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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - April 6, 2011

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

News & Resources

  • NMPAN Offers Updated Guide to State Poultry Processing Regulations
  • Lawsuit Filed Challenging Genetically Modified Seed Patents
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee Announces New Appointments
  • National Organic Standards Board to Meet April 26-29
  • Arkansas Rice Producers Awarded $136.8 Million in Genetically Modified Rice Lawsuit
  • Cover Crop Decision Tool Available Online

Funding Opportunities

  • Organic Farming Research Foundation Education and Outreach Grants Program
  • Biorefinery Assistance Program
  • Kansas Specialty Crop Grants

Coming Events

  • CNU 19: Growing Local
  • Mother Earth News Fair
  • NCSU's 11th Annual Vermiculture Conference

News & Resources

NMPAN Offers Updated Guide to State Poultry Processing Regulations
The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network has introduced a Guide to State Poultry Processing Regulations that provides a summary of state laws and regulations related to poultry processing, links to useful state-specific resources, and contact information for the relevant agencies.
Related ATTRA Publication: Small Poultry Processing Plants and Services

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Genetically Modified Seed Patents
On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation filed suit March 29 against Monsanto Company to challenge patents on genetically modified seed.

National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee Announces New Appointments
This week Leonardo Academy announced the appointment of six new members to the National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee, in the Producer and General Interest categories. In addition to applying for Standards Committee membership, stakeholders are also invited to participate in the Sustainable Agriculture Standard development process as a subcommittee member, observer or reviewer of the draft standard once it is opened up for public comment.

National Organic Standards Board to Meet April 26-29
On April 26-29, 2011, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will convene in Seattle to receive input from the organic community and finalize its recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture.

Arkansas Rice Producers Awarded $136.8 Million in Genetically Modified Rice Lawsuit
An Arkansas jury recently awarded Riceland Foods Inc. $136.8 million in its lawsuit against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice, stemming from August 2006, when Bayer's experimental Liberty Link rice was found in the U.S. supply of long-grain rice.

Cover Crop Decision Tool Available Online
The Midwest Cover Crop Council has released the Cover Crop Decision Tool, a web-based system to assist farmers in selecting cover crops to include in row crop rotations. The current version, for Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, identifies appropriate cover crops by attribute at the county level.

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Funding Opportunities

Organic Farming Research Foundation Education and Outreach Grants Program
The Organic Farming Research Foundation is offering up to $15,000 to fund the development of educational opportunities and materials that are: pertinent to organic agricultural production or marketing; and aimed at organic producers and/or those considering making the transition to organic certification.
Proposals must be submitted by May 16, 2011.

Biorefinery Assistance Program
USDA's Biorefinery Assistance Program provides loan guarantees to develop and construct commercial-scale biorefineries or to retrofit existing facilities. Details on how to apply are available in the March 11, 2011 Federal Register, page 13351.
Applications must be received by May 10, 2011.

Kansas Specialty Crop Grants
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is accepting applications for the 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant program to promote the competitiveness of specialty crops.
Applications are due to KDA no later than May 27, 2011.

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Coming Events

CNU 19: Growing Local
June 1-4, 2011
Madison, Wisconsin

This 19th annual event from the Congress for New Urbanism will build on the theme of "Growing Local". The conference will explore linkages that urban communities have with local food production, the food economy and the infrastructure that has developed around this symbiosis.

Mother Earth News Fair
June 4-5, 2011
Seattle, Washington

The Mother Earth News Fairs are family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on: Renewable Energy, Small-scale Agriculture, Gardening, Green Building, Green Transportation and Natural Health.

NCSU's 11th Annual Vermiculture Conference
May 26-27, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

This event for beginners or seasoned earthworm farm operators will showcase the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and tea on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, and the different technologies utilized.

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