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.
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
Participate in the 2017 National Young Farmers Survey
Online Resources Help New England Farmers with Employment Laws
USDA Helps Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Access Programs
Protocol Aids Value-Added Producers with Researching Market Readiness
Report Offers Evidence to Support Healthy Placemaking Initiatives
Agroforestry Webinar Series Available Online
California Fertilizer Research and Education Program Grants
RCPP Assistance for Soil and Water Concerns in Tennessee
High Country Local First Farm to School Grant
West Virginia Small Farm Conference
Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University
The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive
News & Resources
Participate in the 2017 National Young Farmers Survey The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) has launched a national survey of beginning and aspiring farmers to assess their current needs and challenges. The survey will gather detailed data from thousands of young farmers and ranchers to shape NYFC's 2018 Farm Bill priorities and allow it to represent the interests of America's young farmers. The online survey is available until February 28, 2017.
USDA Helps Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Access Programs USDA announced that the Office of the Ombudsperson is helping women and Hispanic farmers and ranchers with accessing Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development programs. The Ombudsperson seeks a fair process for everyone involved and helps USDA identify and address issues relating to program access by women and Hispanic producers, focused strategically on programs in California, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas.
Report Offers Evidence to Support Healthy Placemaking Initiatives Project for Public Spaces has released The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking. The report offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and numerous case studies to which health institutions, community organizations, and other partners can refer in order to create and support healthy placemaking initiatives. The projects and case studies highlighted in the study include several farmers markets and community gardens. Related ATTRA Publications: Community Gardening and Community Orchards
Agroforestry Webinar Series Available Online A four-webinar series on agroforestry, held during the past several months by Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Agroforestry, is now available for viewing online. The sessions address agroforestry opportunities and resources, multi-functional agroforestry systems, multi-functional buffers, and silvopasture. Related ATTRA Publication: Agroforestry: An Overview
California Fertilizer Research and Education Program Grants The California Department of Food and Agriculture's Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is accepting concept proposals for funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of fertilizing materials. Funding priorities are listed online. Concept proposals are due by January 31, 2017.
RCPP Assistance for Soil and Water Concerns in Tennessee NRCS in Tennessee announced $1.2 million in funding to expand assistance services to address resource concerns and improve the quality of waters across the state. Producers are encouraged to sign up for assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP funds will finance cost-share on conservation projects. The deadline to submit applications is January 20, 2017.
High Country Local First Farm to School Grant The High Country Local First Farm to School Grant provides resources to develop or expand Farm to School projects and/or explore innovative practices related to Farm to School in Ashe and Watauga Counties of North Carolina. The grant is open to K-12 public and private schools and early-child-care education providers. Applications are due February 15, 2017.
West Virginia Small Farm Conference February 12-14, 2017 Charleston, West Virginia This conference seeks to unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably and to help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption.
Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University February 15-17, 2017 Tuskegee, Alabama This two-day educational forum features tours, panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, and concurrent workshops. The theme for this year's conference is "100 Years after Booker T. Washington, A Century of Agriculture and Education in the South."
The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive February 11-12, 2017 Humboldt, California This two-day series of interactive workshops will provide new and aspiring farmers with a solid introduction to the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed, a valuable supplement to on-farm experience.
Weekly Harvest Archives Digital versions of recent and archived Weekly Harvest newsletters are available online.
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