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Water Management

Well-managed soils infiltrate and store water (and nutrients) more effectively and help protect water quality above and below ground. Without sufficient organic matter, soil function, including water infiltration and storage, can be severely impaired. Our soils aren’t ready for the stresses, extreme rainfall events, and the droughts that climate change will bring. This webinar will help you understand how to protect against these stressors....

This webinar covers how TSPs, NRCS personnel, and Conservation Planners of all types can promote sound environmental practices that enhance biodiversity conservation and improve the production capabilities of organic farm, ranch, wild crop harvest, and handling operations. National Organic Program (NOP) regulations require the conservation of soil, water, wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife resources. Recently, the NOP modified its auditing of organic certification agencies, which is resulting in more scrutiny being paid to conservation by organic operations. This webinar discusses how conservation professionals can instruct existing and transitioning organic operators to maintain and improve the natural resources on their working lands through the...

This webinar is presented by Harriet Behar, organic specialist with Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES, organic inspector, and approved Technical Service Provider (TSP) with the NRCS. She takes participants on a virtual tour of a farm, identifying conservation concerns and possible mitigation strategies to address those concerns as well as areas that affect organic certification. In addition, she covers the manner in which these issues will be incorporated into the written NRCS Conservation Activity Plan 138 for the transition to organic. The webinar will be the third in a four-part series providing aid to those who might want to become...

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) with 10 partners are offering a webinar series on how to become a Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and assist transitioning and certified organic producers. The webinars are part of an NRCS National Conservation Innovation Project. "Doing NRCS Conservation Activity Planning for Organic Farmers and Ranchers" is presented by Katy Green, who is perhaps the most experienced TSP working with NRCS and organic producers in the United States. Katy will share her efforts at developing conservation activity plans in compliance with NRCS standards (known in NRCS lingo as...

In "Becoming a Technical Service Provider for NRCS: An Introduction," Harriet Behar with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) begins a four-part webinar series with an introduction that will help you navigate the process to become a Technical Service Provider (TSP) to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals or businesses with technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of conservation activities. TSPs are hired by farmers, ranchers, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public agencies to provide these services on behalf of the NRCS. The webinar also discusses the Conservation Activity...

Florida Organic Growers (FOG)lead NRCS staff on short virtual tours of three certified organic operations in Florida and Puerto Rico. Each organic grower touches on the philosophical and practical aspects of growing organic crops in semi tropical and tropical regions -- including their main production challenges and successes. They also discuss the ways they manage their soils, water, crops, wildlife, and other resources. The growers point out the ways they conserve natural resources in their farms while also identifying areas in they need support to increase their resource conservation. The webinar is being presented by NCAT with funding through the...

In this episode, NCAT sustainable agriculture specialist Kevin Ellis sits in the cab of a farm truck with Mike Marchand of Whitehurst Heritage Farms to talk about farming livestock in Texas and having to prepare for and deal with the damage caused by hurricane Harvey in the fall of 2017. Related ATTRA Resources: Disaster Assistance for Ag Producers Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to...

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

In this episode, 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, at Farm-Based Food Safety....

Organic farmer Saul Padilla shows how using straw mulch helped retain soil moisture for his squash plants during peak Texas temperatures. Learn more about the SOAR Partnership: https://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/cose_home/biology_home/biology_research/agroecology_home/soar Like the SOAR Partnership on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-SOAR-Partnership-1508010529434539/ Visit Yahweh's All Natural Farm & Garden: http://www.yahwehsallnaturalfarm.com/ Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YahwehsFarm?fref=ts Funding to develop this video was provided by the Organic Transitions Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970....

Urban farmers face many risks in producing safe and affordable food. Some of the risks are common to all types of farming; however, many are unique to the urban setting, including zoning regulations, access to water, and managing contaminated soils. While many cities in the U.S. are working to address some of the needs of urban farmers, profitability remains a challenge. This webinar focuses on the risk management strategies of two urban farms – City Roots Urban Farm in Columbia, S.C., and Newton Community Farm in Newton, M.A. – and how they have overcome several of the barriers facing urban farmers...