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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - November 28, 2012

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Agricultural Economist Jeff Schahczenski will present "Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified, and Organic Farms," the last in a series of webinars on AGR-Lite and other whole-farm insurance options, on November 29 at 1 p.m. EST.
If you haven't signed up, it's not too late. And if you have, be sure it's on your calendar!
The link to register is: https://attra.ncat.org/whole_farm

News & Resources

  • Bulletin Provides Guidance for Collaborative Marketing for Small Farms
  • Marketing Webinar Series Offered for Northeast Farmers
  • USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture Submits Final Report on Enhancing Coexistence
  • Cooperative Launching Georgia Olive Oil Industry
  • Court Date Set for Appeal in Organic Seed Growers Lawsuit Against Monsanto
  • 'Seeds of Success' Individual Development Account Program Starting in Washington

Funding Opportunities

  • Herb Society of America Grant for Educators
  • Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families Grant Program
  • Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships

Coming Events

  • Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference
  • Michigan Family Farms Conference
  • GrassWorks Grazing Conference

News & Resources

Bulletin Provides Guidance for Collaborative Marketing for Small Farms
Collaborative Marketing for Small Farms provides guidelines for farm owners who are looking to work jointly with other farms to access new markets of restaurants, institutions, and schools. This new 12-page PDF bulletin from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County explains the business structure options and success factors of joint ventures, partnerships, and corporations. The bulletin helps small farm owners become more familiar with the ways a collaborative marketing opportunity can positively or negatively affect a farm's bottom line.
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling to Aggregators/Grower Marketing Co-ops

Marketing Webinar Series Offered for Northeast Farmers
The Farmers Market Federation of New York and the New York Farm Viability Institute have partnered with Northeast SARE to present a series of webinars on marketing, "Marketing for Profits: Tools for Success." The webinars are free, are approximately an hour and a half long, and are easy to access, with each offered twice. Over three years, the series will include coverage of five categories of marketing concepts. Six webinars this winter will focus on Market Assessment and Customer Assessment.

USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture Submits Final Report on Enhancing Coexistence
The Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) was charged by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack with developing practical recommendations for strengthening coexistence among different agricultural production methods. AC21 submitted a final report on November 19 that is available online as a PDF. AC21 made recommendations regarding compensation mechanisms, stewardship and outreach, research, and seed quality. The report contains extensive comments from individual members of the committee regarding the consensus.

Cooperative Launching Georgia Olive Oil Industry
An article in The Olive Oil Times reports on the fledgling olive oil industry in Georgia. In 2009, a Georgia farm family and friend formed the cooperative Georgia Olive Farms. Their first harvest took place in late 2011. The cooperative owners are offering their assistance to other farmers. They will arrange for the purchase of trees and help with initial olive farm management, and they are establishing a processing center that will help other growers get started. Although they warn that getting into the industry is still risky, Georgia Olive Farms anticipates 2,000 Georgia acres planted in olives by 2018.

Court Date Set for Appeal in Organic Seed Growers Lawsuit Against Monsanto
Oral arguments in the case brought by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association against Monsanto will be heard January 10, 2013, at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., reports Bangor Daily News. The organic seed growers association, along with 82 plaintiffs, sued Monsanto in federal district court in New York. The New York judge dismissed the suit before it went to trial. Plaintiffs appealed, and now three appellate court judges will hear the case. At least two of them will have to vote to send the case back to district court in order for the case to continue.

'Seeds of Success' Individual Development Account Program Starting in Washington
In an effort to help young and beginning farmers and ranchers in Washington grow their businesses, Slow Money Northwest has teamed up with Cascade Harvest Coalition to create "Seeds of Success," the state's first rural agricultural Individual Development Account program. This program will help participants purchase farm equipment, livestock, and farmland, and connect them to technical assistance, mentorships, and a supportive peer community. Participating farmers and ranchers can receive up to $2,500 per year in savings-match funds, up to a total of $5,000. Applications are due by December 31, 2012.

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Funding Opportunities

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators
The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups, or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant rewards innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum.
Applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by December 31, 2012.

Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families Grant Program
Kentucky State University's College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems has grants available for small-scale farmers in Kentucky who are motivated to improve their farming operations or improve the marketability of their products. Aquatic farmers and certified organic farmers can use the funds for equipment and operating expenses to produce and market their products. Small-scale farmers looking to improve the marketability of their agricultural products by some value-added process may also qualify for funds. Grants are up to $5,000 per year for individuals and $15,000 for organizations.
Grants are reviewed on a periodic basis, with upcoming application deadlines of December 1, 2012; and February 1, April 1, and June 1, 2013.

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships
The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students (kindergarten through graduate school) who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.
Applications are due by December 5, 2012.

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Coming Events

Farming for Profit and Stewardship Conference
January 18-19, 2013
Lansdowne, Virginia

This 14th annual conference includes pre-conference workshops, keynote speaker David Kline, and breakout sessions in the following tracks: beginning farmers, scaling up, grass-based systems, local food communities, fruit and vegetable production, and the business of farming.

Michigan Family Farms Conference
January 19, 2013
Battle Creek, Michigan

This year's theme is "Family Farming—It's in our Roots." Connect with other growers and great resources, network, and learn about food safety, hoophouses, vermiculture, estate and succession planning, cooperatives, growing mushrooms, careers in agricultural and natural resources, crop insurance, free-range poultry, and more.

GrassWorks Grazing Conference
January 17-19, 2013
Wausau, Wisconsin

This conference will assist beginning graziers in setting up an operation and also support the advanced producer who may be ready to do on-farm demonstration plots or learn about the latest research. Local and nationally known speakers will give presentations on soils, farm financials, marketing, new grazing/ fencing practices, and the use of cutting-edge technology to help producers farm more efficiently.

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