• 30Jul

    Funding Opportunities: Animal Welfare, Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers, Conservation

    Animal Welfare Approved Good Husbandry Grants
    Grants are available to improve animal welfare for Animal Welfare Approved farms, farms that have completed an application to join the program, or slaughter plants that are working with an AWA farm and/or have consented to be reviewed by AWA. Funding priorities for this cycle include: improved genetics, increased outdoor access, welfare improvements in the slaughter process, and non-lethal predator control.
    Application deadline is October 1, 2014.

    Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program 
    USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is accepting applications to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in USDA agricultural programs and services. This program will assist eligible community-based organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance.
    Application deadline is August 25, 2014.

    Conservation Innovation Grants in Maryland
    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maryland is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches into NRCS policy, technical manuals, guides, and references, or to the private sector. Grants up to $75,000 are available.
    Applications are due by August 22, 2014.

    >> More Funding Opportunities

  • 30Jul
    Less than two weeks until the 40th NOFA Summer Conference! 
    August 8-10, Amherst, MA 

    Pre-register by Saturday for 10% off registration costs

    This is the last chance to save on conference registration. After August 2nd, online and walk-in registrations will be full price.

    Online purchase of meals, housing, and teacup raffle tickets will end on 8/2. These items will be available for purchase onsite.

    Pre-register online here.

    Conference weekend at a glance

    The conference features over 150 workshops and youth conferences for children 3-12 and teens 13-17 on Saturday and Sunday.
    Single day and full weekend registration are available.
    Our full workshop schedule is online, including listings by time slotcategorytrack and grid.

    Friday highlights include four in-depth pre-conference seminars, with experts on soils, herbs, urban ecosystems & auto-immunity and Friday evening’s Singing for Food and Freedom: Carrying on the Legacy of Pete Seeger with performers Charlie KingSarah Stockwell Arthen & Ben Grosscup.


    Microbiologist Elaine Ingham is our Saturday evening keynote speaker. Following the keynote address is the Get Acquainted Party and Contra Dance (with music by Wild Asparagus) - meet others, have a good time and let all those new ideas soak in!


    Catch new and interesting films all weekend, including “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie“, “Queen of the Sun“, ”Out Here“, ”Food for Change” & ”Food Chains“.

    Ride Share, Accommodations & More

    Have extra space in your vehicle? Need a ride? Check out our ride share listings!

    Housing is available Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Whether you’re coming for a pre-conference early on Friday, or want to get a good night’s sleep before Saturday’s first workshop at 8am, check out dorm, camping, and hotel optionsOrganic meals are also available.

    A Taste of the Conference

    Whether it’s your first time or your 40th, whet your appetite by watching this video about the conference, featuring several 2014 presenters and a glimpse of what’s in store!




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  • 29Jul

    Check out this new video about the U-Mass Student Farm

  • 29Jul

    Minnesota Beginning Farmers Chosen as White House ‘Champions of Change’: Presidential Ceremony for Land Stewardship Project Members Ryan & Tiffany Batalden

    Southwestern Minnesota beginning farmers Ryan and Tiffany Batalden will be honored as “Champions of Change” by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony today, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT. The Bataldens are Land Stewardship Project (LSP) members and fifth generation beginning farmers in Lamberton, Minn. Along with their three young children — Finn, Lilly and Stella — they grow certified organic corn, soybeans, oilseeds and small grains on 380 acres, raise livestock, and have a direct-market popcorn business called Patriot Pops.

    “It’s an honor for us to be selected White House Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change. It’s particularly appropriate that the White House is recognizing people out in the countryside who are thinking long and hard about the future of American agriculture,” said Ryan Batalden, who serves on the Land Stewardship Project’s Land Access Committee, which is investigating the obstacles beginning farmers face when trying to get agricultural operations established. “There are many of us who see great opportunities in agriculture, but also recognize some of the significant barriers beginning farmers face if they are to get established successfully on the land.”

    Read the full article at: http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/628

  • 28Jul

    The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program is offering two on-farm field days next week (Aug. 2014) focusing on dry beans and grains. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch More information is available at: http://www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/ or by contacting Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501.

    August 5, 2014, 11 am to 2 pm—Dry Beans and Grains, Morningstar Meadows Farm, Glover, VT

    Morningstar Meadows has been growing organic grains for human consumption and animal feed in Glover, Vermont, for seven years. At the farm, Seth and Jeannette Johnson grow eight types of beans, including heirloom varieties, and 10 acres of mixed grains for a diverse livestock. At this field day, you’ll hear from Seth about weed control, harvesting, processing and their fertilizer program. UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby will also provide up-to-date information on research from the Northwest Crops and Soils Program. View the field day flyer and/or register online at www.uvm.edu/extension/beanworkshop.

    August 7, 2014, 11 am to 2 pm—Getting Started with Grains, Rogers Farmstead, Berlin, VT

    Nate and Jessie Rogers started their family farm – Rogers Farmstead – in the Dog River Valley in 2012. Using sustainable and organic agriculture practices, they’re improving the health of the land and the buildings as the farm grows. Join us for this on-farm field day as Nate and Jessie discuss their experience starting a farm business, sourcing equipment and small grain production and processing. View the field day flyer and/or register online now at www.uvm.edu/extension/rogersfarmstead.

  • 27Jul

    Funding Restored for Outreach and Assistance for Underserved Farmers - On Thursday, July 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the much anticipated, long delayed release of funding to support outreach and technical assistance for underserved farmers – including minority, tribal, and veteran producers.  USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) made the announcement that $9.1 million will be available in 2014 to make grants through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program – also known as the Section 2501 Program…

    USDA Webinar on the Grass Fed Program for Small Livestock Operations - On Tuesday, August 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a webinar about the previously announced Grass-Fed Program for Small and Very Small (SVS) Producers.  The webinar will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMEastern Time.  During the webinar AMS will provide an overview of the USDA Grass Fed program, the program website, and detailed information about the application and evaluation processes for gaining approval for livestock to the Grass Fed Standard.

    Waters of the US: What’s It All About? - There has been a lot of attention lately on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it engages with the farming community on the proposed rule to define “Waters of the U.S.”  The so-called WOTUS rule would define which bodies of water fall under EPA’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  In this post, NSAC provides an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explores some of the confusions, myths, and facts surrounding both rules.

    Q&A on the “Waters of the US” Proposed Rule and Interpretive Rule - In an accompanying post, we provided an update on where things stand with the proposed rule and the accompanying interpretive rule, and explored some of the confusion surrounding both rules.  This Q&A breaks the issue down even further.

  • 24Jul

    Learn the ins and outs of farm marketing with the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center!

    Developing Your Farm Marketing Plan
    Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Hudson Valley, New York)
    July 30, 2014, 2-5PM

    Developing your farm’s marketing and outlet strategy is a vital part of your future success. Should you join a farmers market, start a CSA, or both? How can your business appeal to a customer’s behavioral habits and attract a wider range of shoppers? Join marketing specialists Matt LeRoux and Chris Wayne for an introduction to marketing strategy development and customer behavior at farmers markets.

    For more information, visit the Virtual Grange: http://www.virtualgrange.org/july-30-2014-developing-your-farm-marketing-plan/

  • 21Jul

    From USDA: Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22

    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.

    Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

    NAP enrollment begins July 22, 2014. Applications must be submitted to FSA county offices by Sept. 22, 2014. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    Job: Seeking skilled farmer to manage and work all aspects of vegetable production and marketing for a farm in Oklahoma.

    Farm uses organic farming methods however is not certified organic. The farm currently has 1+ acres in vegetable production with established marketing avenues, although additional marketing will be needed. Room for expansion. Farm is currently using plasticulture with drip irrigation. Farm has unheated hoop houses for season extension, etc. Owners have too many “irons in the fire” and need someone to take over responsibility for this area of the farm. Located in north central Oklahoma. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    NOFA Vermont is excited to offer this workshop presented by Sylvia Davatz of Solstice Seeds in Norwich, VT. If you’re a gardener looking for inspiration and knowledge to advance your seed saving skills, join Sylvia for an overview of issues of timing, plant spacing, pollination, isolation, plant populations, seed maturity, processing, record keeping, and storage of many regionally adapted crops. We’ll also address the challenges of overwintering biennials and planning rotations. This workshop is geared for those with some experience with seed saving. Read more »

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