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

Modern agriculture faces daunting challenges that affect us all—meeting growing demand for food, fuel and fiber while improving the quality of rural life and conserving vital natural resources. Now more than ever it’s important to find sustainable solutions to these challenges. You can participate by joining us at Our Farms, Our Future: The Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture, a once-in-a-decade conference for those interested in the future of our food system. Continue reading

UGA Extension pecan specialist believes cover crops are valuable additions to pecan orchards

by Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells recommends planting crimson clover, or a similar cover crop, in pecan orchards to supply much-needed nitrogen and build up organic matter in the soil.

Whether used in fields where row crops are produced or planted in home gardens, cover crops are most often planted during the fall. They provide nutrients that will benefit the soil profile later. Cover crops may be particularly beneficial in pecan production. Continue reading

Are You Interested in Cover Crops and Soil Health?

Pre-registration is ending next week for the Second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, being held December 7-8 in Indianapolis, IN. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, November 7th. 

After November 7th, the conference registration price goes from $150 to $200 for ag professionals (including university, agency, NGO and agribusiness staff). The farmer pre-registration fee is $90 and student fee is $50. Each of those will increase by $25 after November 7th. Continue reading

Conference on cover crops and soil health

Pre-registration is ending next week for the Second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, being held December 7-8 in Indianapolis, IN.  The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, November 7th. 

After November 7th, the conference registration price goes from $150 to $200 for ag professionals (including university, agency, NGO and agribusiness staff).  The farmer pre-registration fee is $90 and student fee is $50.  Each of those will increase by $25 after November 7th. Continue reading

New Organic Management Resource Available from SARE

Increasingly aware how food purchases affect their health and the environment, consumers are changing the way they eat. Sales of organic products in the United States totaled $47 billion in 2016, an increase of nearly $3.7 billion from 2015. But demand for many organic staples continues to outstrip domestic supplies, despite record growth in the number of new organic operations. Continue reading

Annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be used to prioritize critical issues and needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training and education programs in 2018.
 
The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 30th of November, 2017 at the Kingston Plantation Embassy Suites Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Myrtle Beach location was chosen this year to facilitate participation by many of our stakeholders who also plan to attend the Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo being held from November 27th -29th and  the South Carolina Farm Bureau (SCFB) Annual Meeting from November 30th – Dec. 2nd at the same location.

Date: Thursday, November 30th 2017

Time: 9:30 – 12:30 PM

Place: Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
~ PEMBROKE ROOM ~ 9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

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ATTRA Publication Offers Advice on Cover Crops

The type of cover crop best suited for you can vary depending on your climate, soil, and other needs. ATTRA’s recent publication, “Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas,” provides insight into the characteristics of cover crops that are better suited for areas with hot, humid summers, like the southern portions of Texas and Florida and along the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and points beyond with similar climatic conditions.

The publication addresses the challenge of organic crop production in hot, humid places through proper cover-crop selection and management. Which covers are most appropriate? Which can take the heat? You can find the answers free online at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=570. Continue reading