This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
Preliminary Analysis Explores USDA Investment in Organic Agriculture Research Since 2002, USDA has invested more than $142 million into 188 organic farming studies, successfully targeting issues of vital concern to organic farmers, according to a preliminary analysis conducted by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). These preliminary findings represent the first phase of a two-year analysis of USDA's investments in organic farming research. The analysis aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the agency's organic research program, gauge its alignment with farmer priorities, and help set priorities for future research.
Nutrient-Runoff Mitigation Guide Recommends Conservation Based on Topography Researchers with the Iowa Geological Survey, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Environmental Defense Fund have created a comprehensive nutrient-runoff mitigation guide for farmland in both the Ohio and Upper Mississippi River Basins. The guide helps farmers identify a best-practice solution for optimal runoff mitigation based on soil type, land slope, crops grown, and nutrients used.
USDA Announces Agriculture Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence USDA has announced an agricultural coexistence workshop on March 12-13, 2015, at North Carolina State University. The objective of the workshop is to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss proposals for making coexistence more achievable for all stakeholders. Attendance at the workshop is by invitation only, but the public is invited to listen to or watch the workshop, which will be streamed online.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is requesting applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2015. These priority areas are plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities. Approximately $116 million will be available for new projects in FY 2015. Application deadlines vary by program area from March 31 through June 24; some program areas require submission of a letter of intent to apply.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area. NIFA anticipates $30 million will be available to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds. In FY 2015, approximately $9 million will support new awards under this program. Eligibility is linked to project type. A letter of intent to apply is due by April 9, 2015.
Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom Local Support Grants The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is offering grants of up to $1,000 each to support agriculture education programs that impact students or adults and help develop an understanding of agriculture and the agriculture industry. Applications are due by March 15, 2015.
Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conference March 28, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia This annual conference to promote sustainably produced meat from livestock raised under high animal-welfare standards will feature Temple Grandin and Mary Berry as speakers, as well as a farm tour of White Oak Pastures. Sessions are organized into consumer, producer, and business tracks.
"Planting a Legacy, Growing a Future" 2015 Small Farms Week March 22-28, 2015 Greensboro, North Carolina The 29th annual observance of Small Farms Week, sponsored by Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, features workshops, tours, demonstrations, and the announcement of the 2015 Small Farmer of the Year.
California Climate & Agriculture Summit March 24-25, 2015 Davis, California This Summit explores the science, policy, and practice of climate change and sustainable agriculture in California. Participants will include farmers and ranchers, agency staff, technical service providers, policymakers, and advocates concerned with climate change challenges and opportunities for California agriculture.
Weekly Harvest Archives Digital versions of recent and archived Weekly Harvest newsletters are available online.
ATTRA was developed and is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The program is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
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