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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 15, 2011
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News & Resources
- FAO Launches "Save and Grow" Farming Model
- NOP Releases Draft Guidance for Comment
- Pfizer Will Suspend Sale of Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug 3-Nitro
- Crop Mobs Provide Farm Labor Force
- National Aquaculture Policies Released
- USDA Funds Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Northeast SARE Research and Education Grants
- USDA Rural Development Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
- Mirassou Bright Ideas™ Grant Program
- The Kneading Conference
- In Her Boots: Sustainable Farming for Women, By Women
- Carbon Economy Series Workshop: Keyline Design for Whole Farm Fertility
News & Resources
FAO Launches "Save and Grow" Farming Model
FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has announced the launch of a major new initiative intended to produce more food for a growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way.
The Save and Grow model incorporates an ecosystem approach that draws on nature's contribution to crop growth – soil organic matter, water flow regulation, pollination and natural predation of pests. FAO's call for sustainable crop production intensification is contained in a new book, Save and Grow , which can be downloaded online.
NOP Releases Draft Guidance for Comment
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (NOP) has made available draft guidance addressing the following issues: kelp in organic livestock feed, allowed ingredients and sources of vitamins and minerals in organic livestock feed, pesticide residue testing, and seeds and planting stock in organic crop production. NOP is seeking input from the public on the draft guidance by August 12, 2011.
Pfizer Will Suspend Sale of Arsenic-Containing Poultry Drug 3-Nitro
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that Pfizer will voluntarily suspend U.S. sales of 3-Nitro (Roxarsone), an arsenic-containing animal drug used to help control coccidiosis and promote weight gain in poultry. The move follows a recent FDA study of 100 broiler chickens that detected inorganic arsenic at higher levels in the livers of chickens treated with 3-Nitro compared with untreated chickens.
Crop Mobs Provide Farm Labor Force
Crop Mobs, groups of volunteer laborers, are organizing work blitzes to help farmers accomplish tasks. In Vermont, both Green Mountain Crop Mobs and City Market Crop Mobs invite on-farm participation. Meanwhile, a Crop Mob blog details efforts in Georgia.
NOFA Vermont sponsors periodic "Weed Dating" events.
National Aquaculture Policies Released
The Department of Commerce and NOAA recently released national sustainable marine aquaculture policies to meet the growing demand for healthy seafood, to create jobs in coastal communities, and restore vital ecosystems.
Related ATTRA Publication: Aquaculture Enterprises: Considerations and Strategies
USDA Funds Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
USDA has approved $7.4 million to fund nine large-scale greenhouse gas mitigation projects in 24 states through Conservation Innovation Grants.
Funded projects include carbon sequestration in forests, rangeland and cropland; emissions reductions for dairies, feedlots, and rice production; and nutrient management efforts.
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Northeast SARE Research and Education Grants
The Research and Education program funds outcome-based projects offering research, education, and demonstration projects that engage farmers as cooperators in the exploration of sustainable farm practices.
Pre-proposals are due by August 1, 2011.
USDA Rural Development Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
Under the RCDG program, grants of up to $225,000 may be awarded to colleges, universities and non-profit groups to create and operate centers that help individuals or groups establish, expand or operate rural businesses, especially cooperatives.
Applications are due July 22, 2011.
Mirassou Bright Ideas™ Grant Program
Mirassou Winery's Bright Ideas Grant Program will award five $3,000 grants to individuals with bright ideas to help turn their ideas into reality.
Applications will be judged on criteria that includes relevance of the bright idea to the Mirassou spirit of entrepreneurism, innovation and empowerment.
Applications are due by October 31, 2011.
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The Kneading Conference
July 28-29, 2011
The Maine Grain Alliance brings together bakers, grain farmers and millers and researchers for two-days of participatory workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
In Her Boots: Sustainable Farming for Women, By Women
July 24, 2011
This new day-long, on-farm workshop series provides women farmers and food-focused business owners with an inspiring blend of practical information, skill-building, farm tours, resource connections and networking opportunities to encourage and support this growing segment of organic farmers, entrepreneurs and agricultural leaders.
Carbon Economy Series Workshop: Keyline Design for Whole Farm Fertility
July 24, 2011
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This full-day workshop led by Owen Hablutzel addresses whole-landscape water harvesting to get the most from every drop; discovering secrets of rapid creation of healthy topsoil; and more.
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