Source: Kansas City Star, by Steve Everly
A farmers’ cooperative near Warrensburg, Mo., could help decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s plans to produce more cellulosic-based biofuels to curb oil imports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to announce today that the Show Me Energy Cooperative will get the first grant in a federal program to determine whether U.S. farmers are interested in growing large quantities of switchgrass or other such energy crops.
The Obama administration wants U.S. farmers to harvest enough cellulosic crops to produce 16 billion gallons of ethanol a year....Read More
The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) has made public the lists of projects most recently recommended for funding for each of its grant programs: Farmer Rancher, Research and Education, Professional Development, Youth and Youth Educator, and Graduate Student.
Go to http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Recent-Grant-Projects and scroll down to find links to lists of the projects recently recommended for funding.
NCR-SARE administers these grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. The...
GLENCOE, Ill. — The popular Farmers’ Markets at the Chicago Botanic Garden will get a new larger location this year as well as educational demonstrations from participating farmers and vendors. Farmers’ Markets will be held on the Esplanade, a grand lawn located between the Visitor Center and the Regenstein Center and offering wonderful views of the Smith Fountain and North Lake. Local, sustainable farmers and the Chicago Botanic Garden's own Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest will sell seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, hand-made...Read More
This series of energy efficiency webinars is targeted at county or regional based extension educators in the upper Midwest and beyond. It will cover six major agricultural enterprises: Livestock and Poultry, Irrigation, grain drying, greenhouses, field operations and dairy farms. Each one hour webinar will cover a different topic. Pre-registration is required. Click on the registration link for the webinars you are interested in. All webinars begin at 9:00 CDT. Participant should plan to log on 5 to 10 minutes prior to the
SARE Energy Professional Development Webinar Series is...Read More
by: Winona LaDuke and Lauren Scott
Indigenous farmers and gardeners from the region and beyond gathered at the 9th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference in March to share knowledge, stories, and of course, their seeds.
More than 100 native people, organic farmers, students, and community members participated in the conference hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project held on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
"I had a Hopi Squash run up a tree last year," Frank Kutka, USDA Sustainable Agriculture representative...Read More
Source: Iowa State University Extension
Women who own or manage farmland in Davis, Van Buren and neighboring counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion and field tour on Friday, April 29 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m. This session of Women Caring for the Land is sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) in partnership with Pathfinders RC&D, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - Division of Soil Conservation, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The series is funded by a grant from USDA’s...Read More
The 2012 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available online at http://sare.org/ncrsare
NCR-SARE’s Research and Education program supports innovators with competitive Research and Education grants. Individual grants range from $10,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 8-12 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
Potential applicants can contact email@example.com or 612-626-3113.
The deadline for Research and Education Program preproposals is 4:30pm CDT June...Read More
Dodgeville, WI - Simple Earth Hops (http://www.simpleearthhops.com/) announced today that Matt Sweeny is opening up the hopyard for a Spring activities workshop. Prepare to get your hands dirty as you participate in this hands-on workshop to show the Spring time maintenance in the hopyard including training hop bines and stringing the hop trellis. Attendance to this free ticketed event does require registration at http://hopyardspringtraining-efbevent.eventbrite.com/ . This event is limited to ONLY 40 tickets.
When: Saturday, May 21 · 11:00am - 2:00pm - CST
Where: Hopyard at Greenspirit, 4352...Read More
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The latest in dairy farming from the farm to the international view will be told at the Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference, July 6-8, at Joplin, Mo.
The program will be in the Holiday Inn Conference Center the first and third days. On the middle day, July 7, bus tours will go to grazing dairy farms in Southwest Missouri.
The conference held every two years brings dairy producers from across the nation and the world. Primary emphasis is on Midwest grazing.
"Most all topics will apply across the country," said Tony Rickard,...Read More
On Monday, April 11th from 1-2:30pm, The International Food Information Council Foundation and the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE) will host a webinar discussing the definition of "local" foods; the nutritional, economic and social tradeoffs of local versus other foods; and consumer insights regarding local foods.
Interest in where our food comes from, sparked by a desire for more healthful foods, and has spawned a newfound appreciation for local foods and communities. This webinar complements...Read More