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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
Abstracts Sought for 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium
Crop Insurance Expanded to Cover Fresh Fruit and Nuts in 2016
New Open-Pollinated Sweet Corn Varieties Becoming Available
USDA Introduces Local Beef Market Report for Vermont
Rooting Pigs Tested as Nutsedge Control
Farm to School Lessons from Wisconsin Communities Shared in New Report
Washington 2015 Drought Emergency Grant Program
CHS Classroom Grant
Kentucky On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program
Putting the "Culture" in AgriCulture: 30 Years with PFI
Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil
Demystifying Organic Certification for New Farmers
News & Resources
Abstracts Sought for 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Organic Farming Research Foundation and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center invite the submission of research abstracts for the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium. The symposium will take place January 18-19, 2016, in Pacific Grove, California, immediately before the EcoFarm Conference. The deadline for submission of 500-word abstracts is August 31, 2015.
Crop Insurance Expanded to Cover Fresh Fruit and Nuts in 2016 USDA has announced that Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are available to cover fresh fruit and nuts beginning with the 2016 crop year. SCO will be available in select counties for almonds, apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches, potatoes, prunes, safflower, tomatoes, and walnuts. Producers of apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches, potatoes, prunes, safflower, tomatoes, and walnuts in select counties will have the option to utilize the APH Yield Exclusion for the 2016 crop year. Related ATTRA Publication: Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers
New Open-Pollinated Sweet Corn Varieties Becoming Available Oregon farmer Jonathan Spero announces the commercial release of Top Hat and Tuxana, two open-pollinated, super-sweet corn varieties. The organic-friendly varieties, whose seed can be saved by farmers, will be available in limited quantities for the 2016 planting season. Both varieties were selected over seven generations for sweetness, size and vigor, quick growth to outrace weeds, tightly-wrapped husk to deter pests, and ability to thrive in lower-fertility soils.
Farm to School Lessons from Wisconsin Communities Shared in New Report A new report from the Wisconsin Clearinghouse compiles the experiences of 14 organizations in Wisconsin that received funding to increase access to healthy food systems in their regions. Each chapter of Advancing Farm to School: Lessons from the Field contains case studies, lessons learned, and a resource section.
Washington 2015 Drought Emergency Grant Program The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting grant applications for $16 million to support public projects to help relieve hardships arising from the drought. Funding will help support projects that ensure reliable public water supplies, augment water supplies for farmers, and rescue or preserve fish runs in streams. Grant money is available to public entities. Applications will be reviewed as received.
CHS Classroom Grant Five CHS/National Agriculture in the Classroom grants of $1,500 will be awarded to kindergarten through 12th grade core-education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science, and/or social studies. The deadline for grant proposals is September 15, 2015.
Kentucky On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program This program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase the energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities. Successful applicants may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy-saving item, up to $10,000. Applications are due by July 31, 2015.
Putting the "Culture" in AgriCulture: 30 Years with PFI August 29, 2015 Harlan, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm will focus on whole-farm organic production, marketing, and integrating into local food systems. During lunch, help celebrate Practical Farmers of Iowa's 30th anniversary, which will include special guest speakers.
Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil August 27, 2015, 1 pm Eastern Online This one-hour webinar presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology part of a series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture. This session will present scientific research examining the benefits of organic farming practices to soil.
Demystifying Organic Certification for New Farmers August 31, 2015 Ghent, New York Join NOFA-NY and the farmers of Ironwood Farm for a day of learning about organic certification as it applies to beginning farmers. NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC will also guide you through the certification process.
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