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Voices from the Field

Keys to Cover Crops

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

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

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

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

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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Arkansas Marketing Panel

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

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

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

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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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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