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Fall on the Demonstration Farm: Season of Transition

Fall on the Demonstration Farm: Season of Transition

Farm Manager Sam Humphrey has been transitioning from summer crops to fall crops for weeks now.  It is a slow process as summer crops gradually taper off.  Meanwhile the fall crops that thrive in cooler weather make the journey from seed to transplant to field. Sam has pulled out the tomatoes that he painstakingly grew… Read More >

Energy Audits Available for Healthcare Facilities

Energy Audits Available for Healthcare Facilities

Our Energy Services team is working with the Montana Facility Finance Authority (MFFA) to help nonprofit hospitals, clinics, senior living facilities, group homes, and pre-release centers become more energy efficient. MFFA is providing grants of up to $15,000 to these nonprofits so that our professional staff can conduct an energy audit of your facility. NCAT… Read More >

‘Grant Writing for Farmers’ Workshop Proves Popular

‘Grant Writing for Farmers’ Workshop Proves Popular

Producers can add value to raw agricultural products in a multitude of ways such as drying or canning, but often this requires an upfront investment in materials, processing equipment, or marketing that can be difficult to fund. This is where a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) can help, but the application process can be daunting. … Read More >

First Workshop in Series a Success

First Workshop in Series a Success

Back in the heat of August, around 30 farmers convened at the 34th Street Wholistic Garden & Education Center in Gulfport, MS, for a hands-on workshop titled “Growing in the City.”  Gulf States Regional Director Rock Woods and Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell joined with 34th Street’s Executive Director, Mr. James Franklin, to lead this one-day workshop,… Read More >

NCAT Hosting Small Farm Equipment Workshop in Mississippi

NCAT Hosting Small Farm Equipment Workshop in Mississippi

Farms come in all types and sizes, from hundreds of acres to tens of square feet.  Knowing what tools are the best fit for your purpose, scale of operation, and budget can be hard.  An upcoming workshop in Mound Bayou, MS, will be focused on how to select the right equipment for a wide range… Read More >

NCAT Specialist Pens Biochar Article

NCAT Specialist Pens Biochar Article

NCAT’s own Jeff Schahczenski, agriculture and economics specialist, published an article about biochar and organic agriculture that was featured in the Organic Farmer magazine. Jeff writes that biochar in agriculture has become a “movement” but points out the difficulties in even establishing a definition for it. “The range of topics and issues surrounding biochar are… Read More >

Battling Borers in Organic Apple Production

Battling Borers in Organic Apple Production

NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames has operated Ames Orchard & Nursery since 1983. In this guest post, he shares his hard-earned wisdom on strategies for dealing with apple tree borers. ORGANIC APPLE PRODUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES has many challenges, and controlling trunk borers is one of the most serious. Left unchallenged, borers can… Read More >

Thompson Takes NCAT Helm

Thompson Takes NCAT Helm

Steve Thompson has been named the new Executive Director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Thompson replaces Kathleen Hadley, who has served as the organization’s leader since 1997 and on staff for over 30 years. Ms. Hadley, who is retiring, will remain in an advisory role for the organization for the near future.… Read More >

Register Today for Oct. 18 Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop

Register Today for Oct. 18 Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the University of Arkansas are teaming up to offer a workshop for beginning livestock farmers on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The workshop will take place at The Farm at Barefoot Bend in Lonsdale, Arkansas, which is located between Little Rock and Hot Springs. NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and… Read More >

Apply Now for ATTRA Farm Management Course

Apply Now for ATTRA Farm Management Course

Are you ready to take your farm to the next level? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is now accepting applications from farmers who would like to participate in the “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level” training course. This six-part course will equip farmers and ranchers with the business and financial management skills… Read More >