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Seedstock Digest: Sustainable Ag and Tech News

April 27, 2011 |

ATTRA Funding CutDespite losing its federal funding and suffering staff cuts across all of its offices, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) remains committed to its goal of providing sustainable agriculture services. To make up for this budgetary shortfall, ATTRA, a 501(c)3, is exploring funding options that range from charging a small access fee for its publications to bolstering its efforts to procure donations from foundations, corporations and individuals.  Kathleen Hadley, Executive Director of National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), which oversees ATTRA, says that it “cannot just abandon those individuals who have come to rely on our expertise and research-based solutions to agricultural challenges.”  Read More

Survey Says: On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Thriving

March 23, 2011 |

According to a USDA survey, on-farm renewable energy production continues to grow in rural America.   More than 8,500 farm operators are currently producing renewable energy using methane digesters, solar panels, and wind turbines.  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hopes the survey will encourage more operators to produce their own energy.  Vilsack noted that: “The reality is there is a significant energy savings and a money savings associated with these operations. And so as farmers and ranchers and growers learn about the fact that they can save $2,500 or so on their energy bills they may be more interested in this.”  Read More