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Spring is in bloom here in the Southeast!

Spring flowersOur staff spent the winter speaking at events, conducting webinars, writing publications, planning events, and more. We're excited to introduce a new Current Topic feature to our newsletter. Each quarter we'll highlight a trending or seasonally-appropriate agriculture subject, along with links to resources with practical applications for farms.

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—Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director

Current Topic: Small Ruminant Parasites

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Ah, spring! It's a lovely time of year on the farm: pastures green up, baby animals are born… and internal parasite eggs hatch into larvae that sheep and goats ingest. Internal parasites such as Haemonchus contortus (barberpole worm) are the worst health problem for small ruminants, and can be devastating to a flock or herd. These parasites are especially difficult to manage because of developed resistance to nearly all available dewormers. Producers can take heart, though! Researchers are working hard to find new ways to fight internal parasites, and there are already several strategies farmers can use to keep their animals healthy and thriving.

The American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) is an international group that includes ag educators, scientists, veterinarians, and extension specialists who conduct and share cutting-edge research on managing internal parasites. You can follow their progress and learn about new methods for parasite control such as worm-trapping fungus, essential oils, breeding strategies, and more on their website.

NCAT Livestock Specialists Linda Coffey, Margo Hale, and Dave Scott are members of the ACSRPC. Linda, Margo, and Dave have produced many publications, videos, tip sheets, and other resources on small ruminant production. You'll find them all on the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. Dave also administers a Facebook group called Beat the Barber Pole Worm.

In February, Linda conducted a three-part webinar series called Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats in partnership with Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT). You can watch the recorded webinars on our YouTube channel here.



NCAT Southeast Hosts First Armed to Farm 2.0

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We held our first Armed to Farm 2.0 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, February 25-March 1. This training was open to veterans who had previously attended one of our Armed to Farm trainings. We had a great group of 18 participants, from ten states, for the week. They represented nine Armed to Farm trainings from 2013-2018. The purpose of the 2.0 training is to bring the veterans together again for a more advanced-level training. While Armed to Farm provides a great introduction to and broad overview of many different sustainable farming topics, we structured the 2.0 training to have more in-depth discussions on farm management and production topics. Of course, we couldn't have an Armed to Farm training without farm visits! Our participants braved very cold, wet weather to visit livestock and vegetable operations. Read more about the week on our blog.

For more information about NCAT's resources for military veterans, visit our Armed to Farm information page here. Watch a video introduction to Armed to Farm, featuring three alumni of the program, on our YouTube channel. Stay up-to-date on upcoming trainings, resources, and news by signing up for our Veterans in Agriculture listserv and following our Facebook page, NCAT Armed to Farm.



Southeast Staff Out and About

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  • Luke Freeman spoke at the Washington County Master Gardeners Training in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January. He gave two presentations: "Organic Farming & Gardening" and "Composting & Vermicomposting." Attendees received copies of the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture publications Composting: The Basics and Guide for Organic Crop Producers.
  • Guy Ames also spoke to a group of Master Gardeners, from both Washington and Carroll counties, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His talks covered "The Basic Basics of Fruit Production" and "Re-Localizing: the Foundation of Organic Fruit Production." For more information on fruit production, visit the Fruits section on ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture's website.
  • Guy Ames, Linda Coffey, Luke Freeman, Margo Hale, and Nina Prater all traveled to the popular Southern SAWG Conference in January. Staff from NCAT's Gulf States office attended as well. Guy, Linda, Luke, and Margo gave talks and facilitated sessions, while Nina helmed NCAT's exhibit hall booth. Read more about their great experiences in our blog post here.
  • Guy and Luke both presented at the Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on January 4-5. Luke helped lead a pre-conference tour of high tunnels at the University of Arkansas Research Farm on Thursday, January 3. For a complete recap of the high tunnel tours, as well as information on new high tunnel research and resources, see Luke's blog post here.



Upcoming Events

NCAT staff members will participate in the following events:

Armed to Farm – Indiana
May 13-17, 2019
Crawfordsville, IN

Beginning Farmer Workshop
Monday, April 22, 2019
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Benton County Extension office, Bentonville, Arkansas
Register here



ATTRA publications and resources:

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Rats, Mice, and Voles: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet

Squirrels: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet


Poultry Processing

Introduction to Mycology


How to Sample Hay Using a Core Sampler


Farm Energy Efficiency



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If you have questions about sustainable agriculture production or marketing, using renewable energy on your farm, or how to become certified organic, call ATTRA. We're here to help!
1-800-346-9140 or 1-800-411-3222 en Español.

ATTRA - A National Sustainable Agriculture Assistance Program - is developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.



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