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Ruminating on Small Ruminants at the Missouri Livestock Symposium

Ruminating on Small Ruminants at the Missouri Livestock Symposium

NCAT Southeast Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey traveled to Kirksville, Missouri, last week for the very popular Missouri Livestock Symposium, which draws thousands of attendees from across the U.S. Linda shares her reflections on the trip below. Friday Evening Activities and Keynote I enjoyed representing NCAT at the Missouri Livestock Symposium. As usual, a great crowd… Read More >

Meeting with a Mission: Helping Veterans Succeed in Agriculture

Meeting with a Mission: Helping Veterans Succeed in Agriculture

NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and Armed to Farm Coordinator Robyn Metzger recently traveled to Kansas City for the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) Stakeholders Conference. Following is their report on the trip. From November 14-17, we joined hundreds of farmer-veterans, representatives from government agencies, and other support organizations at the FVC Stakeholders Conference. These… Read More >

NCAT Partnering With Foot Print Farms for Upcoming Workshop

NCAT Partnering With Foot Print Farms for Upcoming Workshop

Local farms play a critical role in increasing healthy food access for urban and rural communities alike.  An upcoming workshop in Jackson, MS, will be highlighting opportunities in urban farming, backyard production, and marketing direct to consumers and restaurants, as well as other related topics.  The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), with the support… Read More >

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 >