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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - July 31, 2019

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

  • Resources for National Farmers Market Week Available Online
  • New Website Offers Crop Insurance Education
  • Regenerative Farming Fellowship Invites Applications
  • National Farmers Union Introduces Business Education Tools
  • Report Highlights Alternative Methods for Pest Management
  • Armed to Urban Farm Application Deadline Extended to August 2

Funding Opportunities

  • Small Business Innovation Research Program: Phase I
  • Pennsylvania Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program
  • John May Farm Safety Fund

Coming Events

  • Soil Health School
  • Student Organic Seed Symposium
  • Produce Food Safety Training for Military Veterans

News & Resources

Resources for National Farmers Market Week Available Online
Farmers Market Coalition is offering resources, tools, and fun activities for market managers, vendors, and attendees to use for planning and participating in National Farmers Market Week, set for August 4-10, 2019. The online offerings include a webinar tour of the resources and how to use them. Invitations, infographics, marketing materials, and talking points are all available free online.
.Related ATTRA Publication: Farmers Markets: Marketing and Business Guide

New Website Offers Crop Insurance Education
National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) has launched a new website at CropInsurance101.org that aims to be an easily accessible resource where visitors can learn more about the history of crop insurance, download fact sheets, or find a glossary of common terms. NCIS also debuted a video that explains how crop insurance works.
.Related ATTRA Resources: Crop Insurance

Regenerative Farming Fellowship Invites Applications
The Stone Barns Regenerative Farming Fellowship provides medium-scale farmers seeking to transition to regenerative farming practices with education, a supportive peer network, inspiration, and leadership and advocacy skills they need to bring about structural change. The Regenerative Farming Fellowship begins at the Young Farmers Conference, December 3-6, 2019. Up to eight applicants will be selected for the 2019 Regenerative Farming Fellowship cohort. Applications are due by August 7, 2019.

National Farmers Union Introduces Business Education Tools
National Farmers Union Foundation has refocused its general farm education programs around the Farm and Ranch Business Health Assessment and a new Farm Business Toolbox. These free resources help farmers identify their operations' strengths and weaknesses and offer opportunities to improve their business acumen. The toolbox compiles resources from numerous sources, including NCAT.

Report Highlights Alternative Methods for Pest Management
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides has updated its resource guide for alternatives to pesticides, Many Small Hammers. This report provides an overview of several options for growers who wish to consider implementing alternative methods for pest management: pheromones, cover crops, solarization, and more. The free report also provides a brief overview of federal financial incentive programs available to help pay for the cost of farming with alternative methods.
Related ATTRA Resources: Pest Management

Armed to Urban Farm Application Deadline Extended to August 2
In partnership with the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Holden Forests & Gardens, NCAT is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) veterans training to Cleveland, Ohio, for a special event focused on urban farming. Armed to Urban Farm will give military veterans an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and learn about urban farming as a career. Veterans should complete an online application by August 2, 2019. All veterans are welcome to apply, but those from Ohio and the Great Lakes Region will receive priority.

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Funding Opportunities

Small Business Innovation Research Program: Phase I
USDA is accepting applications for Phase I funding up to $100,000, available through the Small Business Innovation Research Program. The USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market. For-profit small businesses and small proprietorships are eligible to apply. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of an approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas.
Applications are due by October 23, 2019.

Pennsylvania Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program
The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program will provide $500,000 in grants to improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas, the aggregation of product, sharing of resources, and support for community development efforts. Microgrants up to $2,500 can be used for one-time projects or a single-entity applicant. Collaboration grants (up to $50,000) support cooperative or regional efforts that share resources, aggregate agricultural products or producers, promote the sharing of resources among agricultural entities, and support community development.
Applications are due September 6, 2019.

John May Farm Safety Fund
The John May Farm Safety Fund has been established by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) for New York farmers needing financial help to improve safety on their farms. Awardees must meet these eligibility requirements: (1) resident of New York State; (2) active farmer (part-time or full-time); and (3) annual farm gross receipts are $10,000 - $349,999 or a dairy farm that has fewer than 700 milking cows. Awards may not exceed 50% of the estimated total cost of the project, with a maximum award amount of $5,000.
Applications to the program may be submitted at any time. The number and amount of awards will be determined by NYCAMH on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Coming Events

Soil Health School
September 4-6, 2019
Salem, South Dakota
South Dakota Soil Health Coalition Soil Health School is designed for agriculture producers and others interested in managing their soils for resiliency and profit. Topics will include holistic management, cover crops, soil assessment and monitoring, soil biology and beneficial insects, fencing and watering systems, and more.

Student Organic Seed Symposium
August 22-25, 2019
Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Student Organic Seed Symposium is an annual gathering of graduate students, researchers, farmers, and seed industry professionals working in organic seed systems. This year's theme is "Seed stories: Narratives of self, science, spirit, and social context."

Produce Food Safety Training for Military Veterans
August 23, 2019
Rosenberg, Texas
This free, hands-on workshop for military veterans provides an introduction to food safety for people who grow produce, with important information to know in order to sell products safely.

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