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We’re All Over The Map!

Our specialists are presenting workshops and trainings all across the country in the coming weeks. They will be talking about everything from transitioning to organics to pastured poultry to appropriate tools and equipment to business and risk management – and everything in-between. Check out the calendar and see who is appearing near you!



Sustainable Agriculture

The ATTRA project has served as the premier source of information about sustainable agriculture for U.S. farmers and other agriculturists for more than twenty years. What is ATTRA? In this video, staff members introduce ATTRA’s resources and mission.


Save Energy

For more than 32 years NCAT’s energy team has helped implement energy conservation and efficiency improvements that result in cost savings while directly impacting climate change. Our specialists have expertise in commercial, residential, and farm energy. More information can be found on our Energy Page.


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Conference: NCAT’s Harvesting Clean Energy
Topic: Harvesting Clean Energy
Presenter: NCAT Specialists
Location: BIllings, Montana
Date: 2015-09-30
Registration Info: Planning is underway for this year’s Harvesting Clean Energy conference, and you should check the website,, for updates and registration information. This conference is the premier gathering of the agriculture, forestry, and energy industries and will help advance rural economic development through clean energy development, and explore maximizing profits by practicing good stewardship.
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Posted: 2015-02-09 11:32:00
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Conference: NCAT Energy Rater and ENERGY STAR Training
Topic: Home Energy Raters (HERS) Training
Presenter: Dale Horton, ~NCAT Sustainable Energy Program Manager
Location: Missoula, MT
Date: 2015-05-11
Registration Info: This workshop will provide comprehensive energy auditor training with an emphasis on new residential construction and the Home Energy Raters rating process. This training is intended to prepare the participant to take the tests necessary to become a certified HERS Rater, a Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes Verifier, and a Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes Performance Tester.

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Posted: 2015-01-29 15:16:26
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Conference: NCAT’s Armed to Farm Conference
Topic: Military Veterans, Is Farming For You?
Presenter: NCAT Specialists
Location: Castroville, Texas
Date: 2015-04-13
Registration Info: Applications from military veterans are now being accepted for this special week-long training that blends farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. You must be a military veteran to attend. Deadline to apply is March 6, 2015.
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Posted: 2015-02-09 11:38:03
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Conference: Planning For On-Farm Success – Bozeman
Topic: Financing Your Farm and Managing Your Risk
Presenter: Tammy Howard and Jeff Schahczenski, ~NCAT Specialists
Location: Bozeman, Montana
Date: 2015-03-18
Registration Info: One is a series of workshops offered by NCAT, Montana State University Extension, Prospera Business Network, Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and others. The workshop will focus on finding financing for your farm, and managing your risks through new insurance options.
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Posted: 2015-02-09 10:58:18
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Conference: California Small Farms Conference
Topic: Innovations In Conserving Water Resources
Presenter: Rex Dufour, ~NCAT Western Regional Director
Location: San Diego, California
Date: 2015-03-08
Registration Info: This conference aims to promote the success and viability of small and family-owned farming operations and farmers’ markets through short courses, tours and workshops. Opportunities for advancement in production, business management and direct marketing will be presented In addition to the conserving resources presentation at a field day on Sunday, Rex will also deliver a workshop during Monday’s sessions about soil organic matter, soil health, and the drought.
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Posted: 2015-02-09 11:11:33
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NCAT Newsletters


    A monthly newsletter featuring local solutions for a sustainable future.
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  • ATTRAnews

    Six times each year, the free ATTRAnews brings you up to date on the latest developments in sustainable agriculture, what's happening at the USDA and with Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups around the country.
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  • Weekly Harvest

    Issued every Wednesday, the Weekly Harvest e-newsletter is a Web digest of sustainable agriculture news, resources, events and funding opportunities gleaned from the Internet and featured on the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website.
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  • Cosecha Mensual

    NCAT's Spanish-language electronic newsletter on sustainable agriculture is issued monthly. Subscribers enjoy news items and reviews of Spanish-language resources.
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  • The Networker

    A quarterly bulletin compiled by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse.
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  • SIFT News

    SIFT (Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program) was created to help every community increase their food security by producing their own healthy food. SIFT, with NCAT, is developing a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at our Butte, Montana, headquarters. Learn how to commercially produce high-value, nutrient-rich food on small parcels of land.
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  • Montana DIRT e-news

    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from NCAT's food and ag programs in Montana.
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  • Southeast DIRT e-news

    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from the Southeast Regional Office.
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    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from the Gulf States Regional Office.
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