Source: Decorah Newspaper
Dan and Bonnie Beard and family invite everyone on a tour of their organic farm at an upcoming field day Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Attendees will learn about the new fencing and watering system for their beef cattle, as well as their organic sheep and dairy operations. Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service staff will provide information on making the transition to organic farming and how to simplify the paperwork required to comply with new organic pasture regulations for ruminants.
This free event, "Fencing and Watering for Organic Beef,...Read More
Source: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
June 8th, 2011 by Andy Mason, Director, National Agroforestry Center
Nicola Macpherson knows the benefits of agroforestry. After all, she has the success of her farm, Timber Farms in the Sink, and her business, Ozark Forest Mushrooms, as proof.
“We have a wealth of forestry and trees. It’s just not fields,” Macpherson said of her family-owned farm Timber about three hours outside of St. Louis. “Agroforestry is a great way to utilize your wood, manage your forest and have a business. A lot of locals are woods people. It’s a good business model...Read More
Nebraska SARE is sponsoring High Tunnel Training for Ag Educators at two locations in Nebraska, June 21st in Lincoln and June 22nd in North Platte.
This is an opportunity to learn about High Tunnel Construction, Production, and Management, and visit a High Tunnel. This program is for all ag educators, including Extension Educators, NRCS Staff, Vocational Agriculture teachers and others that work with ag producers and potential ag producers.
While registration is free, participants must pre-register by June 14th and June 15th for the Lincoln and North Platte locations respectively. Register...Read More
Grant information, videos, books, online courses, profiles of cutting-edge, on-farm research and much more—it's all available with a click of your mouse at the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program's (SARE) new websites.
Visit any of SARE's redesigned national or regional sites and navigate seamlessly between them to find a wealth of information about where America's farmers, ranchers and ag professionals live and work. A state-of-the-art...Read More
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
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
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