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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - July 25, 2012

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.

News & Resources

  • On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide Released
  • New York Sweet Corn Farmers Try New Technology for Water Protection
  • Glyphosate-resistant Weeds May Be Less Susceptible to Diseases
  • Federal Resource Guide for Rural Communities Released
  • USDA Announces Decision to Deregulate Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets
  • Protected Food Name Status Awarded to Danish Beef

Funding Opportunities

  • Western SARE Professional Development Program Grants
  • Iowa State Soil Conservation Committee Research and Demonstration Grant Program
  • Montana Growth Through Agriculture Program

Coming Events

  • Planning for Success: Starting a Small Livestock Enterprise
  • Small Scale Intensive Farming Workshop
  • Microbiology 201 for Small Meat Processors Webinar

News & Resources

On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide Released
The Cornell Small Farms Program has released new On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guidelines. Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale, this guide focuses on the critical points for producing a product that is safe to eat. The publication is available online at the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project website.

New York Sweet Corn Farmers Try New Technology for Water Protection
Farmers producing sweet corn in Suffolk County, New York, have an opportunity to demonstrate an innovative fertilizer technology on their crops called Controlled-Release Nitrogen Fertilizer. This fertilizer is designed to break down over time according to the plant's need for nutrients. To help reduce the financial risk for farmers participating in this collaborative demonstration project, they will be part of the BMP Challenge system, which reimburses farmers who experience any reduction in their harvest after utilizing approved conservation practices.

Glyphosate-resistant Weeds May Be Less Susceptible to Diseases
Purdue University scientists searching for clues to understand how superweeds obtain resistance to the herbicide glyphosate have found that soil microbes may play a significant role in how glyphosate affects plants. Their research also suggests that glyphosate-resistant weeds may be more resistant to disease pressure. "We may be selecting not only for glyphosate resistance, but inadvertently selecting for weeds that have disease resistance as well," explained one of the study's authors.

Federal Resource Guide for Rural Communities Released
Four agencies have released a guide outlining programs the federal government has available to support rural communities as they promote economic development and enhance the quality of life for rural residents. The publication Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities is a collaborative effort among USDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The guide has key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the four agencies, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have benefited from federal resources.

USDA Announces Decision to Deregulate Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced its determination of nonregulated status for a variety of sugar beet genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. This determination finds the sugar beets are not likely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants or plant products. APHIS' determination and record of decision are now available online.

Protected Food Name Status Awarded to Danish Beef
The meat from "vadehavsstude," or cows who graze on salt marshes on Denmark's west coast, is the latest product to receive protected geographical food name status from the European Union, reports Reuters. Over 1,000 such designations of origin have been registered since the EU scheme began in 1992, the idea being that protected names signify authentic products from distinct geographic areas.

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Funding Opportunities

Western SARE Professional Development Program Grants
The Administrative Council of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has issued a call for proposals for Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants. The grants are aimed at helping Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. PDP Grants are limited to $60,000 for single-state proposals and $100,000 for multi-state proposals.
Proposals are due by October 31, 2012.

Iowa State Soil Conservation Committee Research and Demonstration Grant Program
The Iowa State Soil Conservation Committee Research and Demonstration Fund provides funds to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers, institutions, organizations, and educators who are exploring sustainable agriculture and nonpoint pollution projects through research or education/demonstration. Successful projects should contribute to sustaining and improving the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends and enhancing the quality of life for farmers/ranchers, rural communities, and society as a whole.
Applications are due by August 31, 2012.

Montana Growth Through Agriculture Program
Growth Through Agriculture is a grant and loan program established to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. Economic Development Projects may be funded through a grant of up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000.
Draft application deadline is August 21, 2012; final application deadline is September 14, 2012.

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Coming Events

Planning for Success: Starting a Small Livestock Enterprise
August 7, 8, or 9, 2012
Live Oak, Bushnell, or Bartow, Florida

"Planning for Success: Starting a Small Livestock Enterprise" day-long workshops will be offered at three locations by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency. NCAT Agriculture Specialists Terrell Spencer and Linda Coffey will present on risk management for poultry and small ruminant enterprises. Topics to be covered include evaluating enterprise options, production considerations, and business and financial planning. To register for the Live Oak workshop on August 7, contact facilitator Elena Toro at 386-362-2771 or email etoro@ufl.edu. Register for the Bushnell workshop on August 8 at http://sustlivestock.eventbrite.com. To register for the Bartow workshop on August 9, contact facilitator Mary Beth Henry at 863-519-8677 or email mbhenry@ufl.edu.

Small-Scale Intensive Farming Workshop
August 25, 2012
Griffin, Georgia

National Center for Appropriate Technology, Georgia Organics, the USDA Risk Management Agency, and USDA Beginning Farmer Development Program are sponsoring a workshop on starting and managing a sustainable small-scale urban farm business. The workshop will showcase techniques for producing high crop yields and efficiency measures that can increase profits while maintaining soil and crop quality. NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist and farmer Andy Pressman will lead beginning and experienced farmers in exploring the theory and application of commercial small-scale crop production.

Microbiology 201 for Small Meat Processors Webinar
August 29, 2012
Online

In this Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar, Dr. Catherine Cutter and Martin Bucknavage from Pennsylvania State University teach advanced concepts that processors and those who work with them need to understand. This free webinar at 1 - 3:30pm Eastern will focus on microbiological testing.

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