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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - September 16, 2020

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

  • Organic Specialty Crop Training Available Free Online
  • Midwest Cover Crops Council Revises Cover Crop Decision Tool
  • Project to Calculate Farm-Scale Carbon Credits Funded by U.S. Department of Energy
  • North Dakota Rancher Marketing Beef Through Convenience Stores
  • AgrAbility Virtual State Fair to Provide Resources and Information
  • Publication Highlights Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators

Funding Opportunities

  • Southern SARE Producer Grants
  • Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
  • Annie's Grants for Gardens

Coming Events

  • Online Common Ground Country Fair
  • Positioning Your Livestock Business for Financial Success: A Financial Management Workshop for Livestock Producers
  • Putting Your Garden to Rest: Soil Health Virtual Workshop

News & Resources

Organic Specialty Crop Training Available Free Online
Training on organic farming for specialty crops is available free online from the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Organic Farming Research Foundation, and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. The training program contains modules on soil health, weed management, irrigation and water management, pest management, disease management, and business management and marketing. The program provides a combination of written content, videos, and exercises that allows students to follow along at their own pace.
Related ATTRA Resources: Organic Farming

Midwest Cover Crops Council Revises Cover Crop Decision Tool
The Midwest Cover Crops Council has revised its Cover Crop Selector Tools that assist farmers in choosing cover crops for field crop and vegetable rotations. Users from 12 Midwest states can select their location and the goals they have for cover crops, and provide information about their cash crops and drainage data. The tool then offers the best cover crop options for the specified conditions.

Related ATTRA Video: Cover Crop Uses for Small-Scale Producers

Project to Calculate Farm-Scale Carbon Credits Funded by U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy awarded $4.5 million to an effort led by the University of Illinois to develop technology to calculate carbon credits at the farm scale. The project combines satellite observations, mobile soil sensing, and supercomputers to provide field-level quantification of carbon intensity. It will develop commercial products to calculate the value of various ecosystem services related to crop and land management decisions.
Related ATTRA Video: Payments for Ecosystem Services Part II ~ Carbon Markets and Credit Stacking

North Dakota Rancher Marketing Beef Through Convenience Stores
A feature in The Prairie Star describes how North Dakota rancher Lacey Block is direct-marketing beef through Rancher's Rebellion Beef Company, LLC, in North and South Dakota convenience stores and gas stations. Block describes navigating the regulations and paperwork for starting the business that supplies steaks, roasts, ribs, brisket, and ground beef from her own family's ranch, as well as neighboring ranchers.
Related ATTRA Publication: Direct Marketing Lamb: A Pathway

AgrAbility Virtual State Fair to Provide Resources and Information
Purdue University has announced the inaugural AgrAbility Virtual State Fair, set for October. The online event will provide resources and information for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers who are working in production agriculture with a disability, functional limitation, or health condition.

Publication Highlights Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators
The National Agricultural Law Center published a 12-page fact sheet that can help those considering adding a farm stay enterprise to their operation. Ten Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators reviews potential legal issues farm or ranch operators may face when considering adding a farm stay business.

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Funding Opportunities

Southern SARE Producer Grants
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) is accepting applications for Producer Grants. This program is intended to help farmers and ranchers in the Southern Region conduct projects to solve challenges and problems they face, and develop information on what works and doesn't work so that others facing those same problems can benefit from the results. Producer Grants are open to individual full-time or part-time farmers (grants up to $15,000 for an individual) and ranchers or farmer organizations (maximum grant of $20,000).
Proposals are due by November 13, 2020.

Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
The Northern NY Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) is accepting applications for its small grants program for 2021-2022. Funds will support projects that focus on research, education, and technical assistance in support of the agricultural production sectors in a six-county region. Approximately $300,000 will be provided through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. A list of research ideas is available online.
Applications are due by November 2, 2020.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
Public and private schools and nonprofit organizations can apply for school garden grants for edible gardens at schools in the United States. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems.
Applications are due by November 2, 2020.

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Coming Events

Online Common Ground Country Fair
September 25-27, 2020
Online
This year, MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair features live programming online, with livestreaming video workshops, talks, and demonstrations. There will also be online educational offerings via a content library and a marketplace for vendors. Keynote speakers are Leah Penniman, Barbara Damrosch, and Winona LaDuke.

Positioning Your Livestock Business for Financial Success: A Financial Management Workshop for Livestock Producers
September 30 - November 18, 2020
Online

Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a seven-part weekly workshop series on farm financial management for livestock producers, to help you better understand the financial position of your livestock business.

Putting Your Garden to Rest: Soil Health Virtual Workshop
September 23 , 2020
Online
Join NCAT's Soil Specialist Nina Prater and Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman for a free virtual workshop to learn about soil health practices for the fall and winter seasons on produce farms and market gardens.

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