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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - July 6, 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 https://attra.ncat.org/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

  • Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Nominations Requested
  • California Farmland Development Compensation Case Settled for $7 Million
  • Appointments to Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Announced
  • NRCS Funds Mississippi River Basin Projects
  • Minnesota Governor Proclaims Sustainable Agriculture Day
  • MOSES Accepting Nominations for Organic Farmer of the Year

Funding Opportunities

  • Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program
  • Northeast SARE Sustainable Community Grants
  • Leopold Center's 2011 Request for Pre-proposals

Coming Events

  • Farm Aid 2011
  • American Community Gardening Association National Conference
  • MOB Grazing Tour: 5 Farms, Endless Information

News & Resources

Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Nominations Requested
The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint up to 25 representatives from the nation's fruit and vegetable industry, including fruit and vegetable growers/shippers, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, processors, fresh cut processors and foodservice suppliers, to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee for the 2011 to 2013 term. Written nominations must be received on or before July 20, 2011.

California Farmland Development Compensation Case Settled for $7 Million
A five-year legal battle between Greenbelt Alliance and the City of Oakley, over development of 3,000 housing units on 828 acres of prime farmland, has resulted in a settlement that requires the City of Oakley to collect approximately $7 million as final approvals are issued for the development and as houses are built. The San Francisco Foundation will issue grants from the funds for the fee title acquisition of eligible farmland, conservation easements, and other related activities.

Appointments to Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Announced
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced appointments to the reactivated Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, or AC21. "This advisory committee will come together to continue investigating the challenges of coexistence among different forms of agricultural production," said Vilsack.

NRCS Funds Mississippi River Basin Projects
NRCS has announced the selection of 19 new projects in the Mississippi River Basin that will provide technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to implement conservation practices that prevent, control and trap nutrient runoff from agricultural land; and restore and protect wetlands.

Minnesota Governor Proclaims Sustainable Agriculture Day
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed July 16, 2011 as Sustainable Agriculture Day in Minnesota, celebrating Minnesota's agricultural heritage and national leadership by highlighting farming practices that are environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially sustainable. In conjunction, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota is hosting the 2011 SFA Festival of Farms on July 16.

MOSES Accepting Nominations for Organic Farmer of the Year
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service is accepting nominations for the 2012 Organic Farmer of the Year until September 15. Nomination forms are available online.

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Funding Opportunities

Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program
USDA Rural Development Cooperative Programs requests proposals from eligible cooperatives for almost $3.5 million in competitively awarded grants to fund technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas.
Applications are due August 15, 2011.

Northeast SARE Sustainable Community Grants
Sustainable Community Grants make a direct connection between community revitalization and farming. To apply, you must be affiliated with Cooperative Extension, a municipality, a state department of agriculture, a college or university, a community organization, or other institutional entity.
Proposals are due by October 19, 2011.

Leopold Center's 2011 Request for Pre-proposals
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas that will help fulfill its mission to identify and reduce negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of agricultural practices and contribute to the development of profitable farming systems that conserve natural resources. The Center will accept pre-proposals from investigators representing any Iowa nonprofit organization/agency and/or educational institution, including soil and water conservation districts, schools and colleges, and regional development groups.
The deadline for submitting ideas is August 15, 2011.

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Coming Events

Farm Aid 2011
August 13, 2011
Kansas City, Kansas

Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land.

American Community Gardening Association National Conference
August 18-21, 2011
Northwest Ohio

Connect with other community garden and open space advocates to share information, wisdom and fun through workshops, seminars, tours and informal discussions.

MOB Grazing Tour: 5 Farms, Endless Information
August 9-11, 2011
Southeast Iowa

This 5-farm tour will demonstrate how sheep, beef and dairy cattle are used in high-density grazing.

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