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Agroforestry Research Funding Guide Available

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 5:37pm
The USDA National Agroforestry Center has published Guide to USDA Agroforestry Research Funding Opportunities. The 28-page PDF publication provides an overview of external agroforestry research funding opportunities offered by USDA agencies. It is…
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USDA Plans Studies on Aquaculture and Irrigation

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 5:27pm
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two special studies as part of the 2017 Census of Agriculture to collect more detailed information on aquaculture and irrigation practices in U.S. agriculture. NASS is mailing the 2018…
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Blackcurrants in UK Threatened by Warmer Winters

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 5:19pm
Related ATTRA Publication: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain Times Researchers from the James Hutton Institute reported at the British Ecological Society's annual meeting that milder winters…
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Northeast Farmers Being Surveyed on Edible Weeds

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 6:44pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Weeds as Crops project funded by Northeast SARE is researching the use and marketability of edible weeds as supplemental farm crops. The project is collecting information from farmers for a resource guide on how and why…
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Modern Broiler Chickens a Defining Feature of Geological Epoch

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 6:32pm
International researchers say that the breeding and consumption of the modern broiler chicken is a defining feature of the Anthropocene, the era of human impact on geological processes. They note that broiler chickens are the most numerous terrestrial…
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Report Profiles Nation's Family Farms

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 11:47am
USDA Economic Research Service has released America‚Äôs Diverse Family Farms: 2018 Edition. The 28-page PDF report is available online, and shows that in 2017% of U.S. farms were family farms, and they accounted for 87% of farm production. The report…
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Beginning Farmer Webinar Series Begins in January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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