News and Events

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 new guide and reports can be a valuable, time-saving resource for farms and ranches adding e-commerce to their direct marketing.
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The March 2022 issue of Field Notes covers collards, fireflies, rating organic beef, online direct marketing platforms, and more! Read on!
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This book is an interesting study on the history of collards, a food plant tied to the southern United States.
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A new report from the Xerces Society is helping to fill in gaps in data on which species of fireflies may be endangered - and what we can do.
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The February 2022 issue of Field Notes covers sustainable livestock conference scholarships, blackeyed peas, free milkweeds, and more! Read on!
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This recent edition of an old classic is the perfect book for someone who wants to sample stories about various heirloom vegetables.
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The Kerr Center is taking applications for the position of Full Charge Bookkeeper and Executive Administrative Assistant. Apply today!
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The January 2022 issue of Field Notes covers climate volatility and season extension, weed management, agrivoltaics, and more. Read on!
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Upcoming Events

May
24
Tue
Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? (webinar) @ online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm
Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? (webinar) @ online

Can We Grow Crops and Monarchs? Risks and Benefits of Monarch Habitat in Agricultural Landscapes Join this free webinar with presenters Steven Bradbury (Iowa State University) and Dr. Niranjana Krishnan (Missouri S&T).

This free webinar is first-come, first-served, with a capacity of 500 attendees. Register early to ensure a place.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact Stacy Carlson by email or phone (651-222-7631).

Grant Application Deadline: Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)
May 24 @ 10:59 pm
Grant Application Deadline: Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)

May 24, 2022, is the deadline to apply for a Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) from the USDA.

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program assists currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

The MPIRG focuses on:

  • Improving meat and poultry slaughter and processing capacity and efficiency;
  • Developing new and expanding existing markets;
  • Increasing capacity and better meeting consumer and producer demand;
  • Maintaining strong inspection and food safety standards;
  • Obtaining a larger commercial presence; and
  • Increasing access to slaughter/processing facilities for smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2022 Request for Applications is May 24, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information or to apply, visit the MPIRG website, or email Eric Bozoian.

May
26
Thu
Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition @ online
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition @ online

NCAT is presenting a free, four-part webinar series led by agriculture specialists Justin Morris and Lee Rinehart. Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition focuses on advanced concepts in taking regenerative grazing to the next level. Dates are April 21, May 12, May 26, and June 9, 2022.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact NCAT by email or phone (406-494-4572).

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Field Notes April 2022

Field Notes – April 2022

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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