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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - May 18, 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.

Our sustainable agriculture information service, ATTRA, was cut from the federal budget as part of deficit reduction efforts. We cannot maintain this project unless we can find a way to raise operating funds. You can help as we explore our options. First, make your tax-deductible donation today. You can access our online donation form at https://attra.ncat.org/donate.html. For more information, visit NCAT's website to read the most current postings about our efforts to keep this service open.

News & Resources

  • Farm Aid 2011 Venue Announced
  • Industrial Hemp Farming Act Introduced in Congress
  • Hoop House How-to Slide Shows Online
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants Total $2.7 Million Over 20 Years
  • Revised Small Farm Handbook Released
  • Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels Launches Certification System

Funding Opportunities

  • Western SARE Research and Education Program
  • Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program Methyl Bromide Transitions
  • Massachusetts Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program

Coming Events

  • National Value-Added Agriculture Conference
  • Regards to Rural 2011
  • Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

News & Resources

Farm Aid 2011 Venue Announced
Farm Aid will bring its annual benefit concert to Kansas City August 13, featuring Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as other artists. The concert benefits Farm Aid's mission to keep family farmers on the land to guarantee an agricultural system that ensures farmers a fair living, strengthens our communities, protects our natural resources and delivers good food for all.

Industrial Hemp Farming Act Introduced in Congress
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and a bipartisan group of 22 co-sponsors have introduced H.R. 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. If passed, the bill will remove restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis.

Hoop House How-to Slide Shows Online
Anyone who wants to build his own hoop house can learn how by watching instructional slide shows available free on the Kerr Center's website. The shows take would-be builders through the construction process step-by-step. An up-to-date materials/cost list and links to websites with more information are also available free online.

Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants Total $2.7 Million Over 20 Years
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is proud to announce that it has awarded 314 grants totaling close to $2.7 million as it begins its 21st year. OFRF remains the only source of small grants to fund organic research on a nationwide basis open to all applicants. Upcoming funding application deadlines are May 16 and November 15, 2011.

Revised Small Farm Handbook Released
A new edition of the Small Farm Handbook has been published by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This 188-page book has 11 chapters covering both the business side and the farming side of operating a small-scale farm. The Small Farm Handbook, publication number 3526, costs $25 and can be ordered online from the UC ANR Catalog.

Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels Launches Certification System
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels has developed a third-party certification system for biofuels sustainability standards, encompassing environmental, social and economic principles and criteria through an open, transparent, and multi-stakeholder process. The RSB Tool (Beta Version) that is now available online will take prospective applicants through essential steps of the certification process.

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Funding Opportunities

Western SARE Research and Education Program
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program announces its request for Research and Education pre-proposals. The project's primary focus should be to conduct both research and extension/educational outreach with producers, to produce scholarly and educational materials, and to conduct outreach and assist with producer adoption.
Pre-proposals are due June 10, 2011.

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program Methyl Bromide Transitions
NIFA announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications from colleges and universities for the Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program: Methyl Bromide Transitions for fiscal year (FY) 2011 to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives to methyl bromide uses or that minimize methyl bromide emissions for which the United States is requesting critical use exemptions .
Application deadline is June 22, 2011.

Massachusetts Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has recently announced an open enrollment period for the Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program that seeks to assist new and beginning farm businesses with start up or expansion costs. Matching grant funding up to $10,000 is offered.
The deadline for applications is June 23, 2011.

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Coming Events

National Value-Added Agriculture Conference
June 26-28, 2011
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The conference is open to anyone with an interest in value-added agriculture and will focus on the economic impact of value-added agriculture, including sessions related to direct marketing, value-added processing and supply and distribution channels.

Regards to Rural 2011
June 24-25, 2011
Corvallis, Oregon

Join with service providers, business and civic leaders, educators, researchers, volunteers, policy makers, funders, and community leaders from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond to explore practical skills and best practices that are working to ensure your community not only maintains vitality through economic challenges, but uses its strengths to emerge ahead.

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference
July 6-8, 2011
Joplin, Missouri

The conference is open to all dairy producers and industry professionals interested in learning more about dairy grazing. Presentations, farm tours and a trade show are planned.

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