Weekly Harvest Newsletter
Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - November 13, 2019
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
- Public Input Sought on Conservation Stewardship Program Rule
- EPA Seeks Nominations for Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee
- Long-Term Study Shows Benefits of Poultry Manure as Fertilizer
- UN Development Program Announces Global Innovation Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture
- Debate on Soil Carbon Climate-Mitigation Potential Overlooks Additional Benefits
- Midwest Cover Crops Council Offers Recipes for Growing Cover Crops
- IPM Enhancement Grants
- North Dakota Community Orchard Project
- New York Grant Program for School-Based Agricultural Education Programs
- Northeast Specialty Crop Water Symposium
- Soil Revolution
- Taking A Closer Look at Value-Added Dairy Opportunities Workshop
News & Resources
Public Input Sought on Conservation Stewardship Program Rule
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking public comments on its interim final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through January 13, 2020. Changes to the program include increasing payment rates for adoption of cover crop rotations, introducing a supplemental payment for advanced grazing management, creating one-time payment for developing a comprehensive conservation plan, and providing specific support for organic and transitioning production activities.
Related ATTRA Publication: Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching
EPA Seeks Nominations for Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominees to serve on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. The committee provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to EPA's Administrator on environmental issues and policies of importance to agriculture and rural communities. Members may represent allied industries and stakeholders. EPA is seeking 20 to 30 members for two- to three-year terms. Nominations must be received by December 31, 2019.
Long-Term Study Shows Benefits of Poultry Manure as Fertilizer
A study by Iowa State University researchers showed that fertilizing crops with poultry manure can benefit soil health and farm profits when compared to a commercial fertilizer. After 20 years, the study found that particulate organic matter and several other measures of soil quality were significantly better in the manured plots. Corn yields increased, and nitrate-nitrogen losses from the cropland fertilized with manure were 7% to 16% lower.
Related ATTRA Publication: Manures for Organic Crop Production
UN Development Program Announces Global Innovation Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced Cultiv@te, a global technology and innovation initiative for sustainable agriculture. Cultiv@te—an innovation initiative of UNDP supported by the Singapore Government—will curate multi-stakeholder coalitions to tackle key challenges faced by developing countries across the globe and explore opportunities in urban agriculture, climate resilience, and livestock farming. Applications are now open via www.cultivate.technology.
Debate on Soil Carbon Climate-Mitigation Potential Overlooks Additional Benefits
A group of scientists published an opinion in Nature Sustainability, saying that debate over quantifying the potential for soil carbon to mitigate climate change is obscuring additional reasons to implement policies that build soil carbon. Soil scientist Stephen Wood said, "We need to make sure that the debate about how to mitigate climate change doesn't undermine efforts to build soil health for the many other things we care about, like agricultural productivity and water quality."
Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration
Midwest Cover Crops Council Offers Recipes for Growing Cover Crops
The Midwest Cover Crops Council has developed a series of free PDF "recipes" for growing cover crops, available on its website. The site has recipes for Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota that explain how and why to add cover crops into a corn-soybean rotation. The cover crop recipe guides tell how to plan for cover crops, choose corn and soybean hybrids, and purchase seed.
Related ATTRA Publication: Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas
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IPM Enhancement Grants
The Southern Integrated Pest Management Center is accepting applications for the 2020 IPM Enhancement Grants. All projects must contribute to fostering the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management. Approximately $220,000 is available. Eligible applicants include private individuals and institutions, faculty and qualified staff of four-year universities, businesses, commodity organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. The primary Project Director must be from within the Southern Region.
Proposals are due by December 2, 2019.
North Dakota Community Orchard Project
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is making grant funds available to begin a community or school orchard/garden project. Grants from $500 to $7,500 will be available on a competitive basis, through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant award.
Applications must be received by December 6, 2019.
New York Grant Program for School-Based Agricultural Education Programs
Cornell University's Agriculture Education and Outreach program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Agricultural Education Incentive Grant for New and Growing Programs. This program will provide local school-based agricultural education programs with grant awards to secure necessary resources. These resources may include curriculum development, professional development, program development, resource acquisitions, and program coordination.
New programs have until December 20, 2019, to apply.
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Northeast Specialty Crop Water Symposium
December 18-19, 2019
This symposium has three overarching goals: increase shared understanding and knowledge about how climate change will affect irrigated/rain-fed specialty crops in the Northeast, and how efficiency can be improved; create opportunities to learn from one another; and create opportunities to learn from practitioners from other parts of the United States.
December 19, 2019
The fourth annual Soil Revolution Conference invites farmers of all scales and production systems. It includes speakers, demonstrations, and panels on soil health, restoration, and resilience.
Taking A Closer Look at Value-Added Dairy Opportunities Workshop
December 19, 2019
This free, day-long workshop is offered by the Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee for dairy cow, goat, and sheep producers who want to add value through processing and manufacturing. Topics include costs, marketing, lessons learned, regulations, and grant opportunities.
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