New Tipsheet Shows Sheep Producers A Tool for Reducing Parasite Problems

The Barber Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus) ultimately becomes a major source of concern on every irrigated or high-rainfall sheep operation. It has a proven track record that has resulted in areas of the United States becoming unable to raise sheep or goats. Fecal Egg Counts (FEC) and FAMACHA© are two of the main tools that producers can use to successfully reduce Barber Pole Worm infections.

This new tipsheet, How Fecal Egg Counts Can Help You Fight Parasites, by NCAT agriculture specialist and owner of Montana Highland Lamb Dave Scott, offers advice on using FEC to build resilience and resistance in your flocks. Continue reading

Integrated Pest Management Tip Sheet Helps Keep Gophers Under Control

Gophers are more than simple nuisances. The burrowing rodents that can cause significant damage on agricultural operations.

“Gophers: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet” by NCAT Agriculture Specialist Martin Guerena briefly discusses management options, including habitat modification, exclusion, repellents, predators, traps, baiting, and crop rotation. Continue reading

Find Indicators of Soil Health in New Video

The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s short video, Soil Aggregate Stability: Visual Indicators of Soil Health, shows the dramatic differences in aggregate stability that result from different management practices of the exact same soil type. The narration by NCAT California Regional Office Director Rex Dufour explains why aggregate stability is so important as an indicator of soil health, and how soil health can be supported.

View it for free at the NCAT YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giDduFw1Ybo.

The video is also available in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVgpVIm6bE8&feature=youtu.be.

 

“Our Farms, Our Futures” Conference Explores Sustainable Ag

On April 3-5, NCAT and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program will bring the nation’s leading farmers, ranchers, researchers, and educators to St. Louis to take on that question during the Our Farms, Our Future Conference.

They will address major food sustainability trends with presentations by a diverse group of farmers and ranchers using a wide range of innovative systems to sustainably produce vegetables, grains, fruit, cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock.

The conference will feature plenary sessions and workshops for grain, livestock and specialty crop producers, along with cutting-edge material for researchers, educators, agency leaders, and non-profit representatives.  Continue reading

Our Farms, Our Future Conference: Crafting a Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

What’s your vision for the future of sustainable agriculture? Join our nation’s leading farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators in St. Louis on April 3-5, 2018 to explore a wide range of innovative, sustainable solutions to agriculture’s most pressing dilemmas.

The Our Farms, Our Future Conference will address major food sustainability trends with presentations by a diverse group of farmers and ranchers using a wide range of systems to produce vegetables, grains, fruit, cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock sustainably.

Please join us! Register now. Continue reading

ATTRA Tipsheet Can Help You Control Whiteflies

Whiteflies are tiny, white insects that cause crop losses on a global scale. This tipsheet, “Whiteflies – Botanical Control Formulations,” offers advice and direction on eliminating these pests through botanical pesticides.

Download the publication free at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=576. Continue reading

New ATTRA Farm-Safety Resources Help Growers Understand Regulations

Editor’s note: This post isn’t directly related to pest management, but since pest management is part of food safety, I thought the information may be useful to your stakeholders.

Now that food safety regulations are being implemented under the Food Safety Modernization Act, many growers are confused about how the regulations apply to their farms. Regardless of whether a farm is exempt from the regulations or not, it is important to have an understanding of food safety risks on your own farm and apply simple food safety measures. Continue reading