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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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California Rangeland Stewards Showcased on World Soils Day

ATTRA News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:06pm
In honor of World Soil Day on December 5, California Rangeland Trust posted a feature on Scott and Karen Stone of Yolo Land & Cattle Company and their approach to soil health. Yolo Land & Cattle Company uses rotational grazing and composting to…
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Purdue Study Identifies Hot Spots for New American Farmers

ATTRA News - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 9:07pm
Purdue University environmental anthropologist Andrew Flachs has published a paper in Rural Sociology that identifies hot spots where younger people new to agricultural work are taking up farming. Many of these hot spots are on the peripheries of hip…
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USDA Offers Assistance for GAP Audits in 16 States

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 6:02pm
Related ATTRA Publication: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm USDA has announced that it will provide $3.7 to help defray the costs of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits for fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states.…
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Guide Explains How Organic Farming Practices Mitigate Climate Change

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 5:52pm
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has released the eighth guidebook in their Soil Health and Organic Farming Series, Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration. This guide examines research related to the…
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USDA Encourages Market-Based and Other Approaches to Reducing Excess Nutrients in Waterways

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 5:33pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal, and federal efforts to reduce…
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Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance Offers Early Bird Discount, Farmer Scholarships

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:10pm
The Montana Summit on Agricultural Finance, scheduled for February 6-7, 2019, in Chico Hot Springs, is offering early-bird registration discounts until December 15, 2018. The Summit will be a gathering of people who share a common interest in helping…
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Study Looks at Barriers to Conservation on Rented Land

ATTRA News - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 9:01am
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Farm Leases and Contracts: Creating Smart, Effective Documents A study by Purdue University and The Nature Conservancy explored barriers to implementing conservation practices on the roughly 39% of U.S. farmland that…
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Pennsylvania Permitting Industrial Hemp Research; New Mexico Approves Industrial Hemp Regulations

ATTRA News - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 6:39pm
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is offering 60 permits for industrial hemp research in 2019. The Department of Agriculture will select projects based on a complete program application and merit of the proposed research. Under the program, the…
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The Fruit Guys Community Fund Seeks Small-Farm Grant Reviewer Volunteers

ATTRA News - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 3:37pm
The Fruit Guys Community Fund is seeking volunteers to join its annual small-farm grant review committee. Volunteers to donate eight to 10 hours as part of the farm grant application review process. The participation is mostly virtual, and takes place…
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NRCS Announces Extended Renewal Opportunity for Expiring CSP Contracts

ATTRA News - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 3:30pm
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that producers with existing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts will be given the opportunity to renew their contracts in 2019. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition…
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Diversity Helps Sustain Kansas Farm

ATTRA News - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 1:38pm
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Scaling Up for Regional Markets The final installment in a series of five farmer profiles distributed by the Kansas Rural Center features Nina and Jeter Isely of Y Knot Farm in Bird City, Kansas. The couple runs a diversified…
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Wild Bees Produce Better Blueberries, Vermont Study Shows

ATTRA News - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 5:27pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees A study led by University of Vermont scientists found that wild bees improve not only blueberry quantities, but also size, size consistency, and earliness of harvest. Researchers studied…
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Select Sessions to Livestream from Young Farmers Conference

ATTRA News - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 4:17pm
A number of sessions from the Young Farmers Conference being held December 5-7, 2018, will be streamed live on the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Facebook page. The Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns is a skill-building conference for…
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Food Sustainability Index Says France Has Top Food System

ATTRA News - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 4:03pm
The updated Food Sustainability Index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation ranks France as the country with the most sustainable food system for the second year running, out of 67 nations…
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