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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - July 25, 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
- Report Provides Case Studies on Regional PreK-12 Food
- SARE Offers New Resources on Cover Crops and Water Quality
- Report Explores Changes in Practices of North Carolina Farmers
- USDA Interactive Map Showcases Actions to Address Opioid Epidemic
- New Resources Support Montana Organic Seed Growers
- Storey Publishing Relaunches 'Guide to Raising' Series
- Technical Assistance for Implementing Conservation Objectives in West Virginia
- Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop Project Grants
- Maine Dairy Improvement Fund Loan Program
- Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts
- Healthy Eating in Practice
- Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers & Landowners
News & Resources
Report Provides Case Studies on Regional PreK-12 Food
A new report from FoodCorps, School Food Focus, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shares how six school districts from across the nation have adopted creative strategies to overcome common school food struggles. The case studies are collected in PreK-12 School Food: Making It Healthier, Making It Regional. The 14-page executive report is available online.
Related ATTRA Publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It Work
SARE Offers New Resources on Cover Crops and Water Quality
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released a Cover Crops and Water Quality resource series that includes free materials to help educators, farmers, and others learn and share how cover cropping can improve water quality. The collection includes five fact sheets, three infographics, and a PowerPoint slide set. Together, these resources address the role of cover crops in nutrient management, erosion, infiltration, and soil organic matter.
Related ATTRA Videos: Soils and Compost
Report Explores Changes in Practices of North Carolina Farmers
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Local Food Research Center has released The Growth and Transition of Sustainable Production Practices in WNC, a report exploring changes in the growing practices of North Carolina farmers. From 2008 to 2016, more farmers produced food for local markets using sustainable production practices. Organic (non-certified) and GMO-free experienced the greatest proportional growth over the period.
USDA Interactive Map Showcases Actions to Address Opioid Epidemic
USDA has introduced an interactive Opioid Misuse Resource Map featuring resources for rural communities and individuals facing the crisis. Visitors can use the map to learn about, access, or replicate actions rural leaders are taking in small towns across the country to address the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment, and recovery opportunities.
New Resources Support Montana Organic Seed Growers
Organic Seed Alliance has released a new collection of organic seed production and handling resources for Montana specialty crop seed growers. The resources walk growers through best practices for producing vegetable crop seed using organic practices and for handling the seed they sell commercially. The free online resources include an in-depth guide to understanding seed quality standards and 10 crop-specific summaries of best practices for seed production.
Storey Publishing Relaunches 'Guide to Raising' Series
In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Storey Publishing is relaunching its "Guide to Raising" series of references on livestock. The series features guides on 15 animals, which are all being updated with full-color photography and illustrations. Guides on chickens and goats debuted earlier this year, and rabbits and honey bees were just released. Other titles will be updated at a rate of four per year.
Related ATTRA Publication: Small-Scale Livestock Production
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Technical Assistance for Implementing Conservation Objectives in West Virginia
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in West Virginia is seeking proposals from nonprofits, state government, and local government for projects that would improve conservation delivery in West Virginia. A total of $2 million is available, with a funding floor of $150,000 and ceiling of $450,000. Projects should focus on the objectives of developing conservation plans, providing technical assistance related to farm bill applications and contracts, providing assistance in implementation of conservation practices, or providing outreach to inform the public about conservation programs and opportunities.
Applications are due August 15, 2018.
Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop Project Grants
The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety will provide grants up to $5,000 each to support projects conceived and/or drafted during the 2018 Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop. Funds will be allocated to workshop participants to support projects that develop and/or enhance child and youth agricultural injury prevention strategies.
Applications are due September 17, 2018.
Maine Dairy Improvement Fund Loan Program
The Dairy Improvement Fund (DIF) is a new revolving loan program to help Maine dairy farms and enterprises fund capital improvements to maintain and enhance the viability of their farms. The program was developed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and is administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. The DIF program will assist farms that are engaged in the commercial production of cow milk or cow milk products. Funds may be used for implementation of design, construction, or improvement of approved equipment and building purchases.
No application deadline is specified.
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Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts
August 28 or 29, 2018
Thief River Falls or Lake Park, Minnesota
Sustainable Farming Association offers a chance to dig deeper into soil health opportunities, challenges, and monitoring. A morning classroom session is followed by an afternoon of discussion and analysis in the field.
Healthy Eating in Practice
August 20-21, 2018, and September 24-25, 2018
Hattiesburg and Natchez, Mississippi
This conference for practitioners, researchers, and influencers is focused on changing the culture of healthcare to better support healthy eating behaviors, particularly in children and families, and prevent chronic diseases related to food choices. It features participatory workshops, farm field trips, and peer learning.
Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers & Landowners
August 14 or 30, 2018
Edgerton or Evansville, Wisconsin
This comprehensive one-day training from the Xerces Society is tailored to farmers, landowners, crop consultants, Extension agents, NRCS personnel, and others interested in pollinator conservation.
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