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Webinar Series Focuses on Cropping Strategies for Managing Soil Health

ATTRA News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:40pm
Penn State Extension's 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series addresses topics related to soil health in three one-hour sessions each featuring two speakers. Recordings are available from the February 6 session featuring "Fungal Endophytes: Fungi…
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Fourth Edition of Annotated Bibliography on Racism in the Food System Released

ATTRA News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 6:15pm
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System: Fourth Edition. This resource identifies literature that links the social construction of whiteness…
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Leopold Center Awards Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Grants

ATTRA News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:54pm
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants for 21 new research and demonstration projects that will aid in the advancement of sustainable agriculture while protecting Iowa’s soil and water and help Iowa citizens increase the…
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USDA Seeks Local Food Grant Reviewers

ATTRA News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:01pm
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). All interested agricultural…
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Texas Small Producers Invited to Participate in Needs Assessment

ATTRA News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:43pm
Researchers from Texas State University are collaborating with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Johnny’s Selected Seed, the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Texas Organic Farmers…
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AMS Extends Comment Period for Sunset Amendments to National List

ATTRA News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:30pm
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List proposed rule by 30 days to April 19, 2017. The proposed rule would remove eleven substances from the National List of Allowed…
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Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Abstracts and Poster Summaries Online

ATTRA News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 8:44pm
The Organic Farming Research Foundation hosted the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) in Kentucky on January 25-26, 2017. The event featured presentations and discussion on organic agriculture topics ranging from soil health and pest…
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Reminder: Participate in National Young Farmers Coalition Survey

ATTRA News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 8:02pm
The National Young Farmers Coalition's (NYFC) 2017 online survey is open until February 28. The survey is conducted every five years by NYFC in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Farmers…
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Free Webinar Series Addresses Food Hub Finances

ATTRA News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:39pm
National Good Food Network is presenting a five-part webinar series, "Financial Fundamentals for Food Hubs," beginning February 21 and held weekly on Tuesdays. Participants in this beginner-friendly, multi-part financial webinar series, led by…
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FAO supporting Bolivia’s bid to access climate funding via UN fund

FAO Newsroom - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:00pm
FAO is assisting Bolivia in its effort to access financial support for improved water management programs in those areas of the Andean nation that have been hardest hit by prolonged drought.
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Acting Secretary of Agriculture Visits Workers Impacted By Louisiana Tornado and Tours Storm Damage

USDA Latest news - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:00pm
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 - Acting Agriculture Deputy Secretary Mike Young visited the displaced workers of the USDA Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) National Finance Center (NFC) Monday after an EF-3 tornado hit the New Orleans-based NFC building last week, causing severe damage. No one was seriously hurt as a result of the storm, which struck at approximately 11:20 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.
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Fungi Play Important Role in Soil-Community Relationships

ATTRA News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:51pm
A European research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology found that although former agricultural soils have all major groups of soil life, these groups lack relationships at first. Fungi play a key role in establishing connections between…
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Demand for Organic and Non-GMO Grain Outstripping U.S. Production

ATTRA News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:55pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic System Plan Template for Crop and/or Livestock ProductionA new report from CoBank notes that although U.S. production of non-GMO crops has risen, domestic production of organic corn and soybeans remains well short of…
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Loan Fund for Small-Scale, Sustainable Farmers Launched in Minnesota

ATTRA News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:33pm
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), along with its partners through the FEAST Local Foods Network, including Renewing the Countryside and Slow Money Minnesota, have announced the launch of a new loan fund for small-scale, sustainable…
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Drought is pushing food prices up sharply in East Africa

FAO Newsroom - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:00am
Drought throughout East Africa has curbed harvests and pushed food prices to unusually high levels, posing special risks for pastoralists. Prices are at record levels in swathes of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, according to the latest Food Price Monitoring and Analysis Bulletin.
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International Year of Pulses Closes

ATTRA News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 5:42pm
The International Year of Pulses (IYP) drew to a close February 10 with an official ceremony in Burkina Faso. With the slogan 'Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future', IYP was launched in November 2015, and the UN General Assembly nominated its Food…
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Publications on On-Farm Solar Electric Energy Released

ATTRA News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 5:08pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the FarmIowa State University Extension and Outreach has released Farm Energy: Solar photovoltaic energy for agricultural operations. The new publication, available free online, discusses…
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FamilyFarmed Seeking Growing Young Farmers Stories

ATTRA News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:41pm
FamilyFarmed is launching a Growing Young Farmers series on the Good Food on Every Table website and is crowdsourcing stories from across the United States. Stories can cover any part(s) of the wide range of issues facing farmers who are seeking to…
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FAO Director-General urges more support to help small farmers adapt to a changing climate

FAO Newsroom - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 4:00pm
Failure to act now to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom to failure international efforts to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, according to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
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Birch Syrup Production Opportunities Assessed in Report

ATTRA News - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 4:34pm
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the results of a project exploring opportunities for regional maple sugarmakers to produce birch syrup. The 10-page PDF report available online concludes that birch syrup…
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