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Beginning Farmer Webinar Series Begins in January

ATTRA News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 5:41pm
Michigan State University Extension will offer a weekly series of Beginning Farmer Webinars on Wednesday evenings from January 19, 2019, through April 3, 2019. The twelve online programs will address crop and livestock production, farm business, and…
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Rogue Farm Corps Accepting Applications for 2019 Positions

ATTRA News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 4:25pm
Related ATTRA Resource: Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships Oregon non-profit Rogue Farm Corps trains and equips the next generation of farmers via hands-on beginning and advanced programs in partnership with host farms focused on…
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Pawpaw Grafting Improves Production

ATTRA News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:29pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Pawpaw - A "Tropical" Fruit for Temperate Climates Kentucky State University researchers working under a grant from Southern SARE have used grafting on pawpaws to improve fruit production. A video is available online that…
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Land Access Challenges Young Farmers

ATTRA News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 6:53pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland Access to affordable land is a chief barrier across the country for young farmers, according to a feature posted by Pew Charitable Trusts. Although the farm population is…
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Midwest Agriculture Increasingly Vulnerable to Climate Change

ATTRA News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 6:13pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain Times A Cornell-led study published in Science Advances took a big-picture look at regional agricultural vulnerability to climate…
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Riparian Buffers Touted as Water Quality Solution

ATTRA News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 5:58pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Protecting Riparian Areas: Farmland Management Strategies Penn State researchers recently led a workshop to identify ways to accelerate the planting of riparian buffers to reduce farm runoff from Pennsylvania flowing into the…
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Grant Helps Researchers Tackle Perennial Weeds in Organic Systems

ATTRA News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:05pm
Montana State University and co-investigators at Washington State University, Oregon State University, North Dakota State University, and the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Sidney, Montana, have received a $2 million Organic Research and…
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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Analyzes 2018 Farm Bill

ATTRA News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 6:40pm
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is releasing a five-part series of blog posts analyzing different aspects of the 2018 Farm Bill that has been passed by Congress. The posts explore the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill with respect to…
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Maple and Birch Tapping Results to Help Determine Optimal Timing

ATTRA News - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 6:28pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Maple Sugaring: An Introduction to Small-Scale Commercial Production The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted a research update with data to help maple and birch syrup producers respond to variable…
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Mastitis-Reduction Project Begins with Survey of Vermont Organic Dairy Farmers

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 5:22pm
University of Vermont researchers engaged in a project to reduce mastitis are exploring how bedding and housing management can impact mastitis risk. The researchers invite organic dairy farmers in Vermont to participate in a five-minute online survey…
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Free Yearlong Training Program Offered for Beginning Farmers in Louisiana

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 4:50pm
LSU AgCenter begins Grow Louisiana, a free yearlong training program for beginning Louisiana farmers, in January in New Orleans. Grow Louisiana provides whole-farm planning, horticulture and business training, online resources, support and mentoring.…
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Farm Bill Conference Committee Delivers Final Bill

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 2:18pm
The 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee has released a final bill for Congress to vote on. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) notes that the bill provides permanent, baseline funding for significant programs such as the Beginning…
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Wisconsin Awards Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

ATTRA News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:32pm
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced that 24 groups of farmers who will work with conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues tailored to their local conditions will receive $750,000…
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Minnesota Announces State-Specific Dicamba Restriction

ATTRA News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:26pm
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a state-specific restriction for the use of the herbicide dicamba in Minnesota for the 2019 growing season, in addition to those established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The…
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Role of Animals in Carbon Storage Explored in Research

ATTRA News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:03pm
Research published in Science explored the role of animals in an ecosystem's ability to store carbon. An interdisciplinary international team of researchers found that the presence of wild animals in a landscape could increase or decrease rates of…
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North Central Region SARE Seeks Administrative Council Members

ATTRA News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 8:54pm
North Central Region SARE is seeking nominees for two seats on its Administrative Council: a farmer or rancher representative and a non-profit organization representative. Council members must live and work in one of the 12 states that comprise the…
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Fund Offers Low-Interest Loans to Carolina Farmers for Hurricane Recovery

ATTRA News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 8:21pm
The Natural Capital Investment Fund has launched the RESEED Recovery Fund, a $250,000 program that will provide low-interest, easily accessible loans to North Carolina and South Carolina farmers and value-added producers who sustained damages from…
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Organic Grower Summit Selects Thaddeus Barsotti as Grower of the Year

ATTRA News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 8:13pm
CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) have announced long-time organic grower Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic and Farm Fresh To You as the recipient of the Organic Grower Summit's Grower of the Year. Barsotti was selected based on his ongoing…
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Farm Financing Course Offered Free Online

ATTRA News - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 3:37pm
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Getting Started in Farming: An Introduction to Farm Business Planning Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) partnered with the farm business management staff of Western Technical College to create a series of…
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Rice Shows Promise for Phytoremediation of Agricultural Pesticides

ATTRA News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:24pm
The American Society of Agronomy reports that rice plants could help remove chemicals from agricultural runoff before it reaches surface water. USDA Agricultural Research Service tests showed that in fields of rice plants flooded with a mix of water and…
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