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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - March 6, 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

  • Updated Grazing Charts Available Online
  • USDA Solicits Public Comment on Industrial Hemp Program Via Webinar
  • Peer Reviewers Sought for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
  • Limonene in Marigolds Protects Tomato Plants from Whiteflies
  • Regional Navigators to Help New Farmers Find Land in New York
  • Missouri Explores Potential for Adding Value to Agriculture

Funding Opportunities

  • Hawaii Food Safety Certification Cost Reimbursement Grants
  • California Alternative Manure Management Program
  • Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4)

Coming Events

  • The Grassfed Exchange
  • New England Farm to Institution Summit
  • Illinois Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

News & Resources

Updated Grazing Charts Available Online
Grazing advisor Troy Bishopp has updated his popular grazing charts for the 2019-2020 grazing year. The files serve as templates that can be adapted as needed for record keeping, planning, and pasture and grazing management. The available resources include 10-month (April through January) and 12-month (April through March) grazing charts in versions designed for 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 paddocks.
Related ATTRA Publication
: ATTRA Grazing Planning Manual and Workbook

USDA Solicits Public Comment on Industrial Hemp Program Via Webinar
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Specialty Crop Program is conducting a webinar on March 13, 2019, to solicit public comments on the multiple sections of the 2018 Farm Bill relating to industrial hemp. Up to 1,000 people at a time may view the webinar; however, time constraints will allow only 60 speakers during the webinar and it will not include a Question and Answer session. Registration is available online but limited to 1,000. For additional information on commercial production of hemp, visit USDA's Marketing Program for the Commercial Production of Hemp webpage.

Peer Reviewers Sought for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is inviting self-nominations for peer reviewers of the 2019 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) applications. Peer reviewers are typically farmers or ranchers, or from community-based and nonprofit organizations, universities, or government. If you are interested in being considered, send the following information to wdean@nifa.usda.gov: 1) your name, organization name and type (e.g. farm/ranch, NGO/CBO, university), and contact information; 2) a brief description of your interest and experience related to BFRDP, including any experience with military veteran BFRs and/or socially disadvantaged BFRs.

Limonene in Marigolds Protects Tomato Plants from Whiteflies
Researchers at Newcastle University have published a study showing that limonene in marigolds repels tomato whiteflies. The research team says it could be possible to develop a pure limonene product to hang in greenhouses to deter whiteflies. Alternatively, planting marigolds near tomatoes not only repels whiteflies, but also provides nectar for bees. The team is conducting further studies on developing a three-companion-plant mixture to repel three major insect pests of tomato: whiteflies, spider mites, and thrips.
Related ATTRA Publication: Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & Resources

Regional Navigators to Help New Farmers Find Land in New York
American Farmland Trust and the State of New York announced that 20 organizations across the state will receive $170,000 to support their work in helping new farmers find land and assisting landowners and retiring farmers who wish to keep their land in farming. The 20 organizations will serve as Regional Navigators for Farmland for a New Generation New York, offering support including one-on-one assistance, workshops, and other opportunities tailored to address local needs.
Related ATTRA Publication: Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland

Missouri Explores Potential for Adding Value to Agriculture
The Missouri Agricultural Foundation released a feasibility study that explores the potential for growing the Missouri economy if the state invests in its food and forest product manufacturing enterprises. The Show-Me State Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative identifies three opportunities that hold great potential for the state: regional food systems, advanced nutritional sciences, and value-added processing for commodities.
Related ATTRA Resources: Value-Added Food Products

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Funding Opportunities

Hawaii Food Safety Certification Cost Reimbursement Grants
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants to help Hawaii farmers and ranchers with the cost of bringing their operations into compliance with state and federal food safety regulations. A total of $475,000 is available to help local food producers comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and state requirements. Hawaii farmers and ranchers may apply for reimbursement of costs up to $5,000. Funding will be distributed on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of applicants and reimbursement costs submitted.
The application deadline is April 15, 2019.

California Alternative Manure Management Program
California's Alternative Manure Management Program provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters on commercial dairy operations in California. It includes an Incentives Program that awards competitive grants to California dairy and livestock operations for specific management practices that result in long-term methane emission reductions and maximize environmental benefits. It also includes a Demonstration Projects component that funds projects demonstrating innovation in the implementation of diverse manure management practices that reduce methane emissions and maximize environmental co-benefits on California dairy and livestock operations.
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pplications are due by April 3, 2019.

Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4)
The IR-4 program administered by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides assistance to ensure that new and more effective crop-protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty-crop producers. Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, research foundations, and schools of veterinary medicine. NIFA anticipates funding five projects: one to establish a national headquarters and four to establish geographically-based regional IR-4 centers. Approximately $11 million is available.
Applications are due by April 3, 2019.

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Coming Events

The Grassfed Exchange
April 3-5, 2019
Santa Rosa, California
The Grassfed Exchange 2019 conference, "Regeneration Rising," includes farm tours, speakers, a trade show, and educational sessions to help producers and consumers grow in knowledge of the grassfed industry.

New England Farm to Institution Summit
April 2-4, 2019
Amherst, Massachusetts
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates, as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food.

Illinois Farmers Market Association Annual Conference
April 4, 2019
Monticello, Illinois
This conference features speakers, three educational tracks (Market Managers, Market Vendors, and Market Presentations), targeted break-out sessions at all experience levels, networking opportunities, and a winter market and vendor fair.

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