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Manage Weeds on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies, is a new SARE publication, available free as a pdf.
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The April 2022 issue of Field Notes covers weed management, cover crops as pest control, birds laying earlier, silvopasture, and more! Read on!
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A newly published study makes a fresh tally of the benefits of silvopasture systems in agroforestry, but also charts common challenges.
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Getting the worm, or getting warmer? Many birds are laying their eggs a month or more earlier now than in the 1800s, new research shows.
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A new study found that cover crops were more effective than insecticides at protecting corn and soybeans from insect pests.
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Events/Training

May
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Grant Application Deadline: Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
May 16 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, funds projects that develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

Supported activities may include developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant, and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities.

A 25% match is required. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofits, agricultural businesses and cooperatives, and others.

Applications are due by May 16, 2022.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or email the FMPP staff.

Grant Application Deadline: Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)
May 16 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Grants can be used for the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise or to improve or expand a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure by performing feasibility studies, market research, training and technical assistance  for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise. A 25% match is required.

Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products. Such entities may include:

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be considered eligible. Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives.
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations.
  • Food councils.
  • Economic development corporations.
  • Local governments.
  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations.
  • Producer networks or associations.
  • Regional farmers’ market authorities.
  • Tribal governments.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2022 Request for Applications is May 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information or to apply, visit the LFPP website, or email the LFPP staff.

Grant Application Deadline: Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP)
May 16 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP)

The Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) program supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The program focuses on strengthening the viability and resilience of regional food economies through collaboration and coordination.

Applications are due by May 16, 2022.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or email the RFSP staff.

May
20
Fri
World Bee Day
May 20 all-day
World Bee Day

Happy World Bee Day!  Celebrate by learning more about these amazing, important creatures.

Success in Summer @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Success in Summer @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Join this OSU Extension workshop to learn how to achieve success in summer activities like vegetable gardening, watering, lawn management, and cooking summer vegetables.

For more information or to register, contact Janet Birchall by email or phone (405-713-1125).

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