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SARE Introduces Library of Cover Crop and Soil Health Images

ATTRA News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has introduced a Library of Cover Crop and Soil Health Images to help educators show producers how cover crops can work on their farms. The collection includes more than 1,500 photos and…
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NRCS Highlights Conservation Tools

ATTRA News - 2 hours 19 min ago
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is showcasing five tools developed through Conservation Innovation Grants that can help producers take their conservation efforts to a higher level. The first is the Farmers Screen, an irrigation…
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North Dakota Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Approves Proposals

ATTRA News - 4 hours 4 min ago
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that 35 proposals submitted for the state's industrial hemp pilot program have been approved. Approved producers will plant a total of 3,064 acres in 17 counties, for research into seed…
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David Beasley is new head of WFP

FAO Newsroom - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:00pm
David Beasley brings to the position extensive experience with key governmental and business leaders and stakeholders around the world, with very strong resource mobilisation skills.
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First global push to stop Red Palm Weevil wiping out palms

FAO Newsroom - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:00pm
Scientists, pest control experts, agricultural ministers and farmer representatives have begun a three-day meeting at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome to debate and define an international action plan to stop the spread of the Red Palm Weevil.
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Study on Farm to College in New England Released

ATTRA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:15pm
Farm to Institution New England has released Campus Dining 101: A Benchmark Study on Farm to College in New England, a report that highlights the data collected from college dining operators in the region. This is the second report in a series designed…
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Demand for Grass-Fed Meat and Dairy Encourages Farmers to Change Practices

ATTRA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:57am
Related ATTRA Publication: Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal DairyingCompanies that provide grass-fed meat and dairy products to consumers can't find enough supply to keep up with the demand, reports a feature on…
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Farmland Succession Planning Guide Available

ATTRA News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:46am
Peoples Company has just released Your Farmland and the Future: Setting Goals, Taking Action, a guide full of tips from farmland owners and other experts about how to tackle farmland succession. The guide was authored by Teresa Opheim, senior fellow…
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UN food agencies highlight successful collaboration in the field

FAO Newsroom - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:00am
In an example of how the UN's three Rome-based food agencies are stronger working as one, staff from the Madagascar interagency country team have been recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security in the African island nation.
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FDA Considering Simplifying FSMA Standards for Water

ATTRA News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:58am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is exploring ways to simplify the microbial quality and testing requirements for agricultural water established by the Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA's) produce safety rule while…
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Report Examines Implementation of Conservation Reserve Program's Transition Incentives Program

ATTRA News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:51am
The Center for Rural Affairs has released Pathways to Land Access, a 17-page report on implementation of the Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. CRP-TIP, a program…
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Western North Carolina Farmer Training Offering Memberships

ATTRA News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:39am
Western North Carolina Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (WNC CRAFT) brings together established farmers, farm apprentices, and students of agriculture for a comprehensive training program in the art and science of sustainable…
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Urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

FAO Newsroom - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 6:00am
Managing urbanization sustainably poses new challenges and opportunities to recast food and agriculture systems in ways that benefit both cities and the countryside, according to a new report presented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and FAO.
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Conflicts and protracted crises hamper progress made to end hunger in the Near East and North Africa

FAO Newsroom - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 3:00pm
The FAO Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa noted that the deterioration is largely driven by the spreading and intensity of conflicts and protracted crises.
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Research Explores Heat and Steam for Controlling Greenhouse Weeds

ATTRA News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:45am
The Horticultural Research Institute reports on Morning Ag Clips that USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists in Wooster, Ohio, are exploring using steam or hot water to kill weed seeds in greenhouse propagation systems. These methods would be…
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Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council Seeks Nominations

ATTRA News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:19am
The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Representatives are sought from each of the following groups: farm, business, consumer, and at-large.…
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Local Food Fact Sheet Series Supports Minnesota Farmer Sales

ATTRA News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:53am
The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Minnesota Farmers' Market Association have released a new Local Food Fact Sheet Series to support sales of food by farmers and others in local food systems. There are six fact sheets in the series:…
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Norway and FAO launch unique, state-of-the art oceanic research ship

FAO Newsroom - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:00am
FAO and Norway have today launched a brand new, state-of-the-art marine studies vessel, among the most advanced of its kind — and the only research ship on the globe that flies the UN flag.
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National Cover Crop Research Initiative Launched

ATTRA News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:50pm
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation have launched a $6.6 million national cover crop research initiative that will promote soil health through the development and adoption of new cover crops…
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Texas Study Shows Multi-Paddock Grazing Reduces Runoff, Enhances Water Retention

ATTRA News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:40pm
Related ATTRA Resource: Managed Grazing TutorialA Texas A&M AgriLife Research study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment journal evaluated the influence of continuous and multi-paddock grazing practices on runoff, sediment, and…
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