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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - November 25, 2020

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.

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The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking two Sustainable Agriculture Specialists—an Agronomist and a Regenerative Livestock Specialist—to promote sustainable agricultural practices and work with farmers, ranchers, small producers and limited resource farmers. Both positions can be full-time or part-time and location is flexible within the continental United States. Learn more.

News & Resources

  • NCAT Project Promotes Solar Power Compatible with Agricultural Land Uses
  • Assistance with CFAP 2 Applications Offered as Deadline Approaches
  • Social Media and Print Templates for CSAs Available Online
  • Farmers' Guide to Conservation Stewardship Program Updated
  • On-farm Trials Test Strawberry Planting Dates
  • Washington Food & Farm Finder Links Consumers with Local Food

Funding Opportunities

  • Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
  • Maryland Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program
  • Kansas Specialty Crop Grower Conference Reimbursement

Coming Events

  • Perennial Farm Gathering
  • Great Lakes EXPO
  • Creating Virtual Farm and Food Experiences

News & Resources

NCAT Project Promotes Solar Power Compatible with Agricultural Land Uses
NCAT will launch an online information clearinghouse in 2021 to promote solar-energy development on agricultural lands while protecting—and even improving—those lands' agricultural capacity. NCAT was selected for a $1.6 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the Agri-Solar Clearinghouse (ASC), a national information hub and professional network. ASC will showcase and develop practical, affordable solar-energy solutions through research, success stories, case studies, and multi-media outreach.
Related ATTRA Publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm

Assistance with CFAP 2 Applications Offered as Deadline Approaches
USDA is accepting applications from farmers for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) until December 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Up to $14 billion is available. Applicants seeking one-on-one support can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee for assistance. NCAT agriculture specialists are also available to help you with your application, at 800-346-9140 or askanag@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Video: CFAP 2—It's Better!

Social Media and Print Templates for CSAs Available Online
The CSA Innovation Network has assembled a renewals promotional package of social media and print templates for use by Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations. The package is available for free download. It includes shareable and customizable Facebook and Instagram posts, printable flyers, and other graphics that farmers can edit and make their own when encouraging members to renew their support.
Related ATTRA Publication: Community Supported Agriculture

Farmers' Guide to Conservation Stewardship Program Updated
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition announced that it has updated its publication Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). This guide is a resource for farmers who want to learn more about CSP or who are thinking about enrolling in the program. The guide helps walk farmers through the application and implementation processes for CSP. It is available free online.

On-farm Trials Test Strawberry Planting Dates
Northeast SARE reports on Farmer Grant recipients who tested alternative planting dates for strawberries in West Virginia. Kent and Jennifer Gilkerson tried different planting dates for strawberries in plasticulture. Plantings on September 5 and September 20 had favorable branch crown development and fruit production. As a result of the project, the Gilkersons have changed their planting dates from August to the first week of September.

Washington Food & Farm Finder Links Consumers with Local Food
The Eat Local First Collaborative has launched a new Washington Food & Farm Finder. This comprehensive and mobile-friendly searchable database connects residents with more than 1,700 sustainable and organic farms, farmers markets, and food businesses around the state.

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Funding Opportunities

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative for Fiscal Year 2021. This program offers approximately $25 million to support projects that solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, private organizations and corporations, and individuals.
The application deadline is January 14, 2021.

Maryland Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program
Maryland Energy Administration is accepting applications for the Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program to support improving the energy efficiency and reducing the energy costs of enterprises in the state. A total of $550,000 is available in this funding period. The program offers funding for up to 50% of eligible energy-efficiency measures, with a maximum of $200,000.
Applications are due by January 12, 2021.

Kansas Specialty Crop Grower Conference Reimbursement
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) has funds available for reimbursement to Kansas specialty crop growers who attend an educational conference with a primary focus on specialty crops. KDA will reimburse up to $850 for conference registration, mileage/flights, hotel, meals, etc. The award is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The deadline for application is December 18, 2020.

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Coming Events

Perennial Farm Gathering
December 6-9, 2020
Online
The Savanna Institute and the Association for Temperate Agroforestry are co-hosting the 8th annual Perennial Farm Gathering, which will be virtual this year. It will feature five-minute show-and-tell nutshell talks, interactive networking opportunities, and presentations on financing agroforestry, environmental and social justice, specific agroforestry crops, and more.

Great Lakes EXPO
December 8-10, 2020
Online

The annual Great Lakes EXPO includes 84 educational sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets, and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions on food safety and labor.

Creating Virtual Farm and Food Experiences
December 9, 2020
Online

This free event is part of a series of virtual agritourism gatherings presented by the International Workshop on Agritourism. Presenters will share their challenges, successes, and lessons learned as they have transitioned to virtual events during the pandemic.

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