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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 1, 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 /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

  • USDA Calls for Peer Reviewers for Farmers Market Promotion Program
  • Australian Study Finds Cattle Feed Choice Lowers Methane Emissions
  • Delaware Governor Proposes Young Farmer Initiative
  • Online Air Quality Tool Can Help Livestock Producers Lower Emissions
  • Biotech Sugar Beets Case Appeal Dismissed
  • Cornucopia Institute Adds Respected Names to Leadership

Funding Opportunities

  • Organic Transitions
  • Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Program
  • Farm Foundation, NFP Small Grants Program

Coming Events

  • Northern Nutgrowers Association Annual Meeting
  • Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference

News & Resources

USDA Calls for Peer Reviewers for Farmers Market Promotion Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture invites individuals to share their expertise in reviewing project proposals for the fiscal year 2011 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant cycle. To apply, email Ricardo Krajewski at Ricardo.Krajewski@ams.usda.gov or call the FMPP office at 202-720-8317.

Australian Study Finds Cattle Feed Choice Lowers Methane Emissions
New research from Australia's national science agency indicates that Brahman cattle fed a wide range of tropical grasses emit up to 30 per cent less methane than previously determined. CSIRO research also shows that northern cattle fed on a diet of predominantly Leucaena, a legume tree, emit less methane than cattle grazing on tropical grasses .

Delaware Governor Proposes Young Farmer Initiative
Delaware Governor Jack Markell proposes $3 million in funding for low- and no-interest loans and incentives for farmers age 18-40 to acquire land that would automatically be enrolled in agricultural land preservation programs.

Online Air Quality Tool Can Help Livestock Producers Lower Emissions
Livestock producers now have access to the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT), a method for determining where air-quality improvement opportunities exist on farms. NAQSAT allows users to run different scenarios to compare proposed changes in management and/or emission mitigation practices.

Biotech Sugar Beets Case Appeal Dismissed
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order concluding a long-standing lawsuit over the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) "Roundup Ready" sugar beets. Previous court rulings will remain, including the order requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare a rigorous review of the impacts of GE sugar beets.

Cornucopia Institute Adds Respected Names to Leadership
The Cornucopia Institute recently announced the appointment of several nationally prominent leaders to its Board of Directors and Policy Advisory Panel. New members of Cornucopia's Board of Directors include Kevin Engelbert, Dave Minar, and Amanda Love. New members of Cornucopia's Policy Advisory Panel include Francis Thicke, Michael James, and Judith McGeary.

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Funding Opportunities

Organic Transitions
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces the availability of $3.75 million in grant funds and requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program Organic Transitions Program (ORG) for fiscal year 2011 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities in program areas. Colleges and universities are eligible to submit applications.
Application deadline is June 30, 2011.

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Program
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces the availability of grant funds and requests applications for the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year 2011 to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and maintain a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. .
Application deadline is June 27, 2011.

Farm Foundation, NFP Small Grants Program
Farm Foundation, NFP seeks proposals for grants of up to $5,000 that stimulate new ideas and build networks of resources. Any projects funded must be non-advocacy in nature, and provide balanced, objective information. For FY2012, a total of $25,000 in grants will be awarded.
Applications are due July 1, 2011.

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Coming Events

Northern Nutgrowers Association Annual Meeting
July 17-22, 2011
Logan, Utah

The 102nd Annual Meeting will offer presentations, meetings, demonstrations and tours on many species of nut trees, including pecans, Persian and black walnuts, pines, hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds and apricots.

Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference
July 15-16, 2011
Kissimmee, Florida

The agenda for this annual conference includes pre-conference workshops, farm tours, exhibits, and concurrent sessions on protected agriculture, business and marketing, livestock, horticulture, organic and sustainable farming, and policy and regulations.

Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference
July 17-20, 2011
Washington, DC

The focus for this year's meeting is exploring ways to improve the linkages among conservation science, policy and application at local, national, and international scales.

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