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USDA Agricultural Research Service
October 29, 2010


Keeping smoked salmon safe to eat:
ARS scientists are helping ensure that the smoked salmon that's always a hit at festive gatherings also is always safe to eat, including among their achievements the development of a first-of-its-kind mathematical model that food processors and others can use to select the optimal combination of temperature and concentrations of salt and smoke compounds to reduce or eliminate microbial contamination of the product. (10/26)

Good news for American aquaculture:
ARS this week posted the latest issue of its quarterly online newsletter "Healthy Animals," which highlights important breakthroughs in ARS research to keep America's farm-raised fish healthy and productive. (10/27)

Helping fish get rid of the "Ich":
Copper sulfate has emerged as an effective treatment for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, also known as "Ich," a protozoan parasite that appears as white spots on infected fish, according to an ARS aquatic toxicologist who says the same treatment could also help fight a fungus called Saprolegnia on catfish eggs. (10/28)


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Sales Opportunity for Vegetable Producers

Sales Lead for Vegetable Producers

A gentleman named Bruce Johnson from Mississippi is looking to purchase okra, greens, and eggplants.  His number is (601) 502-4445. He is working with some folks in several NE cities on area farmers markets and is in need of product, particularly during the cooler months.  Would you please spread the word to your local growers if appropriate?


Linda Landrum

Regional Specialized Agent

Marketing & Rural Development

North Florida REC - Suwannee Valley

7580 County Road 136

Live Oak FL 32060

386-362-1725 ext.105





Northeast SARE Administrative Council opening

Leadership position with Northeast SARE

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
program seeks a person with a solid understanding of sustainable
agriculture to serve on our Administrative Council (AC). The available
seat is for representation from the agricultural business community.
Applicants must be employed by a private business that serves farmers
and have experience working directly with farms or farming
organizations. The council has a variety of seats that are designated
for different areas of expertise to assure that SARE has a broad
perspective on sustainable agriculture research and education; however,
members are not advocates for their areas of interest.

SARE is a grant-making program of the US Department of Agriculture's
National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Northeast SARE region
is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West
Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. Members of the AC set program
policy, review grant applications, and help shape overall program
direction. They serve for a four-year term, attending two multi-day
meetings each year. Travel and other expenses associated with
participating are covered by SARE.

To apply for this service opportunity please send: 1) a cover letter that
describes your interest in being a part of the Northeast SARE AC, 2) a
brief description of your relevant background and experience, 3) a
profile of the business you work for, and 4) your contact information.
Send applications via e-mail, preferably as a single pdf document, to by Nov. 30, 2010.

If you have questions about the programs offered by Northeast SARE
please visit our web site or call 802/656-0471 to
request written materials.

Vern Grubinger, Northeast SARE Coordinator

Our mailing address is:
Northeast SARE
655 Spear Street
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Our telephone:
802 656 0471

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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - October 27, 2010

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.

News & Resources

Funding Opportunities

Coming Events

News & Resources

USDA Settles in Lawsuit with Native American Farmers
USDA has announced the settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against the agency by Native American farmers alleging discrimination. The settlement ends litigation concerning discrimination complaints from Native Americans generally covering the period 1981-1999. Under the settlement agreement announced today, $680 million will be made available to eligible class members to compensate them for their discrimination claims. Two payment "tracks" are available. Under the first track, persons who meet the class definition and provide substantial evidence of discrimination to an impartial adjudicator will receive a uniform settlement of up to $50,000. The second track is for those persons who meet the class definition and believe they have stronger evidence of economic losses caused by discrimination. The settlement also provides a broad range of programmatic relief for Native American farmers, including creation of a new Federal Advisory Council for Native American farmers and ranchers, and enhanced technical assistance services through the establishment of a network that provides intensive instruction to recipients concerning financial, business and market planning skills and supports the deployment of tribal agriculture advocates and third party outreach and education providers.

Representatives Withdraw from Sustainable Agriculture Standard Initiative
The American Soybean Association (ASA) announced this week that it is withdrawing from the Leonardo Academy's initiative to develop a sustainable agriculture standard for American National Standards Institute. Fifty-four other commodity and farm organizations representing U.S. production agriculture interests joined ASA in withdrawing from the Leonardo Academy's process. A statement issued by ASA notes that, "While ASA supports the goal of a sustainable agriculture standard, it has become clear that that the Leonardo Academy process is biased against a balanced and open analysis of modern agriculture." The ASA statement continues, "Despite the Leonardo Academy's claim that the Committee is made up of members from 'across all areas of agriculture,' in reality the Committee is dominated by environmental groups, certification consultants, agro-ecology and organic farming proponents."

Scientists Pursue New Weed Controls for Organic Systems
Weeds are a critical issue facing organic growers, according to a press release from the Weed Science Society of America, but scientists have several research projects underway that offer new alternatives in weed management. The Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit of USDA's Agricultural Research Service is exploring practical ways to reduce the persistence of weed seeds, as are researchers at Ohio State and Purdue universities. One particularly innovative project underway at the University of California involves a prototype cultivation device that uses "machine vision" to attack weeds growing in the crop row, as a replacement for hand weeding. In a survey conducted online by researchers at Rodale Institute, 85 percent of the organic growers responding use at least three weed management strategies -- and most use six. The new research could offer them important new management alternatives.

Renewable Energy Initiatives Announced by USDA
USDA has announced several initiatives to promote biofuels industry development in the United States. One initiative is the publication of a final rule to implement the Biomass Crop Assistance Program that makes payments to eligible producers. USDA announced jointly with FAA a five-year agreement to develop aviation fuel from forest and crop residues and other "green" feedstocks in order to decrease dependence on foreign oil and stabilize aviation fuel costs. Meanwhile, a new biofuels report prepared by USDA's Economic Research Service that says replacing more petroleum with cost-competitive domestic biofuels reduces crude oil imports, thereby lowering prices for energy and benefiting the U.S. economy. The full report, Effects of Increased Biofuels on the U.S. Economy in 2022, is available online.

PepsiCo Effort to Help Farmers Reduce Water Use and Carbon Emissions
Food and beverage business PepsiCo has announced plans to roll-out its new i-crop farming technology on a global basis. The web-based tool, which was developed by PepsiCo in conjunction with Cambridge University, United Kingdom, is a crop management system that will enable PepsiCo's farmers around the world to monitor, manage and reduce their water use and carbon emissions, while also maximizing potential yield and quality. Trials of i-crop are currently underway at 22 farms in the U.K., where PepsiCo has announced ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions and water usage by 50 percent across the farming of its core crops in the next five years. In its first Sustainable Farming Report, available online, PepsiCo U.K. outlined how it is working in partnership with its 350 British farmers to reach its aim of '50 in 5'. With brands including Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay, PepsiCo is a major investor in global farming.

California Farmer Receives International Pollinator Conservation Award
Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farms in Sebastopol, California is the 2010 recipient of the NACD-NAPPC Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award, sponsored by North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The award was given as part of an international effort to promote public awareness about pollinators--birds, bees, bats, butterflies, beetles, and other animals that enable the reproduction of over 75 percent of flowering plants, accounting for as much as one-third of the nation?s food supply. Singing Frogs Farm is a certified Bee Friendly Farmingtm (BFF) operation, signifying that the operation meets or exceeds minimum criteria for providing adequate habitat for bees and other pollinators and using bee-beneficial practices.

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Funding Opportunities

Northeast SARE Farmer Grants
Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--is required as a project participant. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. The Northeast region is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Proposals are due December 7, 2010.

Pennsylvania Direct Farm Sales Grant Program
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution is now accepting applications for the Direct Farm Sales Grant Program project year 2011. The Program provides funds to Pennsylvania-based businesses that manage or operate a farm stand or farmers' markets, non-profit organizations, farmers and local governments for projects intended to promote new or existing farmers' markets. Projects must pertain to specialty crops. The maximum Grant amount per farm stand or farmers' market location shall be $7,500 and applicants shall be expected to provide 25% of the approved Grant amount in matching funds or in-kinds goods or services.
Proposals are due November 23, 2010.

Ohio Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund
Business owners can now apply for their share of $2 million in low-interest loans funded by the Ohio Department of Agriculture through a newly created Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund. The Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund will make loans available for the creation and expansion of businesses and industries that support agriculture and rural Ohio that focus on aquaculture, food processing and biofuels in Ohio. Loans will range from $10,000 - $100,000, and the revolving loan fund will finance up to 90 percent of the total project cost.
No application deadline is specified.

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Coming Events

Young Farmers Conference
December 2-3, 2010
Tarrytown, New York

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture presents its third annual Young Farmers Conference (YFC): Reviving the Culture of Agriculture, a program especially for young and new farmers. This year's event will be a forum for over 200 participants to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations through workshops, keynotes, and panel discussions. Keynote speakers for the 2010 Young Farmers Conference are Kathleen Merrigan, and Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman. Over the two days, participants will have more than 50 workshops to choose from, ranging from technical and hands-on to policy, business, and marketing-related sessions. The YFC is a unique opportunity for new and aspiring producers to learn from leading thinkers in the field and to connect with their peers from across the country.

Connecting Cows, Carbon and Carrots: Making Sense of Our Food Future
November 20, 2010
Emporia, Kansas

The 2010 Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Conference is sponsored by the Kansas Rural Center and the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops. The conference offers workshops for people interested in learning more about climate change and its challenges for agriculture, the budding "food movement" of local and regional production and business opportunities, how to approach the transfer of land to the next generation, plus many more ways of "connecting cows, carbon, and carrots".

Community Wind across America Conference
November 15-16, 2010
St. Paul, Minnesota

Community Wind across America conferences showcase ordinary people who are doing extraordinary work for residential and commercial development on a local level. This conference is designed for anyone interested in wind energy: rural landowners, farmers, ranchers, municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives, elected officials, town planners, tribal representatives, economic development professionals, business leaders, investors, bankers, and community leaders. This is the second of three different regional conferences that will cover the full range of what's needed to advance opportunities for locally owned wind energy production.

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Important Water Treatment Workshop for nurseries Nov.10, Homestead

I would like to invite you to participate in this regional workshop


BMPs for Water Quality and Treatment

South Florida Regional Workshop


Homestead, FL Nov 10, 2010, 9.15 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.


Learn how to:

  • Manage pathogens, algae, biofilm, salt and alkalinity problems in irrigation water
  • Irrigate with recaptured water, surface ponds and reclaimed water sources.
  • Deal with new environmental regulations and incorporate Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Use new research and technologies, with presentations from industry and university experts

Benefit from:

  • Pesticide CEU’s (application in process)
  • Free booklet provided on water treatment
  • Touring two leading greenhouses (Costa Farms and Living Colors Nursery, Inc.)

Who should attend: Nursery, foliage, and floriculture growers and associated industries. 

This is a regional south Florida event including speakers from within UF and national industry.

Low Registration Cost:

Only $20 per person if pre-register by October 29.  $40 after October 29.  20% discount for FNGLA members.  See attached registration form for details.  Preregistration is required for lunch.

Location: Costa Farms (, Living Colors Nursery (, and Miami-Dade County UF IFAS Extension, Homestead FL (  Directions are included on attached pages.




9.15 a.m.      Meet and register at Costa Farms, 19995 SW 194 Ave., Miami, FL 33187, Tel. 305-971-7750


9.45              Introductions and irrigation tour of Costa Farms.  Plugs and liners, poinsettias, copper ionization.  Kati Migliaccio and Aaron Palmateer (UF) will highlight BMP practices including discussion of proposed EPA regulations.


10.45            Travel (private cars) to Living Colors Nursery, 19500 SW 240th St., Homestead FL 33031, Tel. 305-248-7393


11.00            Introductions and irrigation tour of Living Colors Nursery.  Bromeliads, orchids, and foliage.  Paul Fisher, Dustin Meador, Rosa Raudales (UF) will discuss water quality monitoring, biofilm and algae control.


12.00            Travel to Miami-Dade County UF IFAS Extension, 18710 SW 288 Street, Homestead, FL 33030, Tel: 305-248-3311

12.15            Lunch provided at Miami/Dade Extension, including table top displays from Water Education Alliance for Horticulture sponsors and regulatory and granting agencies


12.45            Avoid spreading disease through your irrigation system: Aaron Palmateer (UF)


1.15              Treat water for pathogen, biofilm, and algae problems: Paul Fisher (UF)


1.45              Deal with alkalinity, salt, and other nutritional problems: Bill Argo, Blackmore Co.


2.30              Break


2.45              Technology options for treating water (activated peroxygen, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, copper ionization, hypochlorous acid, ozone, sanitation and cleaning): Water Education Alliance for Horticulture industry sponsors


4 p.m.           End of program




REGISTRATION FORM (Mail or fax to Miami-Dade County Extension)

An online copy of this form can be downloaded from: www.WaterEducationAlliance.Org under “Workshops”


Contact Name _______________________________________________________________________

Organization or business _______________________________________________________________

Street address _______________________________________________________________________

City, state, zip _______________________________________________________________________

Office phone ___________________ Cell phone ____________________ Fax ____________________

Email _______________________________________ Are you an FNGLA member? Yes______  No_____



Registration fee per person

FNGLA member by Oct 29

OFA member after Oct 29

General public by Oct 29

General public after Oct 29







Name and email of all participants from your company:


Email address (optional)

Registration cost

















Pay with a check or money order made out to Miami-Dade Extension Program Account. 

Fax the registration form (305-246-2932) or mail to Patty Viera,,

Tel: 305-248-3311 ext 225, Miami-Dade County UF IFAS Extension, 18710 SW 288 Street, Homestead, FL 33030.

If faxing this registration form, please pay onsite at the start of the workshop.





IFAS in the news, 10/28

UF experiment to go up on next shuttle flight

Green industries certification class (Polk)

Florida receives strawberry disease grant

Bat Plants Fly Into Gardens

IFAS gets $2.9 million to study strawberries

Citrus Industry eNews: The Buzz on Biofuels; CRDF Update

BP oil spill conference set for Saturday in Naples

Area farmers markets are a hot commodity


Police Looking for Drunk Drivers Heading toward Gainesville after the Game

IFAS in the news, 10/29

Good morning and TGIF .... have a good weekend. But first, today's IFAS news scan:

Latest insect pest turns some tree leaves white (Miami-Dade)

Rangers aim to curb smuggling of native bromeliads (Palm Beach)

Turn unlikely plants into hedges (Collier County)

Calendar and Family Calendar (Seminole County, 11th item)

USDA grant to help Florida scientists study strawberry disease

In science/UF/local news:

Experts say efforts to beat malaria may backfire

Harn creates new position to increase collaborations with UF faculty, students

Water conservation effort expands to other residence areas

The howling: Coyote sightings on rise in city

UF professor Haridopolos faces ethics investigation

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

IFAS in the news, 10/27

Good morning! Your mid-week news scan:

UF-based strawberry disease project garners $2.9 million federal grant

NSF awards new projects for plant genome research

News Briefs - October 27, 2010 (Santa Rosa, 4th brief)

InCharge Debt Solutions teams with University of Florida on free foreclosure prevention workshop (Osceola County)

UF news:

UF earns B+ for sustainability

UF is restricting travel to Haiti

College students often feel call to certain careers years before graduating

Hogwarts party draws 600 Harry Potter fans

GI-BMP Instructor Trainings November 4

Schedule of 2010 GI-BMP Instructor Trainings


November 4
BMP Trainer: Claudia McLeroy
Event Contacts:
Claudia McLeroy 904-209-0430 X 4778
Hector Rivera 850-245-8086
Email: and
UF/IFAS Marion County Extension
2232 NE Jacksonville Road
Ocala, FL 34470-3615
Directions: MAP
NOTE: This is an Instructor Training Class


Find out more at


Mary Beth Henry

Small Farms/Pesticide Licensing

Extension Agent I, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County

1702 HWY. 17 S, Bartow, FL 33831 T: 863.519.8677 x 102  F: 863.534.0001 

No Farmers No Food


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