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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - February 26, 2020

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

  • CSP Renewal Window Is March 13-20
  • Greenhouse Manual Helps Educators Maximize Potential
  • California Certified Organic Farmers Releases Roadmap to Organic California
  • USDA Pilot Offers Incentives for Cover Crops in Prairie Pothole Region
  • New Publication Helps Plant Breeders Keep Genetic Resources in Public Domain
  • Podcast Series Available on Transitioning to Organic Production

Funding Opportunities

  • Young Farmer Grants
  • AFRI Pollinator Health: Research and Application
  • Farmraiser Grant Program

Coming Events

  • AgrAbility National Training Workshop
  • Grain Growers Conference
  • California Farm to School and School Garden Conference

News & Resources

CSP Renewal Window Is March 13-20
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that farmers and ranchers who initially enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, and 2016 can renew their contracts from March 13 to March 20, 2020. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition points out that renewing a CSP contract is easier than reapplying.
Related ATTRA Publication: Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching

Greenhouse Manual Helps Educators Maximize Potential
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), and City Blossoms have published Greenhouse Manual: An Introductory Guide for Educators. The manual is an easy-to-use guide designed to help educators who have access to greenhouses with planting gardens, growing for farm to school programs, or integrating plant science into an existing curriculum.

California Certified Organic Farmers Releases Roadmap to Organic California
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) released Roadmap to an Organic California: Policy Report, a plan to use organic farming to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The report guides policymakers through the next steps to use organic to sequester more carbon, stimulate local economies, and protect the health of all Californians. Beyond the climate benefits, the report also outlines the economic and health value of organic farming.

USDA Pilot Offers Incentives for Cover Crops in Prairie Pothole Region
USDA Farm Service Agency announced a pilot program that provdes farmers in the Prairie Pothole region with payments for planting cover crops on their land for three to five years. The new Conservation Reserve Program Soil Health and Income Protection Program pilot is available to producers in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Signup for this pilot starts March 30, 2020, and ends August 21, 2020.
Related ATTRA Video: Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Stewardship with Cover Crops

New Publication Helps Plant Breeders Keep Genetic Resources in Public Domain
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA and Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems are offering a new resource, A Breed Apart: The Plant Breeder's Guide to Preventing Patents through Defensive Publication. The guide outlines practices for plant breeders to keep genetic resources in the public domain. It explains how a printed publication that establishes a plant variety as "prior art" renders that variety ineligible for a patent in the future.

Podcast Series Available on Transitioning to Organic Production
Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, features a four-part series on transitioning to organic farming. Part one covers organic certifications, part two discusses organic basics and business operations, part three explores the organic systems mindset, and part four delves into nutrient cycling in organic systems.
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Certification Process

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Funding Opportunities

Young Farmer Grants
The National Young Farmers Coalition is launching a new grant program to help young and beginning farmers and ranchers start up and grow their businesses. In 2020, Young Farmers will provide 50 farmers and ranchers with $5,000 grants and a one-year membership to the National Young Farmers Coalition. This fund can be used for anything that will further applicants' goals as farmers. This fund provides financial assistance for any cost that currently limits farmers' ability to start, run, or grow an operation.
Applications are due March 29, 2020.

AFRI Pollinator Health: Research and Application
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)—Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. One of those program areas is Plant Health and Production and Plant Products, with a priority focus on Pollinator Health: Research and Application. This program supports research, extension, or education projects with the goal of promoting healthy populations of animal pollinators in agricultural systems where reliance of crops on pollinators for pollination services is increasing and where decline of pollinators is evident. Grants up to $500,000 are available.
Applications are due by March 26, 2020.

Farmraiser Grant Program
The Ethical Farming Fund is offering a Farmraiser Grant for independent, for-profit farms that serve Southwestern Pennsylvania or are located within 100 miles of Pittsburgh. The project's main purpose should be to improve the welfare of current and future livestock that are marketed direct to consumers.
Applications are due by March 27, 2020.

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Coming Events

AgrAbility National Training Workshop
March 23-26, 2020
Madison, Wisconsin
The 2020 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking, and special events.

Grain Growers Conference
March 24, 2020
Essex, Vermont
Northern Grain Growers Association and University of Vermont Extension present the 16th annual Grain Growers Conference. Get to know what local opportunities are available for grain growers by meeting buyers in the region.

California Farm to School and School Garden Conference
March 26-28, 2020
San Diego, California
The 2020 California Farm to School Conference will focus on farm to school programs that coordinate student voice, local food procurement, education in classrooms and cafeterias, and experiential learning in school gardens, agriculture and culinary programs, and farms. A free San Diego Farm to School Tour follows on March 28, 2020.

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