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USDA Risk Management Agency Announces Modifications to Whole-Farm Revenue Protection

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:26

Related ATTRA Publication: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and Whole-Farm Revenue Protection: Understanding the Differences USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced modifications to the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program to decrease paperwork and recordkeeping burdens for direct marketers beginning with the 2021 crop year. Participants in stakeholder meetings recommended RMA decrease the requirements for reporting yield and revenues for each commodity, which is especially difficult for direct marketers who may sell several commodities through a roadside stand. The newly implemented modifications allow growers to report two or more direct-marketed commodities as a combined single commodity code with a combined expected...

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Organic Hazelnut Production Video Available

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:08

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides has posted a five-minute video titled Successes in Organic Hazelnut Production: Biodiversity and Management of Filbert Moth. The video features grower Taylor Larson of My Brothers’ Farm in Creswell, Oregon, demonstrating how to manage hazelnut orchards for increased biodiversity and healthy soil. This video was created with support from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, and in cooperation with the Oregon Organic Hazelnut Cooperative.

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Million-Acre Sustainable Grazing Initiative Announced for Northern Great Plains

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 13:05

Related ATTRA Publication: Pasture, Rangeland, and Adaptive Grazing Walmart Foundation, Cargill, and McDonald’s are investing over $6 million in an initiative led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that aims to make lasting improvements to the grasslands of the Northern Great Plains. The new program, known as the Ranch Systems and Viability Planning network, will support ranchers across the ecoregion—focusing primarily on Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota—with technical expertise, training, and tools to help advance grazing practices that improve the health of the land. Organizers say that by improving management of one million acres over five years and avoiding conversion, this...

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Cornell Maple Program Releases Sugarbush Management Notebook

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 21:14

Related ATTRA Publication: Maple Sugaring: An Introduction to Small-Scale Commercial Production The Cornell Maple Program has a new notebook for producers available free online. The 202-page Sugarbush Management Notebook addresses topics such as maintaining a healthy sugarbush, sugarbush improvement, pest and disease monitoring, regeneration, ecosystem health, and more. The publication joins the Cornell Maple Program’s notebook series, which includes publications on beginning syrup production, marketing, production, and value-added products.

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North Dakota Project Explores Quinoa as Potential Crop

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 21:00

A project funded by North Central SARE explored the potential for quinoa to be grown organically in North Dakota. The hardy and versatile crop is experiencing increased market demand, and North Dakota farmers Glendon Philbrick and Steve Eid were awarded a grant that supported their investigation of planting methods, harvesting and processing systems, weed control, crop rotation, organic fertilization, and marketing for quinoa. Although they found that the crop could be grown under proper conditions, they found that it could not be marketed due to a lack of accessible processing equipment for removing the quinoa’s bitter saponin coating.

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Songbird Farm Trail Plans One Million Nest Boxes on Farms

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 17:12

Related ATTRA Publication: Beneficial and Pest Birds: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) has announced plans to create the first Songbird Farm Trail, with the goal of one million nest boxes being installed on farms from Baja to British Columbia along North America’s Pacific Coast. A description of the project, outlining the important role beneficial birds play on farms and the critical role farmers play in protecting declining bird populations, is located on WFA’s Multimedia Story Platform, “Benefits of Birds on the Farm.” WFA, with the help of farmers, will be tracking occupancy of bird boxes over time...

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Finnish Study Finds Glyphosate Residue in Manure Decreases Plant Growth

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 20:19

Scientists at the University of Turku, in Finland, found that when poultry manure with glyphosate residue is applied to plants, their growth is decreased. In testing, both meadow fescue and strawberries showed less growth, and strawberries put out fewer runners, when fertilized with manure from quails that were fed with feed containing glyphosate. The researchers suggest that higher levels of glyphosate are applied to glyphosate-tolerant crops, which can lead to higher levels of glyphosate residue in animal feeds made from those crops. This, in turn, leads to higher glyphosate levels in the animal manure, which has an effect on plants...

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Expanded Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to Accept Applications

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 19:54

USDA will accept applications for an additional $14 billion in aid to agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21, 2020, and extend through December 11, 2020. USDA announced that it has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities: Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops, and Sales Commodities. Sales commodities include specialty crops; aquaculture; nursery crops...

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Regional Conservation Partnership Program Projects Announced

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 18:15

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that it will invest $50 million through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) in 10 conservation projects across 16 states. Regional partners will contribute more than $65 million to the selected projects. Through the AFA provision, NRCS has the authority to pursue innovative conservation approaches, such as pay-for-performance. Brief descriptions of the funded projects are available online. They include efforts aimed at preserving water quality, improving soil health, and protecting forests.

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National Farmers Union and MANRRS Sign MOU to Foster Diversity in Agriculture

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 21:13

National Farmers Union (NFU) and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) announced that they are working together to foster diversity and inclusion in agriculture professions. The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) summarizing the ways in which they will collaborate to provide educational and leadership opportunities for young people of all racial and ethnic identities, develop federal policy priorities, and extend each other’s reach within agricultural communities.

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Scholarships Offered for Virtual 2020 REGENERATE Conference

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 20:56

The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association are accepting applications for the 2020 REGENERATE HERD Fellowship, which provides scholarships for beginning agrarians, land stewards, and students in related fields to attend the virtual 2020 REGENERATE Conference. The conference is scheduled for October 26 through November 20, 2020. The Fellowship will award a minimum of 30 full scholarships (covering the conference registration fee), prioritized to support individuals who come from historically underrepresented or economically low-resource communities and other marginalized identities in agriculture. Sponsors specifically encourage applications by Tribal, Latinx, Chicanx, Hispanic, Black/African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or LGBTQ+...

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National Organic Program Publishes Final Decision on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 20:41

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has published its final decision on withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (OLPP) in the Federal Register. After reviewing the Economic Analysis Report related to the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule and the public comments on it, AMS issued its Final Decision concluding that no additional rulemaking action with respect to the OLPP Rule is necessary.

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Online Farmers Market Helps Build Regional Food System

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 11:46

Related ATTRA Publication: Food Hubs: A Producer Guide North Central SARE reports that one of its grants supported Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) in creating an online farmers market to support the regional food system in east central Minnesota. WEI received a two-year grant that helped it coordinate the effort to recruit participating farmers using sustainable practices, build the website, and develop a customer base. North Central SARE says that North Circle Online Farmers Market offers products from 22 farmers and producers, delivered at seven drop sites from June-October. Farmers post their offerings online, and customers place orders from Saturday to...

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Slower Growing Chicken Breeds Experience Better Welfare, Says International Study

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 06:43

Related ATTRA Publication: Meat Chicken Breeds for Pastured Production A study published in Scientific Reports by FAI Farms, the University of Bristol and The Norwegian University of Life Sciences shows that slower growing broiler chickens are healthier and have more fun than conventional commercial breeds. The study tested how varying stocking density and breed affected animal welfare in four production systems. The authors concluded in their study of commercial production settings that, while there are benefits of providing chickens with more space by slightly lowering the animal density, changing to a slower growing breed results in much better health and...

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USDA Highlights Assistance Offerings for Producers and Communities Affected by Western Wildfires

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 21:17

USDA is letting residents and agricultural producers affected by recent wildfires know about assistance programs available through the department. These include USDA’s emergency loan program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. In addition, USDA can also provide financial resources through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help with immediate needs and long-term support to help recover from natural disasters and conserve water resources. Farmers and ranchers needing to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters can apply for assistance through USDA’s Emergency Conservation Program. There are also programs to help restore...

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International Study Sheds Light on Soil Longevity

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:40

Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Soil Management A global study led by Lancaster University in the UK examined soil erosion data from 38 countries on six continents for insight on how erosion impacts soil longevity. The study revealed that more than 90% of the conventionally farmed soils in the study were thinning, and 16% had lifespans of less than a century. The study’s lead author noted, “This study provides the first evidence-backed, globally relevant estimates of soil lifespans.” He added, “Our study shows that soil erosion is a critical threat to global soil sustainability, and we need urgent action to prevent...

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Publication Highlights Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:28

The National Agricultural Law Center published a 12-page fact sheet that can help those considering adding a farm stay enterprise to their operation, Ten Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators. The free, online resource reviews the top 10 potential legal issues farm or ranch operators may face when considering adding a farm stay business. It also illustrates the connection between different types of farm stay and the resulting legal risks and requirements. The PDF publication includes a checklist to assist operators with the process of considering and managing farm stay legal issues.

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New Hops Manual Available for Tennessee Growers

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:20

Related ATTRA Publication: Hops: Organic Production University of Tennessee Extension has published Considerations for Producing and Marketing Hops in Tennessee, a new manual to assist farmers and landowners who are considering growing hops. The 30-page guide addresses costs associated with establishing a hops plot, the annual costs associated with hops production, and marketing concerns like the craft brewing industry and agritourism. It also includes information on harvest, processing, and marketing hops to buyers.

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Models Show Some U.S. Metro Areas Could Feed Themselves Locally

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 15:51

Related ATTRA Publication: Start a Farm in the City A modeling study by Tufts University, published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that some but not all U.S. metro areas could grow all the food they need within 155 miles. The study considered 378 metropolitan areas across the country, and found that metro centers in the Northwest and interior of the country have the greatest potential for localization. Although large portions of the population along the Eastern Seaboard and the southwest corner of the U.S. could not meet demand locally, other cities are surrounded by ample land to support local...

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North Dakota Rancher Marketing Beef Through Convenience Stores

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:04

Related ATTRA Publication: Direct Marketing Lamb: A Pathway A feature in The Prairie Star describes how North Dakota rancher Lacey Block is direct-marketing beef through Rancher’s Rebellion Beef Company, LLC, in North and South Dakota convenience stores and gas stations. Block describes navigating the regulations and paperwork for starting the business that supplies steaks, roasts, ribs, brisket, and ground beef from her own family’s ranch as well as neighboring ranchers. She located narrow coolers in local stores to avoid the markup that chain stores would charge. The business launched in February, just when demand for local beef increased.

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