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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 22, 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

  • Organic Seed Alliance Offers Online Seed Production Tutorials
  • Additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program Project Areas Announced
  • Crop Science Society Announces Position on Crop Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Study Says Organic Food Has More Nutrition, Helps People Live Longer
  • Michigan State University Beef Offers Local Food Model
  • Washington Offers Culinary Tourism Itineraries

Funding Opportunities

  • Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnerships Program
  • Northeast SARE Professional Development Grants
  • Risk Management Education in Targeted States

Coming Events

  • National Conference on Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education
  • A National Meeting of Farm Advocates
  • Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference

News & Resources

Organic Seed Alliance Offers Online Seed Production Tutorials
Organic Seed Alliance has created new multi-media online seed production tutorials for beets and chard, brassicas, carrots, lettuce, onions, and wet seeded crops, along with tutorials on seed climatic considerations, seed disease and seed quality.

Additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program Project Areas Announced
USDA has announced the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas, in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania, to promote the cultivation of giant miscanthus that can be processed into renewable energy.

Crop Science Society Announces Position on Crop Adaptation to Climate Change
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has announced its position statement on "Crop Adaptation to Climate Change." The statement reviews the impacts of variable weather conditions arising from climate change on cropping systems; reports the progress to date in adapting crops and management practices to these new conditions; and offers focus areas for increasing the speed at which global agricultural systems can further adapt.

Study Says Organic Food Has More Nutrition, Helps People Live Longer
A study by the UK's Newcastle University says organic fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients than their conventional counterparts, and people who consume organic produce will see expanded lifespans. The Newcastle study will be published in the next issue of the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences.

Michigan State University Beef Offers Local Food Model
Beef produced on MSU farms will soon be supplied to restaurants and cafeterias throughout campus. The goal of the project is to develop a model that can be replicated throughout the state, where institutions -- universities, hotels, restaurants -- can source locally produced meat from small- and medium-sized livestock producers, providing their customers with the local food they are demanding.

Washington Offers Culinary Tourism Itineraries
Fourteen new regional culinary tourism itineraries offered through Savor Washington will help visitors explore the state's freshest on-farm produce and innovative flavors from local chefs. Itineraries available online cover 11 regions of the state, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Yakima Valley.

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Funding Opportunities

Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnerships Program
This program delivers crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial and human risk. Total program funding is $3,500,000 and cooperative agreements of up to $100,000 will be made.
Deadline for applications is July 14, 2011.

Northeast SARE Professional Development Grants
The Professional Development program funds outcome-based projects that train Cooperative Extension educators and other agricultural service providers in sustainable techniques and concepts.
Pre-proposals are due by August 1, 2011.

Risk Management Education in Targeted States
The purpose of this USDA Risk Management Education cooperative agreement program is to deliver crop insurance education and information to producers in States where there is a low level of Federal crop insurance participation and availability, and producers are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program.
Application deadline is July 15, 2011.

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Coming Events

National Conference on Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education
August 4-5, 2011
Lexington, Kentucky

The conference theme, "Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture Education: Growing a Collaborative Legacy," is focused on addressing the means of achieving sustainability in agriculture through authentic educational experiences across the food system: schools, universities, farms, and communities.

A National Meeting of Farm Advocates
August 11-12, 2011
Bonner Springs, Kansas

Farm Aid is partnering with the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA to gather farm advocates from around the country to share lessons learned, assess the cutting edge of farm advocacy and create new forms of cooperation, support, and ongoing training for Farm Advocates. Contact either Farm Aid's Joel Morton at joel@farmaid.org & 1-800-FARMAID or RAFI-USA's Scott Marlow at scott@rafiusa.org & 919-542-1396 x210.

Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference
August 22-23, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee

The 2011 Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference will include large and small group learning to help 75 farmers and ranchers establish the confidence to "agvocate" through social media. Apply by June 24.

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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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