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    ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program

    ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
    Our services are available to farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, Extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations, and others involved in agriculture, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or belong to traditionally underserved communities.

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  • Like many, during these challenging times, I’ve turned to home gardening! I’ve used gardening as an opportunity to reconnect with nature and clear my head, all while staying close to home during the quarantine.
    By Jamie Fanous, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

  • All across the South and as far north as USDA Climate Zone 5, fall planting of fruit trees can help get fruit trees off to a big head-start compared to fruit trees planted in spring. Why? The answer is a small thing and as thin as the thinning hairs on my old head.
    By Guy Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist

  • For the past growing season, my staff and I have been involved with designing and managing a cover crop mix in pecan orchards in Northern California to attract beneficials, which provide some control of two species of pecan aphids.
    Rex Dufour, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

  • In my work on NCAT’s Soil for Water Project, I’ve tried a lot of different ways of monitoring land and soil health. For years, I’ve been hearing about LandPKS (Land Potential Knowledge System), a mobile app that has been under development by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) since 2013. I was excited to hear that a full version was released earlier this year, and a couple weeks ago I finally got around to installing the app on my phone and running it through some tests.
    By Mike Morris, Director of NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office

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ATTRA’s daily recap of sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet.

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ATTRA’s interactive calendar of events will keep you updated on the the goings on in Sustainable Agriculture. We also provide the opportunity for organizations to publicize their upcoming event, festival and projects through our online events calendar.

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Internship Opportunities

A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada) has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other.

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Funding Opportunities

A clearinghouse of available grant and funding opportunities within the realm of Sustainable Agriculture.

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  • In this episode, Margo Hale and Linda Coffey, lifelong livestock producers and long-time NCAT livestock specialists, talk about getting started in livestock. What is the appeal, and what are the important considerations?

  • Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration Scientists at Cornell University have unveiled a tool that will help researchers and policymakers map soil’s potential for carbon sequ

  • Related ATTRA Publication: Herbs: Organic Greenhouse Production The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a new initiative involving the Robert C. Byrd Institute, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in M

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