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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - September 25, 2013

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

News & Resources

  • USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grants
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance Publishes Legal Guide for Farmers
  • USDA Seeks Public Input on Coexisting with Agriculture
  • Guide Helps Instructors Use Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies
  • Information Resources Offered for Food Safety on Flooded Farms
  • Rotations, Cover Crops Improve Potato Production Sustainability

Funding Opportunities

  • Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants
  • Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program
  • Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program

Coming Events

  • Food Day
  • NCSU's 14th Vermiculture Conference
  • Beef Butchery for Farmers and Chefs

News & Resources

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grants
USDA will invest $52 million in grants to support America's specialty-crop producers through the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards. The funding includes block grants to U.S. states and territories for 694 initiatives. More than $14.3 million will support local and regional food systems, while more than $8.5 million will support sustainable agricultural practices.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance Publishes Legal Guide for Farmers
Illinois Stewardship Alliance has released a legal guide for farmers wanting to sell directly to consumers, restaurants, and others. Guide to Illinois Laws Governing Direct Farm Marketing is a handy Illinois-specific reference on topics like taxing, zoning, liability insurance, cottage food laws, and regulations that pertain to specific foods.

USDA Seeks Public Input on Agricultural Coexistence
USAgNet.com reports that USDA will soon publish a notice in the Federal Register asking the public to comment on how agricultural coexistence in the United States can be strengthened. USDA seeks public comment to identify ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in all sectors of agriculture production.

Guide Helps Instructors Use Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) at the University of Wisconsin has released Using Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies in University Classes. The instructor guide provides resources for using CIAS's series of Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies in three types of university courses: agricultural and food marketing, cooperatives, and food systems.

Information Resources Offered for Food Safety on Flooded Farms
Recent flooding in Colorado has renewed interest in how producers should handle crops from ground that has been flooded. Several print and online resources are available. Food Safety for Flooded Farms is a two-page fact sheet compiled by the Produce Safety Alliance. Produce Safety and Flooded Fields was released by The Ohio State University Extension in 2012. A fact sheet from University of Vermont Extension is titled Managing Flood Damaged Crops and Forage from Tropical Storm Irene.

Rotations, Cover Crops Improve Potato Production Sustainability
USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists have been investigating approaches to crop management aimed at increasing yields and improving production sustainability for Maine potato farmers. Three-year crop rotations helped break the host-pathogen cycle. Researchers also concluded that a combination of Brassica and sudangrass green manures, fall cover crops, and crop rotations can reduce soilborne diseases by up to 58%. Adding compost increases tuber yields.
Related ATTRA Publication: Potatoes: Organic Production and Marketing

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Funding Opportunities

Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has issued a call for proposals for Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grants for 2014. A producer, working with a technical advisor, develops a proposal to conduct both research and education on a sustainable-agriculture topic. Up to $15,000 per proposal is allowed for a single producer and up to $25,000 is allowed for three or more producers.
Proposals are due by December 4, 2013.

Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program
Each year, Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award grants from $500 to $8,000 to help organizations promote awareness of agriculture in the New England states, New York, and New Jersey. Proposals are considered three times per year.
The next application deadline is December 1, 2013.

Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program
Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities by supporting highly visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. One funding priority is enhancing stewardship on private agricultural lands.
Proposals must be submitted by December 16, 2013.

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Coming Events

Food Day
October 24, 2013
National

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. The Food Day website offers information on organizing and hosting an event and features an interactive map of scheduled events.

NCSU's 14th Vermiculture Conference
October 26-27, 2013
Raleigh, North Carolina

This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation.

Beef Butchery for Farmers and Chefs
October 28, 2013
Bradenville, Pennsylvania

This workshop from PASA's Farm-Based Education programming, held at John and Sukey Jamison's USDA-certified processing plant, teaches the intricacies of beef butchery. Learn about what it takes to get the animal from the farm to the dinner plate.

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