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Minnesota Awards Specialty Crop Block Grants

ATTRA News - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 5:47pm
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has awarded 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants to sixteen recipient organizations across Minnesota. The grant program aims to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Minnesota through research,…
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U.S. Biochar Industry Profiled in Report

ATTRA News - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 5:14pm
Dovetail Partners, the US Biochar Initiative, the International Biochar Initiative, and The Watershed Research and Training Center have released Survey and Analysis of the U.S. Biochar Industry, an assessment effort upon which they collaborated. The…
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USDA Program Supports Community Infrastructure and Essential Services

ATTRA News - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 3:58pm
USDA has announced that it is investing $291 million in 41 community infrastructure and essential services projects in 18 states through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. A list of the projects receiving loans is available online. The…
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Kansas Specialty-Crop Grower Discusses Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Scaling Down

ATTRA News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:07pm
Related ATTRA Tutorial: Scaling Up for Regional Markets In the latest in Kansas Rural Center's series of specialty-crop grower profiles, Dan Kuhn relates how his operation has grown since he and his wife began with 1.5 acres in 1989. Now, Kuhn farms 190…
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Project Focuses on Improving Soil Care in Organic Vegetable Production

ATTRA News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 4:50pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Tipsheet: Assessing the Soil Resource for Beginning Organic Farmers Eight organic vegetable growers in California are working with researchers at Chico State, Fresno State, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources on a project…
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NOSB Announces Spring 2019 Meeting in Seattle

ATTRA News - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 4:39pm
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet April 24-26, 2019, in Seattle to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List…
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Women for the Land Launched in California

ATTRA News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:19am
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Farm Leases and Contracts: Creating Smart, Effective Documents American Farmland Trust has announced the launch of Women for the Land in California, a program to support female landowners in accessing resources and…
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Videos Help Owners Profit from Woodland

ATTRA News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:06am
Related ATTRA Publication: Maple Sugaring: An Introduction to Small-Scale Commercial Production Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County is developing a series of videos that show woodland owners how they can use forest enterprises and products…
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Small Grains in the Corn Belt Initiative Launches Monthly Newsletter

ATTRA News - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 10:57am
Related ATTRA Publication: Moving Beyond Conventional Cash Cropping Sustainable Food Lab has launched a monthly Small Grains in the Corn Belt Initiative newsletter. In partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, the goal of this initiative is to…
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Beginning Farmer Program from Penn State Extension Recognized with Award

ATTRA News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 8:45pm
Related ATTRA Resources: Beginning Farmer A Penn State Extension project aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers has received an award for excellence from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The three-year project, which…
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Southern SARE Seeks Nominations to Administrative Council

ATTRA News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 4:34pm
The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of a producer experienced with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace an…
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National Climate Assessment Carries Warnings for Agriculture

ATTRA News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 4:10pm
The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released The Fourth National Climate Assessment, an examination of the effects of climate change on the United States, reported to Congress and the President. A team of more than 300 federal and non-federal…
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Western SARE Accepting Nominations for Western Sustainability Pioneer Award

ATTRA News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:55pm
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is accepting applications for its 2019 Western Sustainability Pioneer Award until January 11, 2019. The award gives tribute to regional agricultural leaders and their vision for…
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Researchers Say Citizen Scientists Could Help Advance Agricultural Research

ATTRA News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 9:48pm
An international team of researchers published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, investigating the potential for citizen science to contribute to agricultural research. The team identified unique opportunities for citizen scientists to help…
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Leopold Conservation Award Winners Announced in Several States

ATTRA News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 3:55pm
The Sand County Foundation, which partners with groups in several states to offer the annual Leopold Conservation Award, has recently announced the 2018 winners in five states. The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes…
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