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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - November 30, 2011

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

Financing Clean Energy Webinar Now Online
If you own a farm, ranch or rural business in Montana, Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Financing for Clean Energy in Rural Montana is for you. By the end of this 90-minute webinar, you will have the necessary information about REAP and other sources to apply for clean energy financing now available in Montana.

News & Resources

  • International Commission Briefs Policy Makers on Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Vegetable Grafting Website Offers Resources
  • Report Details Growth of Sustainable Hospital Food Service Programs
  • Mid-Atlantic Insect Guide Updated
  • Pigford II Settlement Claims Filing Period Open
  • Cover Crops Case Study Online

Funding Opportunities

  • Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
  • Urban Waters Small Grants
  • OCIA Research & Education Scholarships

Coming Events

  • Organic Seed Growers Conference
  • Carbon Farming Course
  • Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

News & Resources

International Commission Briefs Policy Makers on Climate Change and Agriculture
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change, which serves as a summary for policy makers. The report offers seven recommendations that include significantly raising the level of global investment in sustainable agriculture and food systems in the next decade; sustainably intensifying agricultural production on the existing land base while reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and reducing losses and waste in the food system.

Vegetable Grafting Website Offers Resources
Fact sheets and narrated presentations on vegetable grafting are now available from a Washington State University website that reports on WSU's experiences grafting watermelon, tomatoes, and eggplant since 2009.

Report Details Growth of Sustainable Hospital Food Service Programs
The 2011 Menu of Change report, published by the Health Care Without Harm Healthy Food in Health Care program, found that many facilities are choosing to purchase and serve more locally sourced and sustainably produced food and beverages. In addition, 81.8 percent of survey respondents host a farmers market, farm stand, or community-supported agriculture on-site, and 60 percent purchased directly from a farm, ranch, or farm cooperative.

Mid-Atlantic Insect Guide Updated
The Virginia IPM Program is printing an updated edition of the Mid-Atlantic Guide to the Insect Pests and Beneficials of Corn, Soybean, and Small Grain. Up to 4 copies can be provided at no charge.
Related ATTRA Publication: Organic IPM Field Guide

Pigford II Settlement Claims Filing Period Open
USDA has announced that the period to file a claim in the Pigford II settlement has opened. The settlement applies only to African-American farmers who meet specific eligibility requirements, including the requirement that they previously submitted a request to file a late claim in the 1999 Pigford I class action Consent Decree. The filing period opened November 14, 2011, and continues until May 11, 2012.

Cover Crops Case Study Online
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and UW Extension have published a cover crops case study that details the experience of a Wisconsin vegetable grower who has been growing cover crops for more than 10 years. The publication describes JenEhr Family Farm's philosophy of cover crop use and offers perspectives on what cover crop strategies have and have not worked, benefits received from growing cover crops, and how the crops are managed.
Related ATTRA Publication: Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures

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Funding Opportunities

Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
The North Central Risk Management Education Center and other regional centers are seeking proposals for educational projects designed to help agricultural producers succeed through targeted risk-management strategies. Public and private organizations and institutions with a demonstrated capacity to develop and manage educational projects that create results for agricultural producers are eligible to apply.
Pre-proposals are due by December 8 , 2011.

Urban Waters Small Grants
EPA expects to award approximately $3.8 million in grants for projects across the country that will contribute to improved water quality and community revitalization. The goal of these grants is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters.
Proposals are due by January 23, 2012.

OCIA Research & Education Scholarships
To encourage study and research in the area of organic agriculture, the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Research & Education Board awards one $1,000 scholarship to any graduate student at any post-secondary institution studying organic and sustainable agriculture.
Applications are due by January 15, 2012.

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Coming Events

Organic Seed Growers Conference
January 19-21, 2012
Port Townsend, Washington

This conference brings together hundreds of farmers, seed production and distribution companies, researchers, plant breeders, pathologists, and university extension in two days of informative sessions, panel discussions, and networking events.

Carbon Farming Course
January 17 - February 5, 2012
Chestnut Ridge, New York

Top farmers and researchers from around the world are gathering to train landowners, farmers, policy makers, and investors in the best practices of carbon farming. Each workshop focuses on an essential component of profitable regenerative agriculture, including holistic management, keyline farming, perennial agriculture, and living soils.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference
January 12-14, 2012
Ames, Iowa

"Made from Scratch" is the conference theme, and the event features multiple sessions on field crops, fruit and vegetable production, grazing, profitable enterprises, on-farm energy, cooking, local foods, and more.

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