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Armed to Farm 2013

"Armed To Farm" Events Aid Vets Considering Sustainable-Ag Career

Veterans and their spouses can apply to spend several days in September learning about sustainable, small-scale farming at "Armed to Farm" (ATF) events in Arkansas and Mississippi. ATF will be a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more.
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Drought Programs and Resources

In disaster situations, support programs exist to help minimize the negative long-term business impacts that result from the lack of water. The support programs and resources listed here are geared specifically to the California drought, but do contain links and information to national resources good for the whole country.

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Internship Opportunities

Sustainable Farming Internships & Apprenticeships
A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities.

Sustainable Producer Spotlight

An opportunity for sustainable producers from around the country to show off their operations and talk about their philosophy of sustainable agriculture.
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Upcoming Workshops


Conference: Cover Crop Farm Tour
Topic: Terrapin Farm Organic Farm Tour and Workshop
Presenter: Tammy Howard and Jeff Schahczenski
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Date: 2014-08-16
Registration Info: This workshop on cover cropping in diverse vegetable production systems is presented as part of the National Center for Appropriate Technology's cover crop farm tours series.
Registration Link: www.ncat.org/tours/
Posted: 2014-07-11 08:19:04
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Conference: Urban Agriculture Workshop Series at the United States Botanic Garden
Topic: Fruits and Berries from City Lots Workshop
Presenter: Guy Ames
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2014-08-10
Registration Info: Long-time fruit grower Guy K. Ames will discuss the many challenges and opportunities of commercial urban fruit production. Some topics Ames will discuss include land ownership vs. leasing vs. renting; dwarf fruit trees; pest management in high population density areas; the species and cultivars amenable to urban agriculture; high tunnels and other modifications; and how community orchards can help commercial urban fruit growers. Ames will also focus on marketing and how urban fruit growers can achieve a premium price especially when facing high cosmetic standards.
Registration Link: www.usbg.gov/events/2014/05/13/fruits-and-berries-city-lots-workshop
Posted: 2014-06-19 14:28:06
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Conference: Urban Agriculture Workshop Series at the United States Botanic Garden
Topic: Fruits and Berries from City Lots Workshop
Presenter: Guy Ames
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2014-08-09
Registration Info: Long-time fruit grower Guy K. Ames will discuss the many challenges and opportunities of commercial urban fruit production. Some topics Ames will discuss include land ownership vs. leasing vs. renting; dwarf fruit trees; pest management in high population density areas; the species and cultivars amenable to urban agriculture; high tunnels and other modifications; and how community orchards can help commercial urban fruit growers. Ames will also focus on marketing and how urban fruit growers can achieve a premium price especially when facing high cosmetic standards.
Registration Link: www.usbg.gov/events/2014/05/13/fruits-and-berries-city-lots-workshop-0
Posted: 2014-06-19 14:28:35
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Conference: Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program Monthly Workshop Series
Topic: Chicken Basics Workshop
Presenter: Tammy Howard
Location: Butte, Montana
Date: 2014-08-06
Registration Info: Learn the basics of raising chickens, from breed information to room and board to raising a flock in the city at this free, afternoon workshop.
Registration Link: sift.ncat.org/calendar.php
Posted: 2014-07-03 08:35:01
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Conference: Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
Topic: Soil Health in the Subtropics and Tropics
Presenter: Jim Ewing, Moderator
Location: Kissimmee, Florida
Date: 2014-08-02
Registration Info: Learn more about farming as well as alternative enterprises, through farm tours, a trade show, networking opportunities, live animal exhibits, and hands-on workshops.
Registration Link: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/smallfarms/registration.html
Posted: 2014-06-19 14:13:27
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Conference: U.S. Botanic Garden
Topic: Understanding and Managing Urban Soils for Healthy Food Production
Presenter: Chris Lent
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2014-07-27
Registration Info: This free workshop will first focus on urban soils by identifying both problems and opportunities of managing soils in an urban context. Specific types of possible urban soil contamination will be discussed along with soil sampling and testing options. It will also discuss how to support healthy soil practices in urban production systems, and how good soil management practices affect the soil ecosystem, nutrient availability, and plant health.
Registration Link: www.usbg.gov/events/2014/05/13/understanding-and-managing-urban-soils-healthy-food-production-workshop
Posted: 2014-05-18 19:34:35
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Conference: U.S. Botanic Garden
Topic: Understanding and Managing Urban Soils for Healthy Food Production
Presenter: Chris Lent
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2014-07-26
Registration Info: This free workshop will first focus on urban soils by identifying both problems and opportunities of managing soils in an urban context. Specific types of possible urban soil contamination will be discussed along with soil sampling and testing options. It will also discuss how to support healthy soil practices in urban production systems, and how good soil management practices affect the soil ecosystem, nutrient availability, and plant health.
Registration Link: www.usbg.gov/events/2014/05/13/understanding-and-managing-urban-soils-healthy-food-production-workshop-0
Posted: 2014-05-18 19:34:51
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Conference: Cover Crop Farm Tour
Topic: Griff Bye Farm Tour
Presenter: National Center for Appropriate Technology
Location: Toole County, Montana
Date: 2014-07-16
Registration Info: The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the Montana Organic Association, the NRCS and Montana Farmers Union have been working together on a USDA Risk Management Agency supported project to explore cover cropping and crop insurance issues. This is the third in a series of four tours. Mixed livestock and small-grain grower Griff Bye is developing a unique cover cropping and livestock system.
Registration Link: www.ncat.org/tours/
Posted: 2014-06-13 11:12:42
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Conference: Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program Monthly Workshop Series
Topic: Composting Workshop
Presenter: SIFT Interns
Location: Butte, Montana
Date: 2014-07-16
Registration Info: In this free, afternoon workshop at the National Center for Appropriate Technology, learn the hows and whys of composting, one of the greatest and easiest ways to improve your soil.
Registration Link: sift.ncat.org/calendar.php
Posted: 2014-06-13 10:44:49
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Conference: Texas Pecan Growers Association Annual Conference and Trade Show
Topic: Texas Organic Initiative
Presenter: Robert Maggiani
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Date: 2014-07-14
Registration Info: This presentation will encourage pecan growers to begin growing organically by converting 10% of their acreage to organic production.
Registration Link: www.tpga.org/
Posted: 2014-05-23 15:54:01
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We've got a public forum! The FarmerKnowsBest Forum is intended to strengthen and support research and education, and to encourage the exchange of ideas between those interested in sustainable ag. Sign up and put in your two cents!

About ATTRA

In this video, our expert staff members introduce ATTRA's resources and mission.

Our ATTRA toll-free English language hotline is at
800-346-9140 and the Spanish-language ATTRA hotline
is at 800-411-3222. Call for expert advice.

...or use the Ask An Ag Expert tool to send us a note.
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ATTRA Can Help Farmers Apply for NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program in 2014

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) passed in the 2008 Farm Bill was made available to farmers in the fall of 2009. This program rewards farmers and ranchers for current conservation practices and for putting in place additional new conservation practices and enhancements over a 5 year contract period. Depending on your desire to maintain and make new conservation efforts, this program can provide up to $200,000 in support over five years.
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Have you downloaded or purchased an ATTRA publication? Tell us how we did! Feedback from our readers helps us ensure that our publications are useful, practical, and informative. You can help by completing a brief survey.
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Introducing SIFT

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SIFT (Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program) was created to help every community increase their food security by producing their own healthy food. SIFT, with NCAT, is developing a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at our Butte, Montana, headquarters. This farm will serves as the backdrop for an intensive, hands-on training program that teaches farmers and future farmers, urban food producers, community leaders, and citizens how to commercially produce high-value, nutrient-rich food on small parcels of land.
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Directory of Energy Alternatives


Looking for energy-related equipment, funding, or a local business with the
right expertise? Try the Directory of Energy Alternatives.
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Ecological Pest Management


The NCAT Sustainable Ag Project offers an online pest management tool for farmers. This database highlights reduced-risk materials that can be integrated with ecological pest management strategies.
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