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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - January 23, 2019
Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.
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News & Resources
- NCAT Accepting Applications for Incubator Farm Plots in Arkansas
- The Pasture Project Releases Resources for Grazing Cover Crops
- Video Showcases Marketing Collaborative that Brings Farmers to Marketplace
- North American Agroforestry Conference Invites Abstract Submissions
- Grant Funds Study on Using Soil Amendments for Carbon Sequestration
- Orchards Surrounded by Natural Habitat Visited by Greater Diversity of Bees
- Sustain Our Great Lakes Program
- California Environmental Justice Small Grants
- Resilient Communities Program
- California Small Farm Conference
- Business of Farming Conference
- Agriculture & Food Conference
News & Resources
NCAT Accepting Applications for Incubator Farm Plots in Arkansas
The National Center for Appropriate Technology's (NCAT) Woolsey Farm Project is accepting applications for incubator farm plots in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The project is a collaboration between NCAT, Cobblestone Farms, and the City of Fayetteville. The project aims to provide beginning farmers with access to land so they can establish and grow their farm businesses. Each incubator farmer will have access to a quarter-acre plot and shared equipment at Cobblestone Farm. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.
The Pasture Project Releases Resources for Grazing Cover Crops
The Pasture Project and its collaborators have released the results of a three-year study on the economics of grazing cover crops. They found that cover crops can pay for themselves when combined with managed rotational grazing of cattle. The full findings, as well as a 32-page publication titled Grazing Cover Crops How-To Guide, a video series, and other supporting resources, are available online.
Related ATTRA Publication: Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing Income
Video Showcases Marketing Collaborative that Brings Farmers to Marketplace
SARE has released a three-minute video that highlights the success of Good Natured Family Farms, a Midwest marketing cooperative that is helping individual farmers bring products into the marketplace. The marketing cooperative that started as a way for regional producers to bring natural beef to local customers has grown into a network of more than 100 farms that sells a range of products through 30 area supermarkets.
Related ATTRA Resources: Resources for Food Hub Planners and Managers
North American Agroforestry Conference Invites Abstract Submissions
Organizers of the 2019 North American Agroforestry Conference scheduled June 24-27, 2019, in Corvallis, Oregon, are inviting submission of abstracts. They are accepting proposals for oral presentations, poster presentations, organized discussion and roundtable sessions, and five-minute Lightning Talks. A list of conference themes is available online. The submission deadline has been extended until February 1, 2019.
Grant Funds Study on Using Soil Amendments for Carbon Sequestration
A multi-partner consortium led by the University of California, Davis, and the UC Working Lands Innovation Center has received a $4.7 million grant from the state of California's Strategic Growth Council to research scalable methods of using soil amendments to sequester greenhouse gases in soil. Soil treatments to be tested for effective capture of carbon dioxide will include rock, compost, and biochar.
Orchards Surrounded by Natural Habitat Visited by Greater Diversity of Bees
Research led by Cornell University shows that a greater diversity of bee species visits orchards surrounded by natural habitats than those surrounded by agricultural lands. The study examined 10 years of data for 27 apple orchards in New York state. Orchards that were visited by a greater diversity of bees had better fruit production, due to more complete pollination. The study revealed that some species of bees that are effective apple pollinators were consistently absent in orchards surrounded by agricultural land.
Related ATTRA Publication: Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees
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Sustain Our Great Lakes Program
The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is soliciting proposals to benefit fish, wildlife, habitat, and water quality in the Great Lakes basin. The program will award grants in 2019 to improve and enhance: 1) stream and riparian habitat; 2) coastal wetland habitat; and 3) water quality in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. Approximately $8.2 million is expected to be available in 2019. The program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. Individual grant awards will range from $100,000 to $1 million.
Pre-proposals are due February 12, 2019.
California Environmental Justice Small Grants
The California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants Program offers funding up to $50,000 to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally recognized Tribal governments in addressing environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based in communities with the most significant exposure to pollution. Program priorities are listed online and include reducing the potential for exposure to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
Applications are due by March 21, 2019.
Resilient Communities Program
Wells Fargo has partnered with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the Resilient Communities program to support the health and resilience of communities across the United States facing sea level rise, droughts, floods, and fires. This year, $3 million is available for resilience projects. The program helps communities take advantage of natural features such as wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds to be better prepared for foreseeable resilience challenges, fortify fish and wildlife resources and habitat, and accrue quality-of-life benefits for all residents.
Pre-proposals are due February 19, 2019.
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California Small Farm Conference
February 22-23, 2019
The California Small Farm Conference pulls together innovators, family farmers, and experts in environmentally and economically transformative practices. It includes workshops, on-site day-long courses and off-site day-long field courses.
Business of Farming Conference
February 23, 2019
Asheville, North Carolina
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's annual Business of Farming Conference brings together professional farmers from across the Southeast to network and share resources. Farmers learn about marketing, business planning, branding, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers.
Agriculture & Food Conference
February 24, 2019
Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership presents its 12th annual Ag & Food Conference. The agenda includes workshops for the general public and info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels.
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