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Farmers, food activists, educators, and consumers to gather in February at California’s leading ecological farm conference
The Ecological Farming Association presents the 32nd Annual EcoFarm Conference, Raising Eco-Farmers’ Voices, at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, from February 1 – 4, 2012. As the oldest and largest ecological agricultural gathering in the West, the EcoFarm Conference offers more than 60 workshops, featuring a comprehensive array of educational sessions for farmers, ranchers, handlers, marketers, activists, students, and educators.
$131 Million Invested in Conservation in California in Fiscal Year 2011
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California worked hand-in-hand with thousands of farmers and ranchers, awarding $131 million to help them protect water, soil and air resources, wildlife, forests, and rangelands throughout the State in fiscal year 2011. Agricultural producers also paid approximately 50 percent of the conservation costs with their own money.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan introduces new risk management tool to help producers achieve GAP certification
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, along with leaders from food and agriculture organizations, introduced today a free online tool to help U.S. producers of all sizes achieve Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) harmonized standards and certification, helping to further expand economic opportunities for American agriculture. USDA's GAP audit verification program focuses on best agricultural practices to verify that farms are producing, and packers are handling and storing, fruits and vegetables in the safest manner possible to minimize food safety hazards. The free online tool—developed by FamilyFarmed.org with funding from USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA)—helps farmers design a customized manual to meet GAP harmonized standards and certification requirements, including USDA GAP standards, and mitigate business risks by answering just a few questions.
USDA revises National Nutrient Management Standard to achieve maximum agricultural, environmental benefits
Standard stresses increased use of technology and local information
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revised its national conservation practice standard on nutrient management to help producers better manage the application of nutrients on agricultural land. Proper application of nitrogen and phosphorus offers tremendous benefits to producers and the public, including cost savings to the producer and the protection or improvement of ground and surface water, air quality, soil quality and agricultural sustainability.
Six Year-End Tips to Reduce 2011 Taxes
The Internal Revenue Service today reminded northern and central Californians that there is still time to take action to lower 2011 federal taxes.
"In order to claim certain benefits on your 2011 taxes, you need to take action no later than Dec. 31," said IRS spokesman David Tucker. "Taking steps now could save you money when you file your taxes next year."
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2012 Agriculture Stakeholder Conference: pests, pathways, and partnerships
The purpose of this two day conference is to discuss the future of Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) initiatives and to garner input on how CBP and APHIS can better serve stakeholder needs.
Inaugural Global Food Policy Report synthesizes food policy actions and events in 2011 and provides outlook for 2012
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched the inaugural Global Food Policy Report, the first in a new annual series.
U.S.-EU Organic Trade Partnership
Organic industry representatives provide their comments