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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
Beginning-Farmer Resource Guide Available
Trap Crops Can Help Organic Growers Protect Crucifer Crops
Guide Helps Farmers Develop Sales Agreements
Plastic Waste Disposal a Challenge for Wisconsin Farmers
Legal Guide Released Regarding Direct-to-Consumer Produce Sales
Fall Cover Crops Provide Grazing and Improve Soil Health
NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant Program
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program
Western North Carolina AgOptions
Harvesting Clean Energy
Mother Earth News Fair
Florida Local Food Summit
News & Resources
Beginning-Farmer Resource Guide Available The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are making available A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers, a new publication that compiles existing training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole-farm planning, including information on food safety and seed saving. The 48-page guide is divided into three parts: production practices, post-harvest handling, and business planning and basic farm finances. Related ATTRA Resource:Beginning Farmer
Plastic Waste Disposal a Challenge for Wisconsin Farmers A survey of dairy producers in Wisconsin regarding their disposal of agricultural plastic waste indicated that 84% of dairy farmers and 92% of organic dairy farmers generate plastic waste, most of which is feed packaging. Landfilling is the most frequent disposal method, with burning ranked second. The survey indicated that farmers would be willing to participate in recycling under various conditions. The full results are on the Wisconsin DNR website.
Legal Guide Released Regarding Direct-to-Consumer Produce Sales Farm Commons has released Direct to Consumer Produce Sales in Wisconsin: A Legal Guide. This resource focuses on rules and regulations that affect farmers who sell fruit and vegetables in the state. The guide outlines what health and advertising claims farmers can and cannot make, and the basics on packaging, weighing, pricing, and other details to consider. The guide is available free online to registered users.
NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant Program NCR-SARE is accepting online submissions for the Youth Educator Grant Program. Projects provide opportunities for youth in the 12-state North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program. Proposals are due by November 12, 2015.
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program First Nations awards five $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields. Applicants must be Native American and able to provide documentation, and must have at least a 3.0 GPA. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015.
Western North Carolina AgOptions WNC Agricultural Options is accepting applications for $3,000 or $6,000 grants from farmers in the region who are diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $178,000. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension Agents by October 16. The application deadline is November 13, 2015.
Harvesting Clean Energy September 30 - October 2, 2015 Billings, Montana The 14th annual Harvesting Clean Energy conference is the premier gathering of the agriculture, forestry, and energy industries. The event is designed to help advance rural economic development through clean energy development, and to maximize profits by practicing good stewardship. Renewable energy policy and application, bioenergy development, and agriculture in a changing climate are all on the agenda for this event hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Mother Earth News Fair September 18-19, 2015 Seven Springs, Pennsylvania This event features more than 150 workshops, demonstrations, and lectures on modern homesteading, animal husbandry, organic gardening, green building, natural health, renewable energy, and real food.
Florida Local Food Summit September 18-20, 2015 Gainesville, Florida This second annual event is a weekend gathering of the state's top food and farming entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs, foodies, and local food fans. The Summit offers on-farm workshops, panel discussions, farm-to-table dining, farm hack demonstrations, and more.
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.
Visit the NCAT website for more information on our other sustainable agriculture and energy projects.