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May 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: As a lead up to the 2018 Farm Bill, around which discussions and debate in Congress have already begun, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is previewing some of the major programs and policies that advocates need to know in order to effectively engage. The final post in our series, “Path to the 2018 Farm Bill,” focuses on key legislative and grassroots campaigns that NSAC will be championing over the coming year. These priorities include programs and policies that support the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, local and regional food systems, on-farm conservation programs, a more accountable farm safety net, and more diversity in our public seed supply.

May 8, 2017

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and tick prevention gardening. This is the ninth workshop in the 2017 Pike County, Ready, Set... Garden! series.

May 8, 2017

National Young Farmers Coalition/NYFC is excited to announce Heart and Grain, a new series produced in partnership with King Arthur Flour.

May 8, 2017

Farmers enter into organic production for many reasons, chief among them are typically a concern for the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection and a desire to benefit from the higher price points that organic products typically demand.

April 24, 2017

Check out archived Farminars on our website and stay tuned for new Farminars coming your way.

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report, Community Supported Agriculture: New Models for Changing Markets, highlighting six case studies of farmers using the community supported agriculture (CSA) direct-to-consumer business model and how that model has changed since the 1980s.

April 24, 2017

America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

April 24, 2017

Historically, only half of the nation’s organic operations have participated in OCCSP, but through the expansion of funding availability to include all FSA county offices, USDA is looking to increase accessibility and participation rates. OCCSP reimburses 75 percent of producers and handlers’ costs for organic certification, defraying up to $750 of the costs associated with certification, including application and inspection fees.

April 24, 2017

This survey provides SARE with vital information that helps them to understand why farmers do or don’t use cover crops and how cover crops have benefitted those farmers who do use them. Survey results from the past four years have been extremely beneficial to informing research needs, policy making, and outreach regarding cover crops.

April 11, 2017

Do you have a passion for change and a background in social volunteering, academia, technology, start-ups, journalism or blogging?

April 11, 2017

Farmers and ranchers can better clean and conserve water, improve the quality of soil and air and enhance wildlife habitat by using a variety of tools.

March 14, 2017

Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) recently released two publications to support organic farmers as they incorporate biodiversity practices into their operations. There is a direct linkage between conservation practices on the farm and National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can and should play a critical role in ensuring that conservation programs and support are accessible and appropriate for organic and transitioning-to-organic participants.

March 14, 2017

In case you can't make it to the farm, check out the webinar opportunities.

March 14, 2017

University of Vermont researchers have introduced a new mobile app that will calculate the crop productivity and pollination benefits of supporting endangered bees.

March 14, 2017

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released a revised version of How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch.

March 14, 2017

Which U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies have programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diversified farming operations, organic growers, or beginning farmers? What resources are available for small- and mid-sized growers looking to reach expanding regional markets, and where can you find them?

March 14, 2017

Practical Farmers of Iowa is making videos, presentation slides, and handouts available free online from sessions at its annual conference, held in January 2017.

March 14, 2017

The two-year Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program is accepting applicants. The program requires 4,000 hours of instruction, including 277 hours of online classes, and on-the-job training.

March 14, 2017

Penn State research published in Bioscience suggests that world food production likely will need to increase between 25% and 70% to meet 2050 demand, rather than needing to double as is frequently posited. Furthermore, according to the researchers, agriculture's environmental impacts are increasing and must drop dramatically to maintain clean water and stabilize the climate.