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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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A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities.

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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: Public Health and the Built Environment Conference
Topic: Feeding Ourselves
Presenter: Robert Maggiani
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2014-05-07
Registration Info: National and local speakers discuss how to collectively create healthier environments to live, work & play in San Antonio. Robert Maggiani's talk explores the most important considerations the city needs to make to maximize potential for healthy food, while overviewing several current successes.
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Posted: 2014-04-21 20:18:40
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Conference: Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?
Presenter: Andy Pressman
Location: Online
Date: 2014-04-29
Registration Info: This webinar provides an analysis of the differences between nonprofit and commercial urban farms, and is based on research conducted by researchers at NYU, Penn State, and NCAT-ATTRA.
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Posted: 2014-04-10 16:02:00
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Conference: Soil Building for Climate Resilience
Presenter: Rex Dufour
Location: Online
Date: 2014-04-28
Registration Info: This is the third in a three-part webinar series geared to agricultural conservation professionals such as RCD, Extension and NRCS staff. This webinar is rescheduled from the originally advertised date of April 4.
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Posted: 2014-04-15 20:46:29
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Conference: Entering the Institutional Food Market
Presenter: National Center for Appropriate Technology
Location: Butte, Montana
Date: 2014-04-25
Registration Info: This workshop will provide information and technical assistance for Montana food producers-- farmers, ranchers, and food processors-- interested in accessing the institutional market.
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Posted: 2014-03-13 14:47:43
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In this video, our expert staff members introduce ATTRA's resources and mission.

Our ATTRA toll-free English language hotline is at
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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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Introducing SIFT


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.