Category: News

Nutrition as a Prescription
November 30, 2017November 30, 2017
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Nutrition as a Prescription

A recent article published in the NY Times, discusses how doctors across the country are realizing the connections between illness and diet.  Instead of handing their patients pamphlets, some doctors are teaching their patients how to prepare healthy meals.  This includes building teaching kitchens next to their offices, creating food pantries, or prescribing culinary education programs...

Cover crops provide essential resting areas for migrating birds
November 29, 2017November 29, 2017
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Cover crops provide essential resting areas for migrating birds

A new study published by the University of Illinois, delves deep into the relationships between agricultural fields and migratory avian species. Graduate research assistant Cassandra Wilcoxen monitored birds in corn and soybean fields with and without cover crops.  She tracked species and counted individual birds in study sites. Fields with cover crops provided an important...

USDA and SCORE Launch Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers
November 17, 2017November 17, 2017
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USDA and SCORE Launch Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

This new collaboration between the USDA and SCORE will make the transition of owning/operating a farming business easier for those just starting out.  The average age of farmers throughout the country is 58 years, and most farmers do not have a successor who can successfully operate the business after they retire.  The USDA and SCORE...

Organic farming can combat climate change
November 15, 2017November 15, 2017
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Organic farming can combat climate change

A recent article published in The Guardian, investigates the ways that organic farming can cut greenhouse gas emissions. A study published in Nature Communications goes further into specifics including carbon sequestration, vegetarian diets, and cutting food waste that could fed the projected 9 million people by 2050 without increasing agricultural acreage.  Scientists are debating the models since...

Veterans in Agriculture
November 13, 2017November 13, 2017
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Veterans in Agriculture

Each year, thousands of veterans leave service and can find a new career path in the agricultural sector.  The USDA can help veterans transition into agriculture by providing loans for purchasing or leasing land.  The USDA has also recently partnered with SCORE to provide mentorship programs to veterans and beginning farmers.  Army veterans Tom and...

Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed Presents Warnings on Chlorpyrifos
October 30, 2017October 30, 2017
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Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed Presents Warnings on Chlorpyrifos

The Sunday, October 29, 2017 New York Times Sunday Review, page 9, features an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof that discusses the dangers of the current administration’s rejection of the ban on chlorpyrifos. Kristof says, “President Trump’s E.P.A. is fine with children eating food tainted by a pesticide derived from a nerve gas.” Please follow the...

2018 Farm Bill Priorities
October 27, 2017October 27, 2017
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2018 Farm Bill Priorities

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has put together its comprehensive 2018 Farm Bill policy platform.  Months of research and teamwork with grassroots stakeholders has produced a comprehensive vision of recommendations for sustainable farm and food systems.  Their recommendations include the modernization of crop insurance, investment in public plant breeding, advancing land stewardship, and increasing opportunities...

Help us re-plant Puerto Rico’s food supply!
October 17, 2017October 17, 2017
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Help us re-plant Puerto Rico’s food supply!

Puerto Rico is facing many challenges after Hurricane Maria swept through the island in September.  People are still without power, and clean water and food supplies are dangerously low.   Puerto Rican farmers have lost thousands of dollars worth of crops.  Farmers are desperately in need of seeds, small hand tools, gloves, germination supplies, preserved food...

Women in Agriculture Conference
October 16, 2017October 16, 2017
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Women in Agriculture Conference

On December 9 from 9 am-3 pm the role of women in agriculture will be celebrated at the Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Center.  The conference is offered by Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Farm Credit and Appalachian Sustainable Development and features educational workshops, a trade show, and networking opportunities. Dr....

Pest Advisory: Spotted Lanternfly
October 10, 2017October 10, 2017
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Pest Advisory: Spotted Lanternfly

New Jersey is preparing for an invasion of a tree-killing pest, the spotted lanternfly.  The spotted lanternfly hails from Asia, where natural predators keep the insect at bay.  Discovered in  Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014 the insect attacks as many as 70 tree and plant species including fruit trees and hardwoods.  The insect has now...