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Voices from the Field

Increasing Consumer Awareness
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

In this episode, Daniel Prial of the National Center for Appropriate Technology talks with Abby Ferris, Member Services Coordinator with the National Farmers Union, about the role of her organization and the importance of educating consumers about how the agriculture industry works.

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The Effects of Urban Agriculture
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In this episode, Kourtney Ross and Audrey Hollis of United People Community Organization Market and Farm in North St. Louis City, Missouri, talk with NCAT specialist Linda Coffey about the positive changes they've seen in their neighborhood and among children when they have the chance to grow their own food.

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Changing Blueberry Market
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2018

In this episode, Rich Myers of the National Center for Appropriate Technology talks with Austin Harley, a second-generation blueberry farmer near Covert, Michigan. Harley talks about changing market strategies as producers in more states choose blueberries as a crop; the labor market, and the challenges of dealing with plant-specific insect pests.

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Battling Food Insecurity Near Detroit
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018

In this episode, NCAT's Daniel Prial has a conversation with Cary Junior of the Southeast Michigan Producers Association. SEMPA is a cooperative of black, rural farmers outside Detroit. Its focus is getting the cooperative's produce into urban areas, especially areas with high food insecurity.

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The Evolving Poultry Operation
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2018

In this episode, we talk with Mike Andreas of Andreas Homestead near Raleigh, N.C. Mike, who has had a successful career in the entertainment industry, and his wife, Lynn, moved to North Carolina. After beginning to raise their own poultry, with help from neighbors, they have begun a small poultry meat business, sustainable raising around 300 to 500 birds each year, as well as 10 to 20 goats, on 10 acres. Mike talks about how after just a few years, others in the area have begun asking them for advice, the challenges of processing in North Carolina, and regenerating the tobacco-depleted land the operation is on.

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2017 Census of Agriculture
Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018

With about a month to go for farmers to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Brad Summa, Director of the Heartland Region of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, encourages farmers to complete their surveys. The survey, which is completed every five years, plays a significant role both in determining agricultural policy and in providing information producers can use down to the county level across the country. Mr. Summa emphasizes the importance of farmers' voices being heard and how important the survey is making that happen.

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Organics in Pennsylvania
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In this episode NCAT Soil Specialist Nina Prater has a wide ranging discussion with Hannah Smith-Brubaker. Hannah is an organic farmer and co-operator of Village Acres Farm near Mifflintown, PA.

She is also a farmer representative on the Northeast SARE Administrative Council and former Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Hannah talks about the economic benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture and the importance of including all producers in the conversation regardless of their current practices. She notes the strides being made by organic agriculture in Pennsylvania, including high rates of cover cropping and commitment by state government. She also describes her family's long history of organic farming.

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El Gauchito Hill Farm (en español)
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Entrevista con Aldo Andres Marega agricultor orgánico de El Gauchito Hill Farm en Yolo County California. La entrevista incluye: biografía, primeros años de experiencia, mercados de agricultor y ventas a restaurantes, retos o desafíos de fertilización y control de plagas, y consejos para agricultores principiantes. Con Martin Guerena, NCAT especialista del programa.

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El Gauchito Hill Farm
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Interview with Aldo Andres Marega organic farmer from El Gauchito Hill Farm in Yolo County California. The interview includes: biography, first years of experience, farmer's markets and restaurant sales, challenges or challenges of fertilization and pest control, and advice for beginning farmers. With Martin Guerena, NCAT program specialist.

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Opportunities in Agroforestry
Posted on Monday, April 9, 2018

In this episode, Luke Freeman, horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Hannah Hemmelgarn, the education program coordinator at The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri.

The conversation focuses on the wide-ranging possibilities of agroforestry and how producers can determine which may work for their operation. Hannah also lists some available resources; also check out NCAT horticultural specialist Guy Ames' publication Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks.

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Raising Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018

In this episode, NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey talks with Tessa McCormick about dairying with Nigerian Dwarf Goats and the process of developing a value-added cheese-making operation. Tessa and her husband Scott own the White River Creamery in Arkansas, where they milk 52 Nigerian Dwarf goats.

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Biosecurity for Poultry
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis discusses the importance of biosecurity measures for pastured and organic poultry flocks.

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Scaling Up in Texas. Part 1. Harvesting
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in the NCAT Southwest office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year round both in-field and in greenhouse settings.

Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA / Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he addresses changes the farm made in how it harvests its crops and the value of GAP and FSMA audits in determining practices to make their produce safer.

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Scaling Up in Texas. Part 2. Packing.
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in the NCAT Southwest office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year round both in-field and in greenhouse settings.

Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA / Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he talks about changes the farm make in how it packs produce.

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Scaling Up in Texas. Part 3. Transportation, Packaging, and Training.
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in the NCAT Southwest office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year round both in-field and in greenhouse settings.

Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA / Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he talks about changes the farm made to safely transport, package, and trace its produce as well as advice for new farmers.

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Draft Horse Question
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018

From time to time, we feature a popular question from ATTRA's Ask an Ag Expert feature on ATTRA: Voices from the Field. In this episode we discuss the question "What Are the Benefits of Using Draft Horses on the Farm." We also discuss the ATTRA Publication: Draft Animal Power for Farming.





Carbonomics
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In this episode, Keith Berns of Green Cover Seeds in Nebraska talks about "Carbonomics," a big-picture view of soil health. He compares the economy of a country with what's going on in the soil. "The soil operates as an economy," he says. "And when we can look at it that way, we will fundamentally understand it better."

Berns' talk took place at the Columbia County, Pennsylvania, Conservation District's 2 Soil Health Conference in Danville, Pennsylvania.

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Food Safety and Rodent Control
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In this episode, Internal GAP Auditor David Wise talks with Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, about strategies for keeping rodents out of fields.

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Therapy and Sustainable Agriculture
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sometimes, you can find the benefits of sustainable agriculture in unexpected places.

In this episode, NCAT sustainable agriculture specialist Felicia Bell talks with Cammie Kitchens, Chief Executive Officer of Fondren Cove Assisted Living in Jackson, Mississippi. Fonden Cove helps people with mental health issues, and Cammie's interest in sustainable agriculture began with an idea that being around farm animals could be therapeutic for clients. He also became an advocate of the role that that fresh, nutritious food can play in health.

Now Cammie operates a demonstration farm, CK Ag, and is looking to move forward with the role of sustainable agriculture in therapy with other farms as Fondren Cove expands.

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Food Safety and Water ~ Strike Farm
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In this episode, GAP Internal Auditor David Wise talks with Dylan Strike of Strike Farm near Bozeman, MT, about his operation's water-safety procedures. The talk is part of a video series available, which is available on the ATTRA Youtube Channel, here --> Farm-based Approach to Food Safety - The Internal GAP Audit.

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Food Safety and Water ~ County Rail Farm
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In this video Traci and Margaret of County Rail Farm near Huson, Montana, discuss their approach to water testing from their irrigation ditch. Organic certifier Jonda Crosby also joins the discussion. This discussion is an excerpt from the videos series Farm-Based Food Safety, which is available on the ATTRA Youtube Channel, here --> Farm-Based Food Safety.

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Relationship Between Organic Beef Producer and Processor
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017

In this episode, Wes Helpthorne of B-Bar Ranch near Big Timber, MT, discusses the process the ranch takes to process its beef at the nearby organically certified Pioneer Meats. Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association leads the discussion. The discussion is an excerpt from the video Inspecting Certified Organic Slaughterhouses, available on the ATTRA Video Archive.

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Organic Slaughterhouse Setup
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017

In this episode, Brian Engle, co-owner of Pioneer Meats near Big Timber, MT, discusses the issues the organically certified slaughterhouse has to take into consideration when it processes organic orders for customers. Margaret Scoles of the International Organic Inspectors Association leads the discussion. The discussion is an excerpt from the video Inspecting Certified Organic Slaughterhouses, available on the ATTRA Video Archive.

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Organic Cover Crops ~ Terrapin Farms
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017

In this episode, Judy Owsowitz, owner of Terrapin Farm near Whitefish, MT, discusses her certified organic operation's cover cropping and other strategies during a farm tour sponsored by USDA RMA. Her discussion also can be seen on the ATTRA Youtube Channel --> Terrapin Farm Cover Crop Tour Near Whitefish, Montana.

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Cover Cropping with Farmer Griff Bye
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017

In this episode, Griff Bye, co-owner of a farming operation near Kevan, Montana, discusses the operation's cover cropping plans and strategies as part of a farm tour sponsored by USDA RMA. This discussion is also available on the ATTRA Youtube Channel --> Bye Farm Cover Cropping Near Kevin, Montana.

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Interview with Organic Farmer Aldo Andres Marega
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017

In this episode NCAT specialist Martin Guenera interviews Aldo Andres Marega, an organic farmer from El Gauchito Hill Farm in Yolo County California. The interview includes: biography, first years of experience, farmer's markets and restaurant sales, challenges or challenges of fertilization and pest control, and advice for beginning farmers.

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Entrevista con Aldo Andres Marega agricultor orgánico
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017

Entrevista con Aldo Andres Marega agricultor orgánico de El Gauchito Hill Farm en Yolo County, California. La entrevista incluye: biografía, primeros años de experiencia, mercados de agricultor y ventas a restaurantes, retos o desafíos de fertilización y control de plagas, y consejos para agricultores principiantes. Martin Guenera dirige la entrevista.

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Vilicus Farm ~ Organic Dryland Crop Farming
Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

In this episode, Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones-Crabtree of Vilicus Farms in Hill County in northern Montana, discuss how they started the nationally recognized, first-generation, organic dryland crop farm. The farm produces a wide variety of grain, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops.

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Crop Planning and Labor Costs
Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017

In this episode NCAT Regional Office Director Rex Dufour talks with California farmer Chris Hay about crop planning, including pricing and labor costs.

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Wildlife and Food Safety
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farms near Bozeman, Montana, talks with GAP internal auditor David Wise about the farm's strategy for keeping wildlife and other unwanted animals off the farm.

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Situational Grazing with 'Grass Whisperer' Troy Bishopp
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2017

The first in a series of podcasts with Troy Bishopp, who custom grazes 100 percent grassfed dairy heifers and beef in southern New York. In this series, ATTRA specialist Lee Rinehart talks with Troy about decision-making throughout the grazing season. Situational grazing is all about thinking beyond the inputs, and observing, forecasting, and adapting to the changing conditions inherent in the grazing world. In this first podcast, Troy discusses preparing for the winter and provides some insight into his planning process for the upcoming year.

Bishopp offers planning charts for graziers at http://onpasture.com/troys-grazing-charts-and-how-to-use-them/

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Organic Farmer Luis Guevara in California
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017

In this episode NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews organic famer Luis Guevara of Rancho La Familia from Santa Maria California. It includes his biography; 38 years of farming experience; early years and markets; reasons for diversification; current markets; production challenges; climate change challenges; pest control techniques; fertilization practices; compost; cover crops; rotations and advice to new and beginning farmers.

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Growth of a California Organic Operation
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017

In this episode NCAT Program Specialist Martin Guerena interviews Martin Barnes of Capy Organics in Yolo County, California. The interview touches on the farm's early years and starting the Davis farmers market; its first crops; diversification of crops; the transition from markets to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture); the expansion to Southern California and the Pacific Northwest; technological innovation; expanding its CSA to 50,000 customers; its pest challenges then and now; its fertilization program with compost and foliar applications; and Martin's advice to beginning farmers on land and markets.

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Entrevista con Luis Guevara agricultor orgánico del Rancho La Familia
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017

Entrevista con Luis Guevara agricultor orgánico del Rancho La Familia de Santa María California. La Entrevista incluye: biografía, experiencia de 38 años como agricultor, principios, mercados, diversificación de productos, expansión de mercados, desafíos de producción, cambio climático, control de plagas, fertilización, rotación de cultivos y consejos para agricultores principiantes.

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School Harvest of the Month ~ Part 3
Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

In this episode, NCAT Local Food Specialist Demetrius Fassas talks about the challenges and opportunities of introducing a local food Harvest of the months in Plevna, a small town in rural eastern Montana. The school's two food-staff members, Connie Long and Bertie Reger, talk about the challenges of finding the food; the importance of having a supportive school administration; and the positive impacts of the program on the students.

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Keeping Peaches Cool
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

In this episode, internal GAP auditor David Wise talks with Tom McCamat of the Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, about the cooling equipment and strategy he uses for his peach crop. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."

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Packing Peaches Near Paradise
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

In this episode, Tom McCamat of Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, discusses the picking, and packing operation on the peach orchard. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."

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One Farm's Traceability Strategy
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farm near Bozeman, Montana, talks with internal GAP auditor David Wise about how the diversified operation traces its crops. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."

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Organic Considerations
Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In this episode, Ken Mugg of Muff Family Farm near Tallapoosa, Georgia, talks with Margaret Scoles, executive director of the International Organic Inspectors Association, about the considerations that went into Ken deciding to become organically certified. The interview is part of a video, "What to Expect at an Organic Livestock Inspection."

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Chicks or Pullets for Eggs
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017

In this episode, we take a question from the "Ask an Ag Expert" feature offered by NCAT's ATTRA program. The question is whether it's a better idea to start a pastured poultry egg operation. To ask an ag expert a question – free of charge, go here.

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Montana Food Hub
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017

In this episode, Dave Prather of the Western Montana Food Growers Cooperative talks about the challenges that were overcome when the cooperative was created.

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Food Safety-A Farmer's Perspective
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017

In this episode, Tracy Potter Finns and Margaret Debona from Country Rail Farn near Huson, Montana, talk about why they became GAP certified and the process of developing their food safety plan. This podcast is also available as part of a video series – Farm Based Food Safety Video series.

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Local Foods and Food Banks
Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In the this episode, Michael McCormick, the executive director of the Food Resource Center in Livingston, Montana, talks about how the FRC grew from a more typical food pantry to a more active role in addressing poverty and its effects in the community. FRC now has a commercial kitchen, where it conducts vocational classes, and offers a lot of healthy food produced by local and Montana ag operations. The philosophy is to help people improve their lives, not simply feed them for a day.

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School "Harvest of the Month" Part 2
Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017

In this episode, Demetrius Fassas, a Local Food Program Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Aubrey Roth, the Montana Food to School Coordinator with Montana Team Nutrition discuss the producers' role in the "Harvest of the Month" program in Montana. The program features a different Montana agricultural product in participating schools each month.

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Work-site and Institutional Marketing in Texas
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017

In this episode, Kevin Ellis, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, visits with two presenters at the 2017 Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference.

Farmer Juan Raygosa of the Terra Preta Farm and Deputy Director of the Sustainable Food Center Joy Casnovsky talks about marketing strategies for working directly with hospitals and other institutions as well as work-site CSAs.

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School "Harvest of the Month" Part 1
Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In this episode, Demetrius Fassas, a Local Food Program Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Aubrey Roth, the Montana Food to School Coordinator with Montana Team Nutrition discuss the "Harvest of the Month" program in Montana. The program features a different Montana agricultural product in participating schools each month and engages students through preparation of the food and "Don't Yuck My Yum" taste tests.

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The Grazing Calculator
Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Sustainable Agriculture Specialists Dave Scott and Lee Rinehart discuss ATTRA's new Grazing Plan Calculator and run through an example of using it.

The calculator, along with ATTRA's other grazing materials, are available at in our Livestock and Pasture section. Download the free calculator here.

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More Than Getting the Wool Off
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana, discusses how to prepare for the "before, during, and after" of shearing.

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Keys to Cover Crops
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017

In this episode, Andrew Coggins, Agriculture Project Coordinator with the National Center for Appropriate Technolgy’s headquarters in Butte, MT, discusses the goals of cover cropping. He also describes the cover-cropping strategy NCAT’s SIFT demonstration farm in Butte.

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Keys to Composting
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017

In this edition, Andrew Coggins, Agriculture Project Coordinator at the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s headquarters in Butte, MT, discusses the keys to creating an effective composting strategy.

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New Federal Safety Regulations
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017

In this episode, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Tammy Howard speaks with Betsy Miller, Montana Department of Agriculture food-safety coordinator, about new regulations coming into effect as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. In this podcast, they focus on FSMA’s produce rule.

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Food Safety and GAP
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

David Wise is a farm food safety consultant in Montana. He currently works with farmers throughout the state on helping them with their GAP certification and doing internal auditing of farmers food safety plans.

In this edition of ATTRA: Voices from the Field, Tammy Howard talks with him about the internal audit program and different food safety certification programs throughout the state.

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Arkansas Marketing Panel
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017

This podcast features excerpts from a panel discussion on marketing that took place during an NCAT workshop on vegetable production and business management held at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, 1n May 2017. NCAT’s Southeast Regional director Margo Hale facilitated the discussion, and the panelists were (in order of appearance) Mary Bone of Lighthouse Produce Farms in Fargo, AR; Ben Maddox of New South Produce Cooperative in Little Rock, AR; and Paul Chapracki of Ozark Alternatives in Lowell, AR. In this segment the panelists discuss successful strategies for selling at the farmers market and through CSAs. They also offer on pricing your produce and setting yourself apart in the marketplace.

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Value Added Products at Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas
Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

Robert Maggiani, a horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Larry Butler, co-owner of Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas. They talk about the farm and the value added products it has sold over the years. The farm's website is available at https://www.boggycreekfarm.com/. There is a short description of the farm here at https://localharvest.org/boggy-creek-farm-M4142 .
The conversation is part of the Beyond Fresh project, a SSARE-funded project with the following objectives:
1. Research opportunities for value-added processing of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables in Texas, with special attention to the appropriate scale of production.
2. Increase the sales and profitability of value-added products by sustainable and organic fruit and vegetable growers in Texas.
3. Educate and organize growers, facilitating key decisions about topics such as appropriate business structures, values-based branding, sustainability requirements, and scale of production.
4. Cultivate increased collaboration, coordination, and support for value-added enterprise development in the sustainable and organic sector by strengthening inter-industry value chains and rural-urban linkages and quantifying regional economic impacts.

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Ocean Farming: a Conversation with Bren Smith
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017

Ocean farming is the new frontier for sustainable and restorative food production. More than that, it holds promise for job creation, coastal community development, and ecosystem restoration. In this podcast Lee Rinehart, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is joined by Bren Smith, executive director of Greenwave, a non-profit focused on expanding opportunities for fisherman and farmers to start sustainable shellfish and aquatic plant farming enterprises. Bren, a former commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer and advocate, explains the multitrophic 3-D Ocean Farming concept, and invites listeners to share in a new vision for seafood production.

For more on ATTRA's sustainable agriculture resources, including Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming, visit https://attra.ncat.org/aquaculture/.

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Ecological Seafood Production
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017

The world demand for seafood is increasing and is putting pressure on our oceans for protein. And as the human population increases, it is crucial that we foster ecological and regenerative systems to produce seafood that reverses the ocean degradation we have caused through overfishing and unsustainable fish farming methods.

Fish production and harvest is largely industrial in nature. To be sustainable, fisheries must be developed on a place-based ecological model of restorative systems that regenerate and sustain our waters while providing opportunities for farmers and fishermen to reclaim the waterfront.

In this video, National Center for Appropriate Technology Program Specialist Lee Rinehart discusses ATTRA's new Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming website, which has resources to help farmers, fishermen, and communities make decisions in developing ecologically appropriate, place-based seafood production enterprises.

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Blackberries in Arkansas
Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017

In this podcast National Center for Appropriate Technology specialist Luke Freeman hold a conversation about blackberries with Dr. John Clark of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

They get in depth on Dr. Clark's broad experience with blackberry research; changes in the industry; and new cultivars that are becoming available.

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Brambles
Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017

In this podcast, ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman talks with Dr. Curt Rom of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville about growing organic brambles in high tunnels. They touch on the advantages of growing in high tunnels and some of the obstacles Dr. Rom has dealt with during his research production of blackberries and raspberries. They also touch on the economics of growing organic brambles in high tunnels and how producers have successfully used high tunnels in areas where the climate isn't conducive to growing brambles. Luke recently updated the popular ATTRA publication, "Brambles: Organic Production," which is now available as a free download on the at ATTRA website.


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Managing Vertebrate Pests (Part 1)
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Guy Ames, NCAT horticulturist and fruit grower in the Arkansas Ozarks, shares his experiences living with and trying to manage vertebrate pests like birds, deer, rabbits and more. Vertebrate pests distinguish themselves from insect pests and diseases by their ability to learn, an ability that makes them both harder to control and possibly more manipulable to control.

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Managing Vertebrate Pests (Part 2)
Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Guy Ames, NCAT horticulturist and fruit grower in the Arkansas Ozarks, shares his experiences living with and trying to manage vertebrate pests like birds, deer, rabbits and more. Vertebrate pests distinguish themselves from insect pests and diseases by their ability to learn, an ability that makes them both harder to control and possibly more manipulable to control.

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Where's My Beef?-Specific Risk Material: How It Affects Cuts and Boxed Yield
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017

No, the butcher did not have it for his dinner. By federal law, any beef that is older than 30 months is subject to the Specific Risk Material regulation. All custom, state, and federally inspected processing plants must remove the brains, eyes, spinal cord and a large portion of the vertebral column from the final cuts of beef. This results in the absence of some traditional cuts and 10-15 percent less pounds back in your box. In this podcast, NCAT livestock specialist Dave Scott and Justin Fisher of Ranchland Packing Company in Butte, Montana, discuss the law and its affects.

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Overwintering in a Cool, Short Growing Climate
Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In this episode of ATTRA: Voices from the Field, John Wallace, who manages the SIFT Farm at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana, talks about the challenges of growing in the relatively short and cool climate at the farm. He discusses what SIFT has learned about overwintering, particularly focusing on parsnips and onion crops. John also talks about the cover crops the farm is experimenting with.

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Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas: Part 1. Building Soil Organic Matter
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, explains how to build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond.

The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970.

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Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas: Part 2. Choosing Cover Crops
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, explains how to choose cover crops (including some unfamiliar in the United States) to build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond.

The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970.

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Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas: Part 3. Suggested Cover Crops
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, discusses some particular cover crops (including some unfamiliar in the United States) that can be used build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond.

The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970.

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Cover Crops
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017

In this episode, Tammy Howard, an agronomy specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, speaks at a USDA Risk Management Agency sponsored tour of Terrapin Farm near Whitefish, Montana. She discusses the uses of cover crops for various purposes, including fertility, weed management, and increasing biomass. She also discusses crop rotation and termination.

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Farm Energy Efficiency
Posted on Monday, February 6, 2017

In this podcast, NCAT Energy Specialist Stacie Peterson discusses ATTRA's new Farm Energy Efficiency Tutorial. This series of lessons is designed for farmers who would like to increase the energy efficiency of their farm and processes. It features tutorials on farm building efficiency, outdoor lighting, irrigation efficiency, solar, small-scale wind, and biodiesel.

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Working With Your Meat Processor
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In this episode, NCAT Specialist Linda Coffey discusses her new publication, "Working with Your Meat Processor." She finds that miscommunications between producers and processors often lead to different expectations, and she talks about some of the issues that often arise because of those differing expectations. "Working with Your Meat Processor" is available on the ATTRA website at www.attra.ncat.org.

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What is a Lambulator?
Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017

You've gone to great effort to raise a nice set of finished lambs and have them processed. Now what? It's great if you can sell them all as wholes or halves. But maybe you can't. How do you go about pricing individual cuts for profit? What is the smallest lamb that you should have in your direct-market program? How do you price high-demand cuts to cover the lower pricing of lesser-demand cuts? In the maze of cuts and cut prices, what is your profit per lamb? An interview with ATTRA Livestock specialist Dave Scott will answer these questions and more.

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Nuevos Mercados para Su Cosecha
Esta historieta ilustrada trata de un nuevo mercado para los agricultores de pequeña escala. Explica como pueden vender sus productos a las instituciones locales, tal como hospitales, colegios de comunidad, universidades, escuelas, asilos de ancianos, centros comunitarios para adultos mayores, guarderías infantiles, prisiones, y cárceles. Incluye información sobre organizaciones que ayudan a agricultores Latinos vender sus productos a instituciones.
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Green Talk LogoThe National Center for Appropriate Technology's Sustainable Agriculture Spotlight is a weekly Internet radio show. The show covers a wide range of topics on sustainable agriculture, including on-farm production of biodiesel, integrated pest management, growing crops for farmers' markets, organic crop certification and federal farm policy. Host Jeff Birkby, ATTRA outreach director, interviewed regional and national experts. The show aired live Thursdays at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on the Green Talk Network.
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