Category Archives: In the Spotlight

It’s #GivingTuesday!

It’s #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.


You can give back to your community today by making a gift to support NCAT’s programs and services.  Just visit, and donate $100, or whatever you can afford.

If you share our commitment to helping those less fortunate tackle food, agriculture and energy issues, then today is the day to be generous.

Please help NCAT continue to help needy families conserve and reduce energy use in their homes to lower their utility bills.

Your generous donation will help NCAT help disadvantaged children and families gain better access to healthy, local foods.

Give so NCAT can help struggling farmers and ranchers to find new markets, preserve their soil health, and make a good living.

Be part of this international movement that raised over $117 million in 2015, and help create a better world.

Make your tax-deductible gift now at

Thank you for caring and sharing this #GivingTuesday!




ATTRAGRAM Photo Winners Announced

ATTRAGRAM Photo Winners Announced

The ATTRAGRAM photo contest, held in conjunction with NCAT’s 40th anniversary celebrations, is over and the winners have been chosen. Award-winning photojournalist Walter Hinick and NCAT staff judged the contest, and the public was invited to vote on the photos as well for a “People’s Choice” award. The winning photo in each category was awarded… Continue Reading

NCAT Is 40!

On August 19 from 10 to noon, NCAT celebrated our 40th anniversary and dedicated the new solar array at our Butte, Montana, headquarters building. The public was invited and all enjoyed workshops, farm tours, and family activities. Continue Reading

Be An Energy Corps Service Member!

You can get involved in energy conservation, energy education, alternative energies, green building, and community organizing as an Energy Corps AmeriCorps service member. We are now accepting applications for a variety of positions in Montana for 2016-2017. Apply today and start on the path to a rewarding year – and earn money for education, too! Continue Reading

Calling Military Veterans!

NCAT will hold an Armed to Farm training in August for military veterans and their spouses in the West. This FREE week-long training includes classroom and on-farm instruction that will give participants a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise. Deadline to apply is July 22, so click here now… Continue Reading

Are You A Veteran Living in New York State?

If so, here’s your chance to attend our next Armed to Farm training. Set for August 8 through 12 in Hamilton, New York, the FREE week-long training will include a combination of classroom sessions, farm tours, and hands-on activities. Click here to learn more and to apply. Hurry – deadline to apply is July 1! Continue Reading

Sustainable Agriculture Jobs Available!

NCAT is recruiting for two positions in sustainable agriculture: a Food Justice Project Coordinator based in either Mississippi or Montana, and a Sustainable Agriculture Project Coordinator based in Butte, Montana. These are great jobs working with a great team. All the details are here. Apply today! Continue Reading

Calling All Military Veterans!

Another Armed to Farm training is set for June 6 through 10 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  This FREE signature training gives military veterans and their spouses an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable small-scale farming enterprises and examine farming as a viable career.  Click here for more information and to submit an application. Continue Reading

Managed Grazing Tutorial

Managed Grazing Tutorial

Have you heard? Changing the way you manage your grazing animals can change the condition of your land and finances for the better. Our new tutorial spells out how you can manage your livestock to improve your soil health, your pasture condition and your bottom line. And it’s free! Get started today. Continue Reading

Thank You!

All of us at NCAT are grateful for your support and commitment to our work during 2015.  Thanks to your ongoing help, we look forward to another great year in 2016, providing assistance with sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture challenges.  Happy New Year! Continue Reading

Help Kids and Families Thrive

Help Kids and Families Thrive

We weatherize homes and apartments in low-income neighborhoods, teach veterans and family farmers how to grow and market healthy food, and educate our school kids about why and how to eat local, healthy foods.  Help us keep doing this important work so that kids and families eat healthier, save energy, and support their local farmers… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

All of us at NCAT wish you and yours a bright holiday season and a New Year of hope, health, and happiness! Continue Reading

‘Tis The Season To Give!

This holiday season, celebrate by helping those less fortunate. If you give a tax-deductible gift to NCAT, you’ll be doing just that: enabling us to provide energy efficiency and bill payment assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Help families stay warm this winter: Please make your contribution today. Continue Reading

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Speaks

Lillian Salerno, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Policy, was the keynote speaker at this fall’s Harvesting Clean Energy conference.  She talked about the economic opportunities brought to rural communities by agricultural energy development.  Click here to hear the full presentation. Continue Reading

Thank You!

Many thanks to everyone who “got the give out” yesterday for #GivingTuesday.  We very much appreciate the generosity of our many friends who donated to help us serve the energy needs of low-income and disadvantaged people. If you missed your chance, you can still make a gift and make a difference in thousands of lives… Continue Reading

It’s #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is here!  Join with millions of people around the globe in giving back to your community today.  You can help NCAT with a charitable gift today that will enable us to weatherize more homes for low-income folks and help the disadvantaged find assistance with their heating bills.  Click here to make your donation now! Continue Reading

#GivingTuesday Is Coming!

Save the date: #GivingTuesday 2015 is December 1. You can be part of this international celebration by giving back to NCAT and all the sustainable agriculture and sustainable energy communities. Visit to learn more and to join the movement!   Continue Reading

Join NCAT’s IT Team!

NCAT is seeking a Web Design Specialist and a Web Developer to join our team of IT experts at our headquarters in Butte, MT. These are excellent opportunities for the right individuals to enhance NCAT’s web presence and better serve our staff and clients. Both positions require a BA or BS, and work experience in… Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendars!

The 14th annual Harvesting Clean Energy conference will take place September 30 – October 2, 2015, at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana. NCAT is again the host for this premier event offering advice and information to the agriculture, forestry, and energy industries to advance rural economic development through clean energy development,… Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed

NCAT’s Montana FoodCorps and Energy Corps AmeriCorps programs are co-sponsoring the family area of the Montana Folk Festival in Butte. If you are excited about making seed art, painting murals, making playdough pasta, getting your hands dirty, and listening to folk music, please join us as a volunteer for a few hours July 11 and 12. Contact our FoodCorps… Continue Reading

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Explained

There’s a new crop insurance option now available for diversified farmers – Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, or WFRP – and an upcoming webinar will help farmers understand whether it’s right for them. NCAT and its partners the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) are holding a webinar on January 21 at 3:00 p.m.… Continue Reading

Don’t Miss the Urban Farming Webinar!

Learn about the risks and rewards that urban farmers face in our free January 15 webinar, “Managing Risks on an Urban Farm.” This webinar will focus on the risk management strategies of two urban farms and how they have overcome several of the barriers facing urban farmers today. NCAT’s Andy Pressman will serve as moderator,… Continue Reading

The Season of Giving

It’s the time of year to share good wishes and gifts with family and friends.  Won’t you include NCAT on your gift list this holiday?  Your contribution helps us help kids and families live better through healthier foods, reduced energy costs, and stronger local economies.  AND make your donation by December 31st, and receive a tax deduction! … Continue Reading

Helping Veterans

NCAT’s Armed to Farm program has been in the news lately, and for good reason: we help military veterans discover sustainable agriculture production as both a profitable career and a viable option for healing from the trauma of war. NCAT has been involved in targeted veteran outreach and assistance since 2010, and has hosted and… Continue Reading

It’s #GivingTuesday!

Get the give out!  It’s #GivingTuesday, a day set aside for everyone to practice personal philanthropy and encourage bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season. You can be part of the movement by making your donation TODAY to support NCAT’s critical work.  Help us reach our goal of $2,500 for our residential energy efficiency work… Continue Reading

Tomorrow Is #GivingTuesday!

Are you ready to “get the give out?”  Tuesday, December 2, is #GivingTuesday, a day to inspire everyone to practice personal philanthropy and encourage bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season. You can be part of the movement by making your donation to support NCAT’s critical work.  We are seeking to raise… Continue Reading

Armed to Farm Program Helps Veterans

NCAT’s Armed to Farm program has been in the news lately, and for good reason: we help military veterans discover sustainable agriculture production as both a profitable career and a viable option for healing from the trauma of war. NCAT has been involved in targeted veteran outreach and assistance since 2010, and has hosted and… Continue Reading

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Sound and Sensible Organics

Join our Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods and Specialist Felicia Bell for a day-long workshop on November 7 about organic certification in Mississippi.  The workshop, which is part of the Mississippi Food Summit and Agricultural Revival conference, will provide an overview of the National Organic Program of the USDA and certified organic regulations and recordkeeping… Continue Reading

Farm to Healthcare Conference Set

Join us in Montana for the Nourishing People and Sustaining Communities Conference on November 7, 2014. Along with partner Livingston HealthCare, NCAT is sponsoring this effort to bring together hospital dieticians, foodservice managers, assisted living directors, and farmers, ranchers, and producers from around Montana to discuss the challenges and opportunities of bringing local, fresh, healthy foods into healthcare facilities for the benefit of patients, staff and communities. For more information and to register, visit Continue Reading

NCAT Awarded National Grant

Is organic farming risky? NCAT will be taking an in-depth look atusda nifa new that question over the next four years, thanks to a [php]echo ‘$’;[/php]750,000 USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture Organic Research and Extension Initiative Program grant to explore organic farming’s risk as well as whether the general lack of quality crop insurance acts as a barrier to the expansion of diversified organic systems of food production and markets. Continue Reading

Energy Corps Wants You!

Interested in making a real difference that will help people and protect our natural resources? Passionate about energy conservation and efficiencies? Join NCAT’s Energy Corps program and help communities implement solutions for sustainable energy consumption. We are currently accepting applications for Energy Corps member positions right now in Montana. Learn more about the program and application process. Continue Reading

New Annual Report Available

NCAT’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2013 is now available. Showcasing our work “by the numbers,” the report details achievements in our Energy Services program, our ATTRA program, the Energy Corps AmeriCorps program, our local foods efforts, and more. Click here to read all the highlights of another successful year for all our programs and services. Continue Reading

Don’t Miss The Urban Farms Webinar

Are urban farms really viable for commercial purposes?  Get the answer to this and other challenges surrounding urban agriculture at our April 29th webinar, “Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?”  NCAT’s agriculture specialist Andy Pressman is one of two featured speakers who will cover the latest research on urban farming.  Continue Reading

Support Funding For ATTRA

NCAT’s ATTRA program is a gold mine of information for farmers, ranchers, and policy makers. It is a one-stop shop for producers and agricultural information providers across the U.S. seeking information, educational resources and technical assistance. Right now legislators are making decisions about funding for agricultural programs like ATTRA for the coming year.  As demand for… Continue Reading

Join The Conversation!

We have a public forum on our ATTRA, National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. This is an educational spot for the exchange of ideas about sustainable agriculture.  Click here to join today and share your knowledge and learn new techniques. Continue Reading

Join Us in Jackson, Mississippi!

NCAT is hosting an open house on Friday, February 21st, from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of our sixth regional office in Jackson, Mississippi.  Join us for a great evening with our board and staff, and network with others interested in sustainable agriculture and energy. RSVP to Regional Director Rockiell Woods at… Continue Reading

Join the Conversation

We’ve launched a new public forum focused on sustainable agriculture. Called the FarmerKnowsBest Forum, it is intended to strengthen and support research and education in sustainable agriculture. Continue Reading

2014 HCE Call for Presentations/Papers

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) invites the submission of papers/presentations for the 13th Annual Harvesting Clean Energy Conference to be held in Helena, Montana on February 4-6, 2014. Continue Reading

By The (Big) Numbers

Congratulations to members of our Energy Services team for their great work with the city of Billings, MT, which reduces energy usage in city facilities. Thanks to our staff, and a team of individuals from the city, NorthWestern Energy, McKinstry Essention, Inc., and DNV KEMA, these high-efficiency lighting design projects have reduced the monthly energy… Continue Reading

Energy Corps Members Wanted!

Join the NCAT team and help others live more sustainable lifestyles. We are seeking Energy Corps members in both Pennsylvania and Montana. This is an entry-level position ideal for a candidate wanting to gain valuable experience in energy efficiency and community engagement. Please visit our available positions page for complete descriptions application information. Continue Reading

New Gulf States Regional Office Open!

NCAT is pleased to announce the opening of our seventh regional office this month, this one located in Jackson, Mississippi. Recognizing a great need for services in the Gulf States, we launched this new office to provide assistance and information specifically targeted to the agriculture producers in this region. Continue Reading