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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - October 12, 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.

Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Publications on CD

Across the country, people are discovering the possibilities of producing food locally, in towns and suburbs, on empty city lots, and even city rooftops. If you want to learn more about joining the trend, a new series of publications is available to help. Eight of NCAT's latest Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training publications are available in a CD compilation to get you started.

News & Resources

  • USDA Awards Specialty Crop Grants
  • EPA Offers Resources on Urban Agriculture
  • Glynwood Announces 2011 Harvest Award Winners
  • Oakland Urban Livestock Report Issued
  • Sheep Grazing Role in Grain and Alfalfa Crop Systems in New Fact Sheet
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Offering Public Policy Internships for 2012

Funding Opportunities

  • EPA STAR Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study
  • Connecticut Farm Transition Grant Program
  • Arizona NRCS Conservation Programs

Coming Events

  • Sustainable Agriculture Conference
  • Tilth Producers Annual Conference
  • Northeastern Silvopasture Conference

News & Resources

USDA Awards Specialty Crop Grants
USDA has announced that it will be investing in 55 specialty crop block grants that will fund 740 initiatives across the United States and its territories. Visit www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp to read fiscal year 2011 project summaries.

EPA Offers Resources on Urban Agriculture
The EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization is making available new resources on urban agriculture. Brownfields and Urban Agriculture: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices is a 24-page publication on the range of issues which need to be addressed in order to grow food safely on former brownfield sites. In addition, EPA has made available an Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook, a planning toolkit that provides a framework for any organization or community interested in developing an urban farm on cleaned brownfields or vacant sites.
Related ATTRA Publication: Start a Farm in the City

Glynwood Announces 2011 Harvest Award Winners
Glynwood's Harvest Awards honor farmers, organizations, and businesses across the United States for innovation and leadership in sustainable agriculture and regional food systems. Glynwood invites the public to meet the 2011 Harvest Award winners, Sean Stanton, Farm 255, Buffalo Hump Sanctuary and AmpleHarvest.org, in Manhattan on October 24.

Oakland Urban Livestock Report Issued
The Oakland Urban Livestock Report has been circulated among Oakland city councilmembers as they consider urban farming regulation revisions, and is available to the public online. The report was compiled from a survey to gather more information on urban livestock practices, answered by 36 people in Oakland. Survey designers also received 134 responses nationally from 48 different cities.
Related ATTRA Publication: Small-Scale Livestock Production

Sheep Grazing Role in Grain and Alfalfa Crop Systems in New Fact Sheet
SARE has released a new fact sheet, Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects and Weeds in Northern Plains Grain and Alfalfa Systems, that provides strategies for farmers and educators interested in using sheep for pest control. The 8-page fact sheet is available free online.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Offering Public Policy Internships for 2012
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has openings for its policy internship program, which helps prospective leaders gain a foothold in the movement's varied advocacy positions. Two five-month policy internships are offered, with applications due by November 4, 2011.

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Funding Opportunities

EPA STAR Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships by July 31, 2012.
Application deadline is November 8, 2011.

Connecticut Farm Transition Grant Program
The Farm Transition Grant Program is a competitive matching grant program with awards up to $49,999. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives.
Proposals must be postmarked by November 11, 2011.

Arizona NRCS Conservation Programs
The NRCS Arizona office announces that the Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), including the organic, air quality, on-farm energy, conservation activity plans, and high tunnel programs.
Application deadline is November 1, 2011.

>> More Funding Opportunities

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Coming Events

Sustainable Agriculture Conference
November 11-13, 2011
Durham, North Carolina

"Local & Organic: Together We're Growing!" includes an extensive list of workshops, speakers, local food, exhibitors, and keynote Joan Dye Gussow. Tracks include beginning farmers, horticulture, livestock, farm business, high tunnels, food policy and permaculture.

Tilth Producers Annual Conference
November 11-13, 2011
Yakima, Washington
This year's conference is bigger than ever with four Friday symposia and 30 workshops over the course of the weekend. Friday features a full-day WSU Symposium on Organic Dryland Agriculture, a Microdairy Class and Field Trip to Tieton, plus morning Research and afternoon Policy Symposia.

Northeastern Silvopasture Conference
November 7-8, 2011
Watkins Glen, New York
Learn how Silvopasturing (sustainable woodland grazing) can improve the overall health, performance and viability of livestock and forestry operations in the Northeast.

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