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December 18, 2019December 18, 2019
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USDA’s Rural Development Introduces Value Added Producer Grants

The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting applications for Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG).  The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. As a Producer...

November 30, 2019November 30, 2019
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New Jersey Farm Service Agency Announces Loan Rates for December 2019

Price Support Loans Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) ProgramNew: Road tractors and propane storage tanks, when part of a grain drying system, are now eligible for FSFLs.  3   year loan – 1.625% 5   year loan – 1.625% 7   year loan – 1.750% 10 year loan – 1.875%  12 year loan – 1.875% FSFL Microloans are also...

Pills, Procedures or Plants
September 15, 2019January 7, 2020
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Pills, Procedures or Plants

Learn how changing What you Eat Can Transform Your Health and Combat Climate Change October 6, 2019 at 4 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton NJ 08540

September 15, 2019September 15, 2019
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Upcoming Deadlines for Grant Applications

The SARE Farmer Rancher Grant is due December 5. The MN Dept. of Agriculture AGRI Grants: Crop Research Grants — November 26 Dairy Farm Improvement Grant — talk to MDA agent Beginning Farmer Farm Business Management Scholarships — talk to MDA agent Farm to Early Care and Education Grants — November 7 Farm to School Grants — November 7 Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices...

August 26, 2019August 26, 2019
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UNDERSTANDING ORGANIC FARMING – SEVEN POINTS by Eliot Coleman

1. Real organic farming is based on the creation and maintenance of a biologically active fertile soil. 2. Organic farming succeeds because of the benefits derived from that fertile soil. Successful production of pest-free plants and animals with active immune systems is a direct outcome of farming a biologically active fertile soil that scientific studies...

Why Food Matters More Than You Think: From Plate to Planet
August 12, 2019August 12, 2019
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Why Food Matters More Than You Think: From Plate to Planet

Food impacts everything, which is why changing the way we eat and working towards a new food system can be so powerful and far-reaching. Cooking at home used to be the norm but it’s become the exception. Food marketing has convinced us our kitchens are holding us hostage and that true freedom is convenience, found...

Healthy soils can mitigate climate change
November 21, 2018January 7, 2020
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Healthy soils can mitigate climate change

Food production levels can survive at the same pace-or perhaps increase-with best soil management practices.  Climate change models should include soil organic carbon to determine its effects on global food production and sustainability. Research completed by Professor Bruno Basso of Michigan State University is the first of its kind to provide critical insight into the...

NY Times Article: Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?
November 14, 2018January 7, 2020
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NY Times Article: Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?

A French study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 70,000 adults for five years to gather evidence on whether eating organic foods lowered participant’s risk of developing cancer. Most volunteers where women in their mid-40s who provided information about how frequently they consume 16 different types of organic foods. Those who ate the most organic...

Managing Garden Pests
November 1, 2018November 1, 2018
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Managing Garden Pests

A challenge to all backyard gardeners, managing pest populations helps to ensure a healthy ecosystem and productive yields. There are a number of different ways to manage garden pests without using pesticides. Implement IPM strategies such as identification, monitoring, and intervention.  Always inspect your plants to correctly identify the pest. Monitor vulnerable areas for pests...