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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 8, 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.

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News & Resources

  • USDA Accepting Comments on 12 Materials Used, Prohibited in Organic Agriculture
  • Groups Sue FDA Over Use of Antibiotics in Animal Feed
  • SARE Introduces Redesigned Websites with Sustainable Agriculture Grants and Information
  • Plate to Politics Launched
  • USDA Releases Agroforestry Plan
  • South Carolina Campaign Promotes Locally Grown Produce

Funding Opportunities

  • Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for Farmers in Lake Michigan Watersheds
  • Social Justice Fund Northwest Environmental Justice Giving Project

Coming Events

  • Rodale Annual Field Day
  • North Carolina Egg Grading School for Small Producers
  • Solar Microdrip Irrigation Workshop

News & Resources

USDA Accepting Comments on 12 Materials Used, Prohibited in Organic Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the scheduled expiration of 12 substances allowed or prohibited for use in organic agriculture. The National Organic Program (NOP) is initiating a review of the exemptions and prohibitions granted on the National List and is inviting comments from the public on these provisions. Comments must be submitted on or before August 1, 2011.

Groups Sue FDA Over Use of Antibiotics in Animal Feed
A suit filed by a coalition of concerned health and consumer organizations alleges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to meet its legal responsibility to address the mounting health threat posed by overuse of antibiotics in animal feed. The coalition suit would compel FDA to take action on the agency's own safety findings, withdrawing approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed.

SARE Introduces Redesigned Websites with Sustainable Agriculture Grants and Information
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) has introduced newly redesigned national and regional websites. A state-of-the-art search function makes it easier than ever to find grant information and dig deep into SARE's library of educational materials, database of research projects and calendar of sustainable ag events in communities across the country.

Plate to Politics Launched
Plate to Politics is a nationwide effort to support and strengthen the national leadership role of women transforming our nation's food system, from the federal agriculture policy agenda to what's on our family's supper plate. Plate to Politics is a new collaborative project of The White House Project, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Rural Women's Project, and Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

USDA Releases Agroforestry Plan
USDA has unveiled a plan that will help farmers, ranchers and woodland owners enhance productivity, profitability and environmental stewardship by using the practice of agroforestry. The Agroforestry Strategic Framework is built around three simple goals: adoption – increase the use of agroforestry by landowners and communities; science – advance the understanding of and tools for applying agroforestry; and integration – incorporate agroforestry into an all-lands approach to conservation and economic development.

South Carolina Campaign Promotes Locally Grown Produce
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers have announced a new promotional campaign for Certified South Carolina. In this six-week campaign, consumers are encouraged to enter a free drawing for the chance to win the grand prize, having a Certified SC meal prepared in person by renowned celebrity chefs, the Lee Bros.

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Funding Opportunities

Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds in fiscal year 2011 to be awarded through the Famers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). AMS will competitively award grants to projects that develop producer-to-consumer market outlets, including but not limited to farmers markets, community supported agriculture, and road-side stands.
Complete applications must be received by July 1, 2011.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for Farmers in Lake Michigan Watersheds
Farmers in the Lower Fox River, Manitowoc/Sheboygan, and the Milwaukee River watersheds may be eligible for a special conservation initiative to help clean up the Great Lakes. Over $1.4 million is available to help farmers with the cost of needed conservation practices, with particular emphasis on livestock concerns.
The sign-up period for funding ends June 17, 2011.

Social Justice Fund Northwest Environmental Justice Giving Project
Environmental Justice Giving Project Grants are one-year grants of up to $10,000 each to support social change in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, specifically working for environmental justice on issues such as access to healthy and sustainable food and transportation; air, water, soil, light, and noise pollution; distribution of natural resources and the benefits of a “green” economy; preservation and restoration of wildlife and wildlands; and climate change.
Applications must be received by June 24, 2011.

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Coming Events

Rodale Annual Field Day
July 22, 2011
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

This one-day event for farmers and agricultural professionals presents information and research results from Rodale Institute and partner nonprofit organizations, land grant universities and governmental institutions.

North Carolina Egg Grading School for Small Producers
July 27, 2011
Monroe, North Carolina

The class is directed at new and established small producers of natural/organic eggs, extension agents, and purchasers of locally grown products. It addresses proper methods of grading and evaluating the internal and external quality of shell eggs.

Solar Microdrip Irrigation Workshop
July 23-24, 2011
Washington County, Maine

This workshop will spend Saturday assembling a solar powered well pump system and Sunday on proper irrigation theory and practices.

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New & Updated Publications
Documentation Forms for Organic Crop and Livestock Producers

Organic System Plan Template for Crop and/or Livestock Production

Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule

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