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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.
Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management for New Farmers USDA Risk Management Agency and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) present a workshop in numerous locations for returning veterans and others interested in starting a career in farming. Participants will learn how to develop the business side of starting an entrepreneurial, diversified farm. Wisconsin and Minnesota workshops include a farm tour. For more information or to register, contact NCAT at 515-288-0460 or email email@example.com. July 12, Cedar Falls, Iowa July 13 -14, East Troy, Wisconsin July 15, Farmington, Minnesota July 22, Farmington, Minnesota July 23, Decorah, Iowa July 24, Council Bluffs, Iowa
News & Resources
Course Materials for "Choosing Your Markets" Available Online
Organic Research and Promotion Program Discussion Underway
Guide to Breeding Organic Vegetables Now Online
NCR-SARE Seeking Members for Farmer Rancher Review Committee
Publication Alerts Organic Producers to Pesticide Drift
Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Calls for Conference Presentations
Small Business Innovation Research Program
North Dakota Farmers Market Association New Vendor Grant
Indiana Farmers' Market Cost Share Program
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest
Student Organic Seed Symposium
News & Resources
Course Materials for "Choosing Your Markets" Available Online Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group has posted the course materials from their "Choosing Your Markets" course. Learn benefits, challenges, and resources needed for marketing through farmers markets, CSAs, on-farm markets, Internet marketing, and direct sales to restaurants and grocers. The course is intended especially for small- and mid-scale farmers striving to become more sustainable. Related ATTRA Publications:Direct Marketing Options
Organic Research and Promotion Program Discussion Underway The organic sector is evaluating an Organic Research and Promotion (Checkoff) Program. The Organic Trade Association is holding town-hall-style forums across the country and online webinars to evaluate this opportunity and facilitate an industry-wide decision. A schedule of events is posted on the Organic Trade Association website.
NCR-SARE Seeking Members for Farmer Rancher Review Committee North Central Region SARE is seeking farmers and ranchers to join the NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program Review Committee, particularly from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Applicants should have a very good understanding of sustainable agriculture.
Small Business Innovation Research Program, Phase I The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to apply for funding for high-quality research or research-and-development applications. Proposed projects should contain advanced concepts related to important scientific problems and opportunities that could lead to significant public benefit. Phase I awards may not exceed $100,000. The Phase I application should concentrate on research that will significantly contribute to proving the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Applications are due by September 6, 2012.
North Dakota Farmers Market Association New Vendor Grant Brand-new farmers market vendors of specialty crops are eligible for a $200 grant to be used for equipment and supplies related to starting to vend at a farmers market. The grant can aid in the purchase of tables, canopies, signs, vendor fees, display boxes, etc. Vendors can apply until August 31, 2012.
Indiana Farmers' Market Cost Share Program The Farmers' Market Cost-Share Reimbursement Program offers up to $500 per organization for advertising, displays, and promotional materials used to increase consumer awareness and overall appeal of Indiana farmers' markets and enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Funds will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2012.
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference August 2-5, 2012 Burlington, Vermont The sixth National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students, and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria. There will be skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network.
Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest August 3-4, 2012 Centre Hall, Pennsylvania FarmFest celebrates the broad organic community, including growers and consumers. This two-day festival features live music, educational workshops, children's programming, hands-on demonstrations, a farmers market, organic food, and vendors.
Student Organic Seed Symposium August 5-8, 2012 Greensboro, Vermont The Student Organic Seed Symposium is a student-led initiative that provides a unique opportunity for graduate students interested in organic seed systems to share resources with one another and learn from leaders in the field.
Weekly Harvest and ATTRAnews Archives Digital versions of recent and archived Weekly Harvest and ATTRAnews newsletters are available online. ATTRAnews is the newsletter of ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service - ATTRA - was developed and is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
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