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Related ATTRA Videos: Soils and Compost A new, four-minute video from Sustainable Agriculture Reseach & Education (SARE) showcases the success of a 2016 SARE-funded project in Pennsylvania that aimed to engage more farmers in utilizing cover crops…...

A new open-access tool developed by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with support from the Google Earth Engine Team and the US Government's SilvaCarbon Program, allows anyone…...

Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil Health A new generation of Heartland farmers is focusing on soil health, according to a feature in The Christian Science Monitor. Farmers working on slim margins can be reluctant to change the way they operate, notes the…...

Noble Research Institute has provided an update on its efforts to advance ecosystem service markets (ESM) that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems. The development team has offered a preview of the ESM protocol to a number of…...

The Ecological Farming Association will present its Steward of Sustainable Agriculture Awards (Susties) and the Advocates for Social Justice in Sustainable Agriculture Awards (Justies) at the annual EcoFarm Conference Awards Banquet on January 25, 2019.…...

Related ATTRA Podcast: Land Loss in African-American Communities In December, Texas became the tenth state to pass the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, reports KBTX-TV. The law provides inherited property protections to vulnerable, low- and…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Vegetation Management Services In many parts of the country, people who are looking for a final use for their real Christmas trees are donating them to flocks of goats. Goat…...

The stories of nine small seed companies that are leaders in preserving heirloom seeds are presented in an online exhibit from Seed Savers Exchange, The Rise of Heirloom Seeds. "This first wave of heirloom seed companies did not offer seed catalogs in…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Certification of Farms and Businesses Producing Agricultural Products Gigi DiGiacomo, co-author of Organic Transition, a Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs, offered some guidance for farmers…...

A "Michigan Good Food Stories" feature on Rapid Growth Media takes a look at how food equity relates to health outcomes. A charity food system that was meant to be temporary, but has become entrenched, has contributed to poor health outcomes for…...

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The Department is…...

A feature in Civil Eats explains how Wisconsin farmer Paul Bickford is transitioning his operation to unrelated successors John and Halee Wepking. Bickford advertised to find young farmers who share his land stewardship ethics. The Wepkings, in turn,…...

A study in China, published in Annals of the Entomological Society of America, found that polyculture supports increased populations of natural-enemy insects that prey on crop pests. The three-year study measured plant and insect biomass in plots with…...

Related ATTRA Tutorial: Business Planning and Marketing Beginning farmers in California are often more drawn to the outdoor aspects of the career than the business side of farming, reports Southern California Public Radio, yet when small farms fail,…...

Related ATTRA Webinar: Using Instagram to Grow Your Farm BusinessRichardson Family Farm in Hartland, Vermont, has nearly 14,000 Instagram followers, reports Burlington Free Press. Amy Richardson began the account in 2013, and has evolved a management…...

Each spring, The FruitGuys Community Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to small American farms for sustainability projects that have large positive impacts on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. In May 2018, 13 small farms and…...

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University recently released A Pesticide Decision-Making Guide to Protect Pollinators in Tree Fruit Orchards. The 30-page online guide provides at-a-glance perspectives on best choices for…...

At the COP24 Climate Talks, farmers were illustrating how a changing climate is already impacting their operations and sharing their ideas about the potential for changing agricultural methods to make agriculture a carbon sink rather than a contributor,…...

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced that nearly $8.5 million has been awarded in support of conservation easement projects on several New York dairy farms. The Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program is helping to…...

The National Restaurant Association's annual What?s Hot survey consulted 650 professional chefs on food trends for 2019. A majority of the responding members of the American Culinary Federation indicated that globally inspired breakfast would be the…...

Researchers at Iowa State University have published results on the performance of the saturated riparian buffer system that they developed to reduce nutrient pollution in water drained from crop fields. Riparian buffers that consist of trees, shrubs,…...

President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018. Numerous organizations have issued statements reacting to the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Comments are available from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, from the National…...

Penn State University researchers who studied milk production records across the country report that fluctuations in milk yield and composition are mainly driven by photoperiod and not strictly by environmental conditions such as heat stress. "On…...

Organic Insider has posted what it identifies as the top five organic food trends for 2019. The first is add-on labels to the USDA organic label, such as Regenerative Organic Certification or Real Organic. Other trends include products such as kefir…...

In difficult financial times for farmers, University of Minnesota Extension wants to make sure that farmers are aware of resources available to help them. These include free counseling, advice, and round-the-clock helplines. Farmers Liz and Bob Krocak…...

USDA has announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard for disclosing foods that are or may be bioengineered. The Standard defines bioengineered foods as those that contain detectable genetic material that has been modified through lab…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

USDA Economic Research Service has released America?s 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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

Related ATTRA Publication: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm USDA has announced that it will provide $3.7 million to help defray the costs of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits for fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states.…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture Dovetail Partners, the U.S. Biochar Initiative, the International Biochar Initiative, and The Watershed Research and Training Center have released Survey and Analysis of the U.S. Biochar…...

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,…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

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…...

Maine is partnering with USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to invest $538,073 to support Maine specialty crop producers. Among this year's awards are two for research at the University of Maine to improve blueberry production, including education…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Building Healthy Pasture Soils Researchers found that it's possible to use a handheld near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) device to measure nutrients in pasture. The research was published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Biosecurity Basics Tipsheet for Pastured Poultry USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and…...

Farm to Institution New England along with partners UMass Amherst, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and Health Care Without Harm have announced the third biennial New England Farm to…...

Related ATTRA Tutorial: Soil Health The Soil Health Institute has released a 60-minute documentary, Living Soil, on the history and significance of the soil health movement. Living Soil captures the background of the current soil health movement and its…...

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the award of six grants through the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program. This program provides grants to nonprofit organizations for training…...

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) has developed a new online tool: Climate Change in Your County. "The tool allows you to zoom in on your particular county in the Northeast to see how global climate change is really happening in…...

As part of a NIFA grant through the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities: Small and Medium-Sized Farms Program, University of Maine researchers will be assessing climate perceptions and developing adaptation resources for small, medium, and…...

Family-owned Elliot Farm in Lakeville, Massachusetts, specializes in sweet corn, but the farm experienced 80% crop loss in 2016 due to damage from red-winged blackbirds, despite efforts to keep the pests at bay. Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural…...

Related ATTRA Resources: Veteran Resources Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced five new farmer veteran tractor recipients as part of its 2018 ?Geared to Give? program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). The 2018 program received…...

Researchers at Harvard University have found that a prolonged growing season due to increased temperatures, combined with the natural cooling effects of large fields of plants, contributed greatly to improved corn yields from 1981 to 2017 in the U.S.…...

USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) has published a Federal Register Notice to solicit applications for the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. This committee works in the interest of the public to ensure socially disadvantaged…...

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center's farm has been awarded a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant to develop an agro-phenological calendar for northeast Minnesota, reports Lake County News Chronicle. Wolf…...

Vermont Farm to Plate Network announced at its annual Farm to Plate Gathering that local food and beverage consumption by Vermonters increased to 12.9%, in 2017, surpassing a target goal of reaching 10% by 2020. The research on local food and beverage…...

Illinois Department of Agriculture invites veterans and current active duty service members to take part in the Homegrown By Heroes program. This program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and producers who have served or are still serving in…...

A study led by Harvard University's James Crall tagged bumblebees with uniquely patterned designs that could be tracked by high-resolution cameras to monitor neonicotinoid impacts. The study showed that nine colonies of bees that were given sugar syrup…...

Practical Farmers of Iowa has scheduled its fall 2018 series of farmer-led webinars--"farminars." The weekly evening webinars each focus on a unique production or business management topic. All presentations are led by an experienced farmer or…...

American Farmland Trust, the State of New York, agricultural organizations, land trusts, and others have launched Farmland for a New Generation New York, a program to help existing farmers, new farmers, and younger generations of farm families access…...

North Carolina Extension educators are supporting producers of industrial hemp by sharing information from the second year of a pilot research program in the state. Because hemp hasn't been grown in the state for decades, producers are struggling to…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Potatoes: Organic Production and Marketing Brothers Brian and Brad Igl and their father, Tom, began transitioning their third-generation farm to organic production in 1997, says a feature on Agri-View. Today they raise alfalfa…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Raising Organic Pigs: A Guide to USDA Certified Organic Requirements Demand for pasture-raised pork is strong, according to an Ag Update article that cites a number of producers around the country who say their customers are…...

Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking stakeholder input on priorities for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These priorities will be used to inform the grant-making process and funding decisions for the State of Montana?s Specialty…...

Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG) announced that its guide Navigating Disaster Assistance for Farmers has been updated in response to Hurricane Florence. FLAG, Farm Aid, and the Rural Advancement Foundation-International updated the three-page…...

The Montana Harvest of the Month program has the goal of increasing the sale of specialty crops to Montana institutions. It began by assisting schools in showcasing a food produced in the state each month. The program expanded to include community…...

Organic 2051, a forum on the future of farming that is being held in conjunction with the MOSES Organic Farming Conference on February 21, 2019, is inviting applications to participate. MOSES is bringing farmers and leaders in the organic research,…...

The California Department of Food and Agriculture and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources have signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate a new partnership to advance climate-smart agriculture in California. This partnership…...

Related ATTRA Publication: Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business Farmers.gov announced in a blog post that it has introduced five new ways to access farmers' stories. The @FarmersGov Twitter offers daily news, while FarmersGov YouTube offers…...