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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - October 31, 2018

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

  • EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to NCAT's Arkansas Training Farm
  • New Rural Resource Guide Helps Build Community Resiliency
  • Not Enough Fruits and Vegetables Grown for Healthy Diet for Everyone, Study Finds
  • Farm to School Achievements Highlighted in Report
  • USDA Awards Risk Management Education Funding
  • Vegetable Yield Data Available to Farmers Online

Funding Opportunities

  • Farm to School Grants
  • Cultivating Change
  • Minnesota AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program

Coming Events

  • Texas Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Conference
  • Growing for the Future
  • Battleground to Breaking Ground Agriculture Business Workshop

News & Resources

EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to NCAT's Arkansas Training Farm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the National Center for Appropriate Technology's “incubator” farm training facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for funding under the 2018 Environmental Education Grants Program. A grant of $100,000 will go toward the Woolsey Incubator Farm to train beginning farmers on sustainable agriculture production and farm management.

New Rural Resource Guide Helps Build Community Resiliency
USDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy have released a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.

Not Enough Fruits and Vegetables Grown for Healthy Diet for Everyone, Study Finds
A new University of Guelph study found that there are not enough fruits and vegetables grown in the world for everyone to adopt nutritionists' consumption recommendations. The researchers found that we now produce 12 servings of grains per person instead of the recommended eight; five servings of fruits and vegetables instead of 15; three servings of oil and fat instead of one; three servings of protein instead of five; and four servings of sugar instead of none. Shifting production to match nutritional dietary guidelines would require 50 million fewer hectares of arable land.

Farm to School Achievements Highlighted in Report
USDA's Office of Community Food Systems has released Cultivating Opportunity: An Overview of USDA's Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Farm to School Grantees' Growing Achievements. The 64-page PDF report highlights trends, spotlights how grantees implemented best practices, and identifies key partner roles. In addition, the report reveals benefits from farm to school participation, such as increased school meal participation, increased support from producers, and educational concepts aligning with standards.
Related ATTRA Publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It Work

USDA Awards Risk Management Education Funding
USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced $8.89 million in risk management education and training funding for partner organizations. Recipients will be educating farmers, ranchers, and producers with real-time crop insurance information and risk management tools. A complete list of funded projects is available from the RMA Education and Training webpage.

Vegetable Yield Data Available to Farmers Online
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) has developed a new Farmer-to-Farmer Vegetable Yield and Production Data webpage. The page lets users anonymously (or openly) share yield and production data; view the entire data set or search for and filter by specific crops, varieties, harvest dates, production zones, states and infrastructure used; and download data. It offers a way for PFI to share its collection of vegetable yield data, gathered through the organization's Cooperators' Program.

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Funding Opportunities

Farm to School Grants
USDA Food and Nutrition Service is accepting applications for Farm to School Grants from eligible schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of producers, and nonprofit entities. USDA anticipates awarding approximately $7.5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Planning and training grant awards range from $20,000 to $50,000, and implementation grants range from $50,000 to $100,000. Grants require a 25% match.
Applications are due by December 4, 2018.

Cultivating Change
Cultivating Change is a grant program that gives local farms funds to upgrade operations, invest in food safety, implement sustainable technology, and continue doing what they do best: grow. The program is funded by Greener Fields Together's network of fresh produce distributors. Greener Fields Together local farm partners are automatically eligible to participate in both the popular vote contest and panel review process. Local farms that are not part of Greener Fields Together are able to apply and win via the popular-vote contest. The popular-vote contest makes $25,000 available, with $10,000 going to the first-place vote-getter and smaller amounts awarded down to sixth place.
Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

Minnesota AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced $250,000 available in grant funding for urban youth agricultural education or urban agriculture community development. The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Urban Agriculture Grant program is open to for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, Native American tribal communities, and local government entities. Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000 per project.
Applications are due December 5, 2018.

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Coming Events

Texas Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Conference
December 6-7, 2018
McAllen, Texas

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service present the second Texas Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Conference on sustainable agriculture. The event will include speakers on business planning, soil health, marketing, and access to resources for profitable production.

Growing for the Future
December 3-6, 2018
Online

National Farmers Union presents a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and more.

Battleground to Breaking Ground Agriculture Business Workshop
December 1, 2018
Georgetown, Texas

This free, day-long workshop is for veterans, individuals with disabilities, beginning farmers and ranchers, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business.

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