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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - July 4, 2018
Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.
News & Resources
- Organic-Management Fact Sheets Released by MOSES
- Soil Health Training Program Offered in New York
- Toolkit Aids in Establishing Farm to School Networks in States
- Biocontrol Nematodes Combat Corn Rootworm
- American Farmland Trust Launches Summer-Long Farmers Market Celebration
- Group Connects Purple Sprouting Broccoli Growers
- Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems
- Nebraska Ephemeral Gully Control Initiative
- AERO Expo Farmer Fellow
- Florida Farmers Market Crop Up
- Fruit and Vegetable Field Day
- Urban Food Systems Symposium
News & Resources
Organic-Management Fact Sheets Released by MOSES
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has released two new two-page fact sheets, Managing Soil Fertility in an Organic System and Organic Pest and Disease Management. The first addresses soil organic matter, synthetic fertility, soil testing, fertilizers, compost, cover crops, and more best practices. The second offers an overview of simple and effective practices you can implement on your farm to minimize pest and disease pressure.
Related ATTRA Resource: Organic Farming
Soil Health Training Program Offered in New York
American Farmland Trust is accepting applications from agricultural service professionals for the Practical Soil Health Specialists program. Up to 20 participants will be selected for training beginning in September 2018, to equip them to provide technical assistance to farmers on soil-improvement practices. The deadline to apply is July 20, 2018.
Toolkit Aids in Establishing Farm to School Networks in States
The National Farm to School Network has released a 47-page PDF toolkit that provides users with key strategies and approaches for developing and sustaining state farm to school networks. It includes a primer on general network models and development, details on farm to school network best practices, case studies highlighting successful tools and tactics, and an analysis on the future of state farm to school networks. The publication is available free online.
Related ATTRA Webinar: Connecting with Institutional Markets: Strategies and Programs for Producers
Biocontrol Nematodes Combat Corn Rootworm
Research led by Cornell University and funded by Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is evaluating how biocontrol nematodes applied to reduce the impact of alfalfa snout beetle can combat corn rootworm. Research has shown that the biocontrol nematodes persist in fields after rotation to corn, and that they have reduced corn-rootwom feeding damage as well or better than the best Bt toxin-containing corn variety.
American Farmland Trust Launches Summer-Long Farmers Market Celebration
American Farmland Trust (AFT) has launched its 10th annual Farmers Market Celebration, set to run until September 21, 2018. The Celebration is a national effort to promote the importance of family farmers and farmers markets, while also raising awareness about the loss of America's farmland. AFT encourages market shoppers, family farmers, and others to endorse their favorite farmers markets in four categories and to use the hashtag #OnMyFork to show off the best of what their market has to offer.
Group Connects Purple Sprouting Broccoli Growers
Organic Seed Alliance has created a Facebook group called the Purple Sprouting Broccoli Bunch Up, to connect growers who are interested in growing, or are growing, purple sprouting broccoli. The overwintering broccoli is being grown at trial sites around Puget Sound to identify the best varieties for various regions and the best transplanting times. The group gives growers a place to connect, share experiences, and ask questions.
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Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems
This program catalyzes well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the Food, Energy, Water Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. This solicitation allows the National Science Foundation and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions.
Proposals are due September 26, 2018.
Nebraska Ephemeral Gully Control Initiative
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding available to help Nebraska farmers control erosion on their cropland. This funding is available through a special Ephemeral Gully Control Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Measures can include cover crops, grassed waterways, and conservation buffers.
Application deadline is July 20, 2018.
AERO Expo Farmer Fellow
Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) has received funding through a Western SARE Mini-Grant to help bring six beginning (five years or less on-farm experience) and/or military veteran farmers to this year's Expo and Annual Meeting in Missoula, Montana, October 26-28, 2018.
Applications are due by August 15, 2018.
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Florida Farmers Market Crop Up
August 7, 2018
Fresh Access Bucks presents the Second Annual Florida Farmers Market Crop Up, a free, professional-development and networking event for Florida farmers market managers, direct-to-consumer outlet operators, and food-access professionals.
Fruit and Vegetable Field Day
August 6, 2018
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s free annual Fruit and Vegetable Field Day will feature research and demonstration projects for commercial growers.
Urban Food Systems Symposium
August 8-11, 2018
The Symposium will bring together an international audience to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. Topics include urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, and more.
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