprises to improve their soils and revenue streams, reports Ag Journal. Some farmers are planting garden vegetables or seed mill…
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Report Offers Roadmap for Reducing Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:09
A new report authored by 12 antibiotic resistance experts from the fields of infectious disease medicine, veterinary medicine, microbiology, epidemiology, and public health outlines key steps for policymakers, food companies and food purchasers, and…
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Soil Solarization Helps Control Diseases and Weeds in Pacific Northwest

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:29
The Western IPM Center reported on research into soil solarization at Oregon State University. Anti-condensation horticultural films have made effective soil solarization possible in the Pacific Northwest. At 42 different nursery sites from Southern…
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Barnraiser Campaign to Provide Sustainable and Organic Farmers Aid after Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:56
Hurricane Harvey had a devastating impact on farms and ranches in Texas and Louisiana. Although the full extent of damage will not be known for weeks, many relief efforts are getting underway. One rapid-response campaign that's already up and running on…
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University of Vermont Receives Grant to Tell Stories of Diverse Farmers

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:49
A matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help a consortium that includes the University of Vermont and three partners tell the stories of diverse Vermont farmers. The three-year project will select eight Vermont farmers from…
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Montana Armed to Farm Helps Veterans Focus on Sustainable Agriculture

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:33
Related NCAT Resource: Armed to FarmThe week-long Armed to Farm program presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology helps military veterans examine farming as a viable career, reports The Prairie Star. Participants in last year's…
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Cornell's Online Small Farm Courses Open for Registration

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 06:37
Cornell University's Small Farms Program is accepting registration for its 2017-2018 season of Small Farm Online Courses. These six-week-long courses help to build the technical and business skills of farmers through a weekly evening webinar and…
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