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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - August 10, 2016

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

  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Releases Special Reports on Food Safety Rules
  • Report Says Choosing Organic Helps Combat Antibiotic Resistance
  • UCLA Study Shows that Eco-Certified Wine Tastes Better
  • Tree Cover on Agricultural Lands Captures Carbon
  • Study Finds Livestock Antibiotic Treatment Affects Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Minnesota Greenbook Highlights Sustainable Agricultural Demonstration Projects

Funding Opportunities

  • North Central Region SARE Research and Education Grant Program
  • Food Well Alliance Local Food Grant
  • Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference Scholarships

Coming Events

  • California Multi-Species Grazing/Browsing Academy
  • Organic Crops on a Large Scale
  • Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop

News & Resources

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Releases Special Reports on Food Safety Rules
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released two special reports, Understanding FDA's FSMA Rule for Produce Farms and Understanding FDA's FSMA Rule for Food Facilities. They address food-safety rules for produce farms and food processors under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including updated and consolidated analysis of FSMA’s Produce Rule and Preventive Controls Rule.

Report Says Choosing Organic Helps Combat Antibiotic Resistance
Organic Food and Farming as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health is a new report from The Organic Center, based on a review of nearly 100 studies. The report demonstrates that organic is consumers' best choice to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The full report is available online.

UCLA Study Shows that Eco-Certified Wine Tastes Better
A study by UCLA researchers showed that in blind taste-tests, professional wine reviewers give eco-certified wines higher ratings than regular wines. The study looked at reviews and scores for more than 74,000 California wines. Eco-certified wines included wine made with grapes from organic and biodynamic farms.
Related ATTRA Publication: Grapes: Organic Production

Tree Cover on Agricultural Lands Captures Carbon
A new study from the World Agroforestry Centre, Global Tree Cover and Biomass Carbon on Agricultural Land: The contribution of agroforestry to global and national carbon budgets, looks at how tree cover on agricultural land can capture carbon dioxide. Tree cover on agricultural land is increasing globally and has tremendous potential to impact carbon budgets.

Study Finds Livestock Antibiotic Treatment Affects Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Research led by the University of Colorado and published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that treating cattle with a commonly used broad-spectrum antibiotic has downstream effects on microbiota in dung and dung beetles. In addition, the research unexpectedly found that antibiotic treatment raised methane fluxes from dung.

Minnesota Greenbook Highlights Sustainable Agricultural Demonstration Projects
Minnesota Department of Agriculture has released the 2016 Greenbook, a set of research findings produced by 29 sustainable agricultural demonstration projects taking place on Minnesota farms. The Greenbook is a collection of annual reports from projects funded by the state's Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program.

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Funding Opportunities

North Central Region SARE Research and Education Grant Program
The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. Grant awards range from $10,000 to $200,000.
Preproposals are due October 20, 2016.

Food Well Alliance Local Food Grant
Food Well Alliance will invest up to $25,000 per project in local farming enterprises that seek to develop a financially sustainable business model that incorporates ways to make locally grown food accessible to low-income communities in Metro Atlanta. Also, Food Well Alliance seeks to fund organizations that make the connection between local food and healthy eating by increasing awareness and consumption in low-income communities in Metro Atlanta.
Applications are due by September 27, 2016.

Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference Scholarships
The Women, Food & Ag Network has several scholarships available for its annual conference, November 4-5 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Resource Enhancement and Protection program will offer 15 scholarships of $200 each. Nebraska SARE is offering 10 scholarships of $250 to attendees from Nebraska. Attendees may also qualify for the Mother's Egg Money scholarship fund.
Some scholarships are first-come, first-served.

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Coming Events

California Multi-Species Grazing/Browsing Academy
September 16-18, 2016
Auburn, California

This Academy is a unique and exciting hands-on program emphasizing the practical application of controlled grazing/browsing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit.

Organic Crops on a Large Scale
September 15, 2016
Cottonwood, Minnesota

This free MOSES and OGRAIN field day covers weed management, soil fertility, and cover crops—particularly tillage radishes planted in late summer.

Fundamentals of On-Farm Plant Breeding Workshop
September 13-14, 2016
Pablo, Montana

Join the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative for a classroom and field-based course on plant breeding. Participants will learn basic principles and practices for evaluating, developing, improving, and maintaining plant varieties on-farm.

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