Home | Newsletter Archives

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

Weekly Harvest Newsletter
Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - October 15, 2014

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 Organic Program to Host Listening Session on NOSB
  • UT-Pan American Dedicates Organic Research Garden
  • National Organic Program Announces Results of ANSI Peer Review
  • Environmental Defense Fund Launches Initiative to Reduce Fertilizer Pollution
  • Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Conducting Survey on Meat Processing Toolkit Needs
  • Fact Sheet Focuses on Opportunities for Increasing Local Meat in Schools

Funding Opportunities

  • Weed Science Society of America Undergraduate Student Research Grant
  • Indiana Livestock Promotion and Market Development Grants
  • Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program

Coming Events

  • Sustainable Ag Expo
  • The Livestock Conservancy National Conference
  • Women, Food & Agriculture Network Annual Conference

News & Resources

National Organic Program to Host Listening Session on NOSB
On October 16, 2014, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, USDA National Organic Program (NOP) will host a listening session focusing on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOP is seeking comments on NOSB administrative procedures including public participation opportunities, the petition process, and sunset review process. The NOP will open with a short presentation; afterwards participants will be able to provide three minutes of comments each to the NOP. To participate by phone, dial 800-732-8470. To join the meeting online, click https://cc.readytalk.com/r/96hgz8flc9ay&eom.

UT-Pan American Dedicates Organic Research Garden
The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) has dedicated a new certified organic Agroecology Garden. Together with an adjacent greenhouse and community garden, the Agroecology Garden comprises a 12,000-square-foot complex devoted to research, teaching, and community engagement. The National Center for Appropriate Technology's Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Robert Maggiani played an instrumental role in getting the UTPA garden complex organically certified.

National Organic Program Announces Results of ANSI Peer Review
In 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) contracted with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to conduct a peer review of NOP's accreditation program. ANSI reviewed all phases of NOP accreditation, NOP's ongoing surveillance and renewal activities, and management system. The peer review identified 14 opportunities for improvement. NOP has announced the actions it will take to address these situations. ANSI's Peer Review report is available online as an executive summary or in full.

Environmental Defense Fund Launches Initiative to Reduce Fertilizer Pollution
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has launched a new, collaborative initiative to eliminate fertilizer pollution as a major environmental concern in the United States. The effort will engage farmers and businesses throughout the supply chain to transform the way fertilizer-dependent grain crops are grown and sourced. The near-term goal is to maximize fertilizer efficiency on half of U.S. corn crops by 2020 (approximately 45 million acres).

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network Conducting Survey on Meat Processing Toolkit Needs
The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) is developing a "Meat Processing 101" toolkit to provide information about small-scale meat processing and local meat value chains to people and organizations that work with farmers and ranchers. NMPAN is asking stakeholders to fill out an eight-question online survey to help ensure that the toolkit meets their needs.

Fact Sheet Focuses on Opportunities for Increasing Local Meat in Schools
The USDA Farm to School Program has issued a new, two-page fact sheet, Local Meat in Schools: Increasing Opportunities for Small and Mid-Sized Livestock Ranchers and Fishermen. The fact sheet presents examples, tips, and information for putting local meat on school menus.

>> More Breaking News

Back to top


Funding Opportunities

Weed Science Society of America Undergraduate Student Research Grant
The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) has developed an Undergraduate Student Research Grant program designed to encourage and involve exceptional undergraduates in agricultural research. The program offers awards of up to $2,000 for support of research to be conducted during 2015.
The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

Indiana Livestock Promotion and Market Development Grants
Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for matching grants to foster growth within the Hoosier livestock industry. The livestock promotion grant will help fund youth programs and events, shows, sales, exhibitions, educational programs, conventions, and similar events or projects. The market development grant provides funding for value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development, and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing, and distribution.
Applications are due by December 1, 2014.

Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the second round of grants under the Ecosystem Restoration Program. These grants restore and protect rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands from unregulated nonpoint source runoff and erosion containing nutrient and sediment pollution. Typical project budgets range from $10,000 to $75,000. Municipalities, state agencies, regional organizations, nonprofit organizations, and citizen groups are eligible.
Proposals are due November 10, 2014.

>> More Funding Opportunities

Back to top


Coming Events

Sustainable Ag Expo
November 17-18, 2014
San Luis Obispo, California
The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo provides an opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. There are sessions on soil and plant nutrition, measuring soil health, sprayer technologies for vineyards and orchards, root-soil dynamics, irrigating in the drought, and updates on pesticide laws and regulations.

The Livestock Conservancy National Conference
November 14-15, 2014
Austin, Texas

Join America's leading organization working to protect nearly 200 livestock and poultry breeds from extinction and enjoy programs on conservation, animal husbandry, food, marketing, and more.

Women, Food & Agriculture Network Annual Conference
November 14-15, 2014
Fairfield, Iowa

The 2014 annual conference, "Women Doing Democracy: Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community," includes field tours, intensive workshops, keynote speaker Karen Washington, and concurrent breakout sessions.

>> More Events

Back to top


Subscribe to the Weekly Harvest

Comments? Questions? Contact us

Weekly Harvest Archives
Digital versions of recent and archived Weekly Harvest newsletters are available online.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) logo and link to home page ATTRA was developed and is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The program is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service.

Visit the NCAT website for more information on our other sustainable agriculture and energy projects.

© 2014 NCAT

Back to top

New ATTRA Publication
Poultry Basics Tipsheet

Question of the Week
What are appropriate growing media for mushroom production?

Ask a Sustainable Agriculture Expert
Submit questions to our professional staff online

ATTRA Video
Cover Crop Uses for Small-Scale Producers (21 minutes)

ATTRA Spanish Newsletter
Subscribe to Cosecha Mensual (Monthly Harvest), ATTRA's Spanish-language e-newsletter

ATTRA is on Facebook!
We feature breaking news on sustainable agriculture topics several times a week. Add us to your Facebook friends list today!

Find us on facebook

 

Follow us on Pinterest

 

 

 

Support the ATTRA Project



Home | Newsletter Archives