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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - April 13, 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

  • Hispanic and Women Farmers Discrimination Claim Packages Available
  • Food Day Campaign Launched
  • USDA Seeks Nominations for National Organic Advisory Board
  • House Organic Caucus Reactivated
  • Produce Safety Alliance Launches Website; Recruits Members for Working Committees
  • Bee Research Demonstrates Pesticide Residue Effects

Funding Opportunities

  • North Central Region SARE Professional Development Program
  • Connecticut Farm Reinvestment Grant Program
  • Indiana 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant

Coming Events

  • Agroforestry: A Profitable Land Use
  • Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky
  • Sheep and Goat School

News & Resources

Hispanic and Women Farmers Discrimination Claim Packages Available
The United States Government is establishing a claims process to make available $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000. Farmers and ranchers can find information about the claims process at www.farmerclaims.gov or by calling 1-888-508-4429.

Food Day Campaign Launched
Health, hunger, and sustainable agriculture groups have announced plans for Food Day on October 24, 2011a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Food Day, modeled on Earth Day, will encourage people around the country to sponsor or participate in activities that encourage Americans to "eat real" and support healthy, affordable food grown in a sustainable, humane way.

USDA Seeks Nominations for National Organic Advisory Board
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to fill five imminent vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board, for an organic producer, organic handler, consumer/public interest representative, scientist, and environmentalist. Nominations must be postmarked by July 17, 2011.

House Organic Caucus Reactivated
Freshman representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) joined long-time caucus co-chairs, representatives Sam Farr (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Ron Kind (D-WI) to re-form the U.S. House of Representatives Organic Caucus. The caucus will provide pertinent information to members and their staffs about organic farming and the organic industry.

Produce Safety Alliance Launches Website; Recruits Members for Working Committees
The Produce Safety Alliance has launched its website and issued a call for farmers, researchers, state officials, produce industry experts and others interested in produce safety to join an Alliance working committee to assist in the development of a national Good Agricultural Practices education curriculum.

Bee Research Demonstrates Pesticide Residue Effects
Research by graduate student Judy Wu demonstrates the sub-lethal effects of pesticide residue exposure on honey bees. Wu found that low levels of miticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides build up in honey bee brood comb wax and cause serious consequences for developing worker bees and the adult worker bee lifespan.
Related ATTRA Publication: Beekeeping/Apiculture

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Funding Opportunities

North Central Region SARE Professional Development Program
The Professional Development Program funds projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals in the Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or other governmental agencies, and educators serving the food and fiber system.
The deadline for preproposals is May 18, 2011.

Connecticut Farm Reinvestment Grant Program
Competitive matching grants must be used for projects that are defined as capital fixed assets and have a life expectancy of 10 years or more. The funds may be used for the expansion of existing agricultural facilities, or diversification.
Application deadline is April 30, 2011.

Indiana 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is looking for project proposals from the specialty crop industry in the state to present for funding from USDA. Applications may request up to $50,000.
Applications are due to ISDA by June 17, 2011.

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Coming Events

Agroforestry: A Profitable Land Use
June 4-9, 2011
Athens, Georgia

The 12th North American Agroforestry Conference stimulates development and adoption of sustainable rural land management practices centered on integration of trees with crop and/or livestock production. The conference will provide a forum for sharing experiences practicing or working with agroforestry.

Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky
June 9-12, 2011
Missoula, Montana

The Joint 2011 Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Association for the Study of Food and Society, and Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition highlight people, partnerships and policies. The agenda includes speakers, tours, poster sessions, exhibits, and more.

Sheep and Goat School
June 4, 2011
Rutland, Massachusetts

This hands-on field school, hosted by Heifer International, will teach practical skills for raising sheep and goats, including breed uses, health, feeding, and markets.

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