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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 9, 2010
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News & Resources
* Conservation Program Sign-up Extended
* Farm Aid Points to Family Farmers as Critical to Economic Recovery
* New Farm to School Act in House
* New Louisiana Website Helps Fishers Sell Catch Directly to Customers
* University of California Helps Southeast Asian Farmers
   Expand the Market for Locally Grown Strawberries
* 'People's Gardens' Now in Every State


Funding Opportunities
* Illinois Clean Energy Community Grant
* National Forest Community Assistance Grant
* Community Energy Project


Coming Events
* Rotational Grazing and Fencing Workshop
* Managing Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) in
   Organic Production Systems Workshop
* Small Grain Production Workshop



News & Resources

Conservation Program Sign-up Extended
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has published the final regulations governing the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and want to improve their conservation performance. Changes to the program expand access, increase payment limits, and promote greater environmental benefit while maintaining program goals. The current enrollment period for CSP has been extended an additional two weeks, now closing *June 25, 2010,* when applications will be scored, ranked, and funded.

Farm Aid Points to Family Farmers as Critical to Economic Recovery
On the eve of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Summit of Rural America in Hillsboro, Mo., Farm Aid released its report, "Rebuilding America's Economy with Family Farm-Centered Food Systems," making the case for the critical role family farmers can play in U.S. economic recovery efforts.

New Farm to School Act in House
On May 28, Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN), Tom Latham (R-IA), Bobby Scott (D-VA) and 22 original cosponsors introduced the National Farm to School Act of 2010 (H.R. 5456).

New Louisiana Website Helps Fishers Sell Catch Directly to Customers
DELCAMBRE, La. – A new program to link consumers with commercial fishers is under way at the Port of Delcambre. Buyers can find out on the website, portofdelcambre.com, when a boat is headed to the dock with seafood.

University of California Helps Southeast Asian Farmers Expand the Market for Locally Grown Strawberries
The University of California has established partnerships with five Sacramento-area school districts and fruit distributors to bring strawberries produced locally by Southeast Asian farmers into school cafeterias and restaurants.

'People's Gardens' Now in Every State
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that 'People's Gardens' now exist in all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and three foreign countries. To date, there are over 400 'People's Gardens' across the country. This is a significant milestone in 'The People's Garden' initiative since Secretary Vilsack broke ground one year ago at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC. The locations of these numerous 'People's Gardens' can be viewed online via a public map. Each 'People's Garden' can vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose - to help the community they are within and the environment.

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Funding Opportunities

Illinois Clean Energy Community Grant
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation invests in clean energy development and land preservation efforts, working with communities and citizens to improve environmental quality in Illinois. The Foundation supports programs and projects that will improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy resources and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats throughout the state.
Proposals are due July 20, 2010.

National Forest Community Assistance Grant
The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is designed to promote the creation of locally based organizations or groups seeking to resolve natural resource issues through a collaborative process. The program provides support in the form of start-up funds for newly forming (or significantly re-organizing) groups or nonprofit organizations that intend to proactively and inclusively engage local stakeholders in the community in forest management and conservation issues on and around National Forests and Grasslands. CAP awards provide collaborative groups with start-up grants of $5,000 to $15,000, as well as basic tools and guidance, to enable them to resolve differences and play a more active role in the sustainable management of nearby National Forests, Grasslands and surrounding communities.
Proposals are due July 9, 2010.

Community Energy Project
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the fourth round of a grant competition this week to assist Appalachian communities in leveraging renewable-energy and energy-efficiency resources to revitalize their economies. ARC will fund two complementary activities as part of this grant competition: the development of community energy plans; and the implementation of a demonstration energy-efficiency or renewable-energy project in target communities.
Proposals are due August 31, 2010.

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Coming Events

Rotational Grazing and Fencing Workshop
June 15, 2010
Jacksonville, Illinois
Jim and Mary Burrus, Indian Creek Farms, will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the production of certified organic beef and poultry. Jim and Mary will discuss how they started a management intensive grazing system and why they made the decision to be certified organic.


Managing Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) in Organic Production Systems Workshop
June 16, 2010
Watsonville, California

This meeting is being held for CCOF members and the local farming community to become more informed about the light brown apple moth; management in organic systems as well as regulation of this pest. It will also include a Q&A. Spanish translation will be provided.


Small Grain Production Workshop
June 17, 2010
Halifax, Pennsylvania
Quality issues in small grain production are paramount... and quality is influenced by a myriad of things, some of which we can control, others which are up to Mother Nature. Join us at Small Valley Milling, where Joel Steigman and Greg Roth will discuss a range of subjects of interest to folks who are producing small grains, particularly on a large scale.


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