Weekly Harvest Newsletter
Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - February 20, 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.
News & Resources
- Feasibility Study for Central Texas Food Hub Completed
- Organic Grower's Guide to Combatting Citrus Greening Published
- Agroforestry Farmer Apprenticeship Program Launched by Savanna Institute
- Soil Health Partnership Invites Proposals for Collaboration
- Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the Food System Updated
- Southern SAWG Accepting Applications for Board of Directors
- Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Texas
- Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grants
- Grow Your Profits Workshop
- Direct and Wholesale Marketing Success
- Wild Farm Alliance Farmer to Farmer Field Day
News & Resources
Feasibility Study for Central Texas Food Hub Completed
The Sustainable Food Center and a project team that includes the National Center for Appropriate Technology have released Feasibility Study for a Central Texas Food Hub. The 63-page report concluded that, in Central Texas, multiple assets need to be built and/or strengthened in order to bring more local, sustainably grown, fresh produce into the marketplace. The report recommends specific immediate and near-term actions to strengthen existing aggregation and distribution of local, sustainably grown produce.
Related ATTRA Resources: Food Hubs
Organic Grower's Guide to Combatting Citrus Greening Published
The Organic Center has published Combatting Citrus Greening in Organic Systems: A Grower's Guide, a 24-page reference available in PDF. Authors distilled information of particular relevance to organic growers, to aid them in their fight against Huanglongbing, Citrus Greening Disease. The publication presents findings from the scientific research community as well as grower experience and opinion related to both successful and unsuccessful practices.
Agroforestry Farmer Apprenticeship Program Launched by Savanna Institute
The Savanna Institute has launched an Agroforestry Farmer Apprenticeship Program in the Upper Midwest that begins in Summer 2019. Each apprentice will spend 10 weeks on a mentor agroforestry farm. Apprentices will learn about perennial crop establishment, management, and harvest; farm planning and decision-making; equipment maintenance; product marketing; farm/tree finance, and more. The program is free; compensation, room, and board depend on the host farm. Apply by March 1, 2019.
Related ATTRA Resources: Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships
Soil Health Partnership Invites Proposals for Collaboration
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is accepting proposals for partnerships and collaboration for 2019. SHP is a farmer-led initiative administered by the National Corn Growers Association that brings together broad and diverse partners to work towards common goals. Applicants are required to complete the Request for Partnership form on the SHP website. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.
Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the Food System Updated
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released the sixth edition of An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System. The publication provides current research and outreach on food-system structural racism for the food-system practitioner, researcher, and educator. The new edition contains 18 videos and 41 new citations. It is available online in PDF. Additionally, the Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup has launched a national Racial Equity ListServ, EQUITYFOOD, that is open to join.
Southern SAWG Accepting Applications for Board of Directors
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) is accepting applications for three to five new positions on its Board of Directors. The term extends from July 2019 to July 2022. SAWG is looking for applicants from states not currently represented, persons of color, farmers, persons with funding-development skills, persons with communication and marketing expertise, youth representatives, and those involved with the work of Southern SAWG. Applications should be submitted by March 7, 2019.
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Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin
The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin competitive grant program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin's agricultural and food industries by working to reduce marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles that impede sales of Wisconsin's food products to local purchasers. A total of $200,000 is available; the maximum award for each project is $50,000, and grant applicants must provide a 50% match. Generally, qualified applicants include individuals, groups, or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments, or agricultural tourism operations.
Applications will be accepted until March 20, 2019.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Texas
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has announced the first funding application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. Applications are accepted year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects.
The first funding application deadline this year is March 15, 2019.
Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grants
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting applications for $550,000 in federal Specialty Crop Block Grants to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia. Industry and producer groups, agricultural associations, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and nonprofits are eligible to submit applications up to $60,000. Priority issues are listed online.
The deadline for submitting applications is March 18, 2019.
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Grow Your Profits Workshop
March 18-19, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri
EarthDance Organic Farm School presents a hands-on workshop on Midwest farming enterprises, led by successful female farmers. Learn how to grow your profits and make your vegetable farm a success with limited time and a modest budget.
Direct and Wholesale Marketing Success
March 21, 2019
Farm Table Foundation, in partnership with FamilyFarmed and USDA, presents this free workshop. Participants will learn to find the right market outlet; discuss trends in the food market, and work on designing a mix of markets and crops that works.
Wild Farm Alliance Farmer to Farmer Field Day
March 19, 2019
This field day is part of a series showcasing innovative farmers and practices that support beneficial bird habitat. Each field day will host several speakers. This event takes place at Chamberlain Farms.
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