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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - September 7, 2011

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

News & Resources

  • Slow Food USA Launches $5 Challenge
  • Growing Cities Documents Urban Agriculture
  • FSA Reminds Producers of Disaster Assistance Deadlines
  • Organizations Request Additional Response Time on Proposed Livestock Traceability Rules
  • Vermont Farmer Emergency Fund Prepares Online Auction
  • International Organic Fruit Research Symposium Planned

Funding Opportunities

  • NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant
  • Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships
  • Massachusetts 2012 Buy Local Grant Program

Coming Events

  • Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference
  • Community Wind Across America
  • FoodMed 2011

News & Resources

Slow Food USA Launches $5 Challenge
This September 17, you're invited to take back the 'value meal' by getting together with family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person. Slow Food USA offers tips for $5 meals, instructions on hosting a meal, and help in finding a meal in your area.

Growing Cities Documents Urban Agriculture
Growing Cities, a feature-length documentary film about urban farming, highlights the exerience of two friends from Omaha, Nebraska, who recently completed a road trip across the country to meet with leaders in the urban farming movement and learn how cities are being revitalized one vegetable, bee, and chicken at a time.

FSA Reminds Producers of Disaster Assistance Deadlines
USDA's Farm Service Agency reminds producers about upcoming deadlines for disaster assistance through five programs:
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE);
Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP);
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP);
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the
Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

Organizations Request Additional Response Time on Proposed Livestock Traceability Rules
Forty-nine advocacy groups have formally requested that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack extend the public comment period for the proposed "Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate" by an additional 60 days beyond the current November 9 deadline.

Vermont Farmer Emergency Fund Prepares Online Auction
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is launching an online auction on October 1 to raise crucial funding for the Farmer Emergency Fund, which will provide financial support to organic and NOFA-VT member farmers whose land and crops were destroyed by the statewide flooding in Vermont.

International Organic Fruit Research Symposium Planned
The International Society of Horticultural Science and Washington State University have announced plans to hold the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium, "Organic Fruit: From Research to Practice" in Leavenworth, Washington, June 18-21, 2012.
Related ATTRA Publication: Tree Fruits: Organic Production Overview

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Funding Opportunities

NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant
Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. New this year, there are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), partner grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum).
Proposals are due on December 2, 2011.

Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships
Annie's offers $75,000 in funds to students studying sustainable agriculture. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students beginning or returning to an accredited 2 or 4 year college program, or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2012/2013 school year.
Applications are due by December 15, 2011.

Massachusetts 2012 Buy Local Grant Program
The Department of Agricultural Resources is soliciting responsive proposals from multiple community-based, grassroots non-profit organizations dedicated to and experienced with local agriculture for projects that will enhance the buy local efforts in western, central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts.
Proposals are due by October 7, 2011.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference
October 14-15, 2011
Louisville, Kentucky

"Cultivating Change, Harvesting Health" is for people and organizations who care about where their food comes from....and that their daily repast is ethically and sustainably raised/grown and harvested.

Community Wind Across America
October 26-28, 2011
Albany, New York

Northeastern rural landowners, local investors, and community leaders can choose sessions from a two-track program, to get the full range of what's needed to unlock the economic growth potential of locally-owned wind energy.

FoodMed 2011
October 18-19, 2011
Seattle, Washington

FoodMed, the nation's premier conference on sustainable foods & the health care sector, is a great opportunity for leaders in the health care sector and vendors of products and services which support sustainable food systems to meet.

>> More Events

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