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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - June 22, 2016

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

  • Forage Radish Most Beneficial Cover Crop in New Hampshire Study
  • Study Finds Ancient Soil Amendments Built Fertile Soils
  • Ohio Agritourism Law Offers Operator Protections
  • Sustainable Agriculture Standard Established by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Farm Aid Announces 2016 Venue
  • Armed to Farm Training Helps Veterans Launch Agriculture Enterprises

Funding Opportunities

  • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area
  • Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
  • Kansas Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices

Coming Events

  • Soil Health Conference: Living Roots 24/7/365
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education Association 7th National Conference
  • Agroforestry Academy

News & Resources

Forage Radish Most Beneficial Cover Crop in New Hampshire Study
A two-year study of cover crops at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station found that forage radish was the most beneficial for suppressing weeds and increasing production values. Researchers examined the performance of eight different cover crops intended to fill the late summer and fall fallow period.

Study Finds Ancient Soil Amendments Built Fertile Soils
A study led by the University of Sussex analyzed fertile, carbon-rich, black soils called 'African Dark Earths' and found them high in organic matter and capable of supporting intensive farming. Researchers believe these soils were built by a centuries-old West African practice of adding charcoal and kitchen waste to nutrient-poor tropical soils.
Related ATTRA Publication: Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture

Ohio Agritourism Law Offers Operator Protections
A new agritourism law goes into effect in Ohio August 16. The law protects operators from liability for injuries related to risks inherent in agritourism activities. The law also limits how zoning can affect agritourism and specifies that land where agritourism activities take place should be taxed under the state's Current Agricultural Use Valuation program.
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling with: Agritourism and "Pick-Your-Own"

Sustainable Agriculture Standard Established by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agricultural production. ANSI/ASABE S629, Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of Agricultural Production Systems, includes provisions for defining and benchmarking key performance indicators, setting goals, implementing strategies for continuous improvements, and reporting improvements.

Farm Aid Announces 2016 Venue
Each year, Farm Aid's concert brings together a wide variety of artists, farmers, and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on the land. This year's concert will be in Bristow, Virginia, on September 17. Farm Aid 2016 will feature Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, and many more artists. Farm Aid 2016 will also include family farm food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village, and featured family farmers.

Armed to Farm Training Helps Veterans Launch Agriculture Enterprises
The National Center for Appropriate Technology partnered with the University of Arkansas and other organizations to provide a sustainable agriculture training program for veterans, held June 6-10 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The program offered military veterans and spouses a mix of classroom and on-farm education on launching and running poultry, small livestock, and agroforestry enterprises. NCAT is planning additional Armed to Farm trainings in New York and Montana.

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Funding Opportunities

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area Program. Specific program areas are designed to reduce national dependence on foreign oil through the development and production of regionally appropriate sustainable bioenergy systems that materially deliver advanced liquid transportation biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. Approximately $21 million is available for fiscal year 2016.
A letter of intent to apply is due July 14, 2016.

Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3 million for the FY 2016 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant program. Proposals are sought from applicants who will provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers.
Application deadline is August 1, 2016, for electronic submissions; August 5, 2016, for submissions by mail.

Kansas Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A partnership agreement provides free technical assistance, in addition to $8.1 million in financial assistance, to landowners who implement conservation practices. Assistance is available for landowners in targeted watersheds.
Applications will be taken until funding is exhausted.

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Coming Events

Soil Health Conference: Living Roots 24/7/365
July 28-29, 2016
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

PASA's 2nd Annual Soil Health Summer Conference will explore techniques to grow soil health by increasing the periods of the year that farm fields are populated by living roots. This event will feature leading no-till farmer and cover crop innovator Steve Groff.

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association 7th National Conference
July 29-31, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

"The Ecology of Food Systems" invites participants from across the agriculture and food system who are engaged in adult education. The format will be participant-driven, featuring Open Space sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and diverse presentations.

Agroforestry Academy
July 25-29, 2016
Columbia, Missouri

This annual academy, developed by a regional consortium of experts, is designed to train natural resource professionals, extension agents, and other agricultural educators who work with landowners.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Want to learn about bees? Come to Bee College!

The UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab would like to invite YOU to South Florida and Caribbean Bee College!


When: August 12th and 13th

Where: Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie, FL

For: Beekeepers, new and experienced, growers, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning about bees and beekeeping!


To see the class schedule and register, visit:





Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory

Department of Entomology and Nematology

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611





Florida Land Steward Update 6/17/16


Florida Land Steward Update
June 17, 2016

Have Land?  Get a Plan and Stay Connected.  Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources.

News, information and upcoming events below.  
Please share this update with your neighbors, colleagues and others that may be interested.

- Link to the current quarterly Florida Land Steward Newsletter (Spring-Summer 2016 (Vol 5, No 2) and back issues -


News & Info Brief

Provided by the Florida Forest Service
As of June 15, 2016 we have 74 southern pine beetle infestations reported, covering more than 339 acres. We expect these numbers to increase substantially in the coming weeks. SPB activity has now been confirmed in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Madison, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union Counties. The infestations have occurred in stands with a variety of characteristics, but  the majority have included high-density loblolly pine (basal area averaging 135 square ft/acre).  

More information and map at:

Applications for the program will be accepted until July 29, 2016.
The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program is offered to eligible non-industrial private forest landowners by the Florida Forest Service through temporary grants from the USDA Forest Service.

Periodic southern pine beetle (SPB) outbreaks in Florida have resulted in millions of cubic feet of pine timber killed on thousands of acres. The goal of this program is to minimize SPB damage in Florida by helping forest landowners conduct management practices that can make their pine stands less susceptible to this destructive insect pest. Forest management practices such as thinning, prescribed burning, other competition control, and use of less-susceptible pine species can improve the health of pine stands and decrease their likelihood of developing SPB infestations.

For more information on the SPB Prevention program, see the SPB Prevention Program web page and contact your Florida Forest Service County Forester office.

Applications for the program will be accepted until July 29, 2016.
The Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program. Applications for the program will be accepted through July 29, 2016. Cogongrass is an invasive, non-native grass that occurs in Florida and several other southeastern states. Cogongrass infestations negatively affect tree regeneration, growth and survival, as well as wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, forage quality and property values. They also increase the risk of wildfires and alter fire behavior.

The Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program, which is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, is offered for non-industrial private lands in all Florida counties. It provides reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years. To obtain an application form or to learn more about program requirements, contact a local Florida Forest Service county forester or visit the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program webpage. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval.

Enjoy and share these videos about a variety of stewardship topics: the Forest Stewardship Program, forests and water, thinning your pine stand, invasive species, greenbelt property tax assessment. All these videos are on the Florida Forest Stewardship Program home page – check them out:

Do you have pests or a disease in your trees? Leaves or needles wilting, and you don't know why? Sawdust falling out of your trees, and you don't know how to save them? There is help: ask your question at the free Forest Health Diagnostic Forum:

Go to for information, assistance and partnership opportunities.

Check the vast array of extension publications available at the University of Florida IFAS on the EDIS publication site:  Wow, there's a publication about that?

Drop a line to Chris Demers,

More news and info at the Florida Land Steward Blog



EAST FLORIDA (Madison County, east and south)

June 22

First Coast Invasive Working Group Meeting, 11:00 am - 2:15 pm, GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Guest speaker will be Colette Jacano, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, presenting on how to identify the different Ludwigia species that are invading the St. Johns and Kissimmee River. If you are planning to attend, please email Kaitlyn Dietz at

July 12-13

2016 Everglades Invasive Species Summit (link), Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Ave, Davie, FL 33330. Provided by Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. See link above for details and registration.

July 15

Summer Cover Crop Field Day, 10 am - 1 pm ET. NRCS Brooksville Plant Material Center, 14119 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. 34601. Learn about cover crops in Florida and effects on soil health.  Provided by USDA NRCS. Contact Janet Grabowski at (352) 796-9600, ext. 101.

October 4-6

Private Lands Partners Day: The Northern Everglades - The Land, Water and People (link), Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center, Sebring, FL. Hosted by The Partners for Conservation, this event brings together landowners and partners from across the nation to interact with conservation agency leadership from across the country, share stories of partnership, and visit ranches that are models for successful public-private partnerships. See link above for more information.

WEST FLORIDA (Jefferson County and west)

June 30

Forestry Seminar (link), 9:45 am - 2 pm CT, UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 North 9th St, DeFuniak Springs. Come learn about using forest herbicides to manage your pines, latest on cogon grass control, predicting future growth of southern pines, cost-shares available from FSA, NRCS, and the Florida Forest Service to help offset cost of managing your pines and invasive plants. Also there will be a session on grazing livestock in the pines. Cost $5, lunch provided. See link above for details. To participant in this event, call the Walton County Extension Service at (850) 892-8172 or email

July 13

Advanced Forest Site Prep Herbicide Workshop (link), 9 am to 2 pm ET, University of Florida IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351. Provided by Dr. Patrick Minogue, Professor of Silviculture. 4 FL CEUs, 3.5 CFEs pending. This free workshop is for natural resource managers who are responsible for site preparation decisions or implementation. Call Megan, the University of Florida NFREC receptionist, at (850) 875-7100 to RSV please. Attendance is limited to 80 people due to space constraints.

July 21, August 25, September 15

Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Calhoun County Extension Office, Blountstown, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Calhoun County Extension Office at (850) 674-8323.

July 12, August 9, September 13

Principles of Pasture Productivity Workshop Series (link), 6:30 pm CT, UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office, Chipley, FL. Provided by UF/IFAS, this series will help livestock producers gain a better understanding of pasture productivity. There is a $25 registration fee for the entire series or $10 per session. Light refreshments and printed program materials will be provided. See link above for details and registration or contact Washington County Extension Office at (850) 638-6180.

September 15

Invasive Exotic Species and Control Workshop (link), 9 am to 3 pm ET, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Training Center, 108 Island Drive Eastpoint, FL 32328.  Provided by Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance and Florida Forest Stewardship Program. $10 fee covers materials and lunch. FDACS Pesticide applicator CEUs and SAF CFEs pending approval. Please register on-line at or you can reserve a space by contacting Anita Grove at the Reserve at (850) 670-7708,

September 27

Forest Stewardship Workshop: Use Prescribed Fire Safely and Effectively (link), 8:30 am to 3 pm CT, Blackwater State Forest Bear Lake Pavilion, Munson, FL. This program will provide an overview of the uses of fire in natural resource management and the proper planning necessary for a successful prescribed burn. A burn demonstration will be planned and executed if conditions allow. $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Register on-line at  You can also reserve a space by contacting Bethany at the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office at (850) 675-6654.

October 25-28

Prescribed Fire for Wildlife (link), Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, FL. Provided by the Florida Wildlife Society, Tall Timbers, and Florida Fish and Wildlfie Conservation Commission. Details to be posted at link above or contact Jim Schortemeyer,, (239) 455-5847.


June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15

Your Legacy, Your Land Monthly Webinar Series (link), provided by American Forest Foundation. See link for details.

June 29

Webinar: Legal Liability for Prescribed Fire Accidents in the Southeast (registration link - free), 1-2 pm ET, See link for details.

July 12

Webinar: Biological Indicators of Soil Health (link), 2 pm ET, See link for details.


More events on these sites and web calendars:

UF/IFAS Web Calendar

Florida Forest Stewardship Calendar

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Native Plant Society Chapters:

Brooker Creek Preserve Events, Pinellas County

Florida Forest Service Training Opportunities

Forestry and Natural Resources Webinars

Check with your UF/IFAS County Extension Office for more events
and information relevant to your county:

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Take the Kids to the Farmers Market...

This week's Market Newsletter.

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Take the Kids to the Market...

Polk County public school students are officially on summer break, so make the Market an exciting family destination this Saturday. There's plenty to do and see and eat. Get in line early for breakfast from Becky's, Born & Bread, or The Gourmet Muffin. Let the kids pick their favorite fruits as a healthy snack from one of our amazing produce vendors, like Erendira's or Vita's. Encourage them to choose a plant from one of our plant vendors, like Gonzalez Plants or Central Florida Berries--they can give their new plant friend a name and take it home as a summer project. Finally, let them stop and pet some of our weekly Market dogs, like Gertie (with the owner's permission, of course). The Market is fun for the whole family!

Eat Local      Shop Local




Produce Picks of the Week!

Read about what our farmers and produce vendors are featuring this week.


Summer Deals!


All Dried Up

Melanie will be at the Market all summer long. Grab a bag of dehydrated fruits or veggies as a light and healthy summer snack.

Boondock Studios

Looking for the perfect gift for Dad in expectation of the upcoming holiday? Check out some of the amazing leather men's wallets that Boondock Studios is selling!


Emily Fields, the owner of Jameenas, sells colorful, hand-made yoga pants. If you're looking for some new pants to lounge around in this summer, her creations are attractive, creative, and comfy!




New Market Footprint:

Due to the new construction on Bay Street, the Market now stretches directly north from the train tracks, up North Kentucky Avenue, across Pine Street and Bay Street, all the way to Oak Street. That's approximately five block of Market fun! There is parking conveniently located at both ends of the market--on Oak Street and across the train tracks by Munn Park. As always, there is also on-street parking on Tennesee Ave. and Pine St. 



Market T-Shirts For Sale for $10 

T-Shirts are available at the Market in three colors: sandstone, olive green, and an earthy orange. In order to ensure you get your size and desired color, you can also purchase your shirt online and pick it up at the Market.




Remember to recycle your used, clean plastic bags at the Market!
Or pick up a new, reusable Market shopping bag for $1 at the FAB/Information Tent!



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