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Happy autumn from NCAT Southeast! We've harvested the latest news about our programs, events, and publications—read on for all the details. You are receiving this newsletter because you have expressed interest in NCAT and the ATTRA program. Enjoy!

—Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director

Apply Now for Veteran Scholarships to Southern SAWG Conference!

Limited scholarships are available for military veterans who would like to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SAWG) annual conference, held in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 14-17, 2015. The University of Arkansas and NCAT are partnering to offer the veteran scholarships, which cover general registration for the conference.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 12. Visit to apply online or download a PDF application.

For more information on the scholarships, contact Margo Hale at To learn more about the conference, visit


Veterans Get Armed to Farm with NCAT Southeast

Maple Gorge Farms

The staff of NCAT Southeast conducted an Armed to Farm training in Fayetteville, Ark., Sept. 14-17. Twenty-six military veterans and spouses from 11 states attended classroom sessions on business planning, financial management, farm taxes, legal liabilities, and USDA programs. We toured successful livestock, specialty crop, and fruit operations, with hands-on activities at each farm. Three NCAT staff members from other regional offices were able to attend all or part of the event, to learn about the training program and to help teach sessions, transport participants, and make sure everyone was fed. This training, which offers free lodging, transportation, and meals to participants, was funded by the USDA Rural Business Cooperative Services.

For more information about Armed to Farm, visit


Northwest Arkansas Residents Coached on Urban Goat Care

In partnership with the City of Fayetteville, we recently hosted a three-hour urban goat-keeping workshop at the NCAT office. Linda Coffey and Margo Hale presented information on nutrition, health, and general goat care. Participants were able to see different types of hay and equipment. A local family brought five Nigerian Dwarf goats for hands-on demonstrations, so participants learned to assess health, trim hooves, and milk the goats.

Interested in partnering with NCAT Southeast for a workshop or training event? Contact Regional Director Margo Hale at or 479-442-9824.

Em and Sicily


FoodCorps Arkansas and Arkansas Energy Corps Start New Service Terms

Eight new FoodCorps Arkansas service members started on September 1. Margo Hale, NCAT Southeast Regional Director, and Jenn Warren, our new FoodCorps Fellow, led an orientation for the new service members at the Southeast office in Fayetteville, Sept. 29-Oct. 3.

Three new Energy Corps members began their service terms in October. These members will serve with the city of Fayetteville and the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock. Dan Dean led an orientation for the new members Oct. 1-2.

For more information about FoodCorps Arkansas, visit or follow them on Facebook.

NCAT's Arkansas Energy Corps program also is on Facebook, or visit to find out more.

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The Energy Corps and FoodCorps AmeriCorps teams are ready to get things done!

Keep up-to-date on all the news and events from NCAT Southeast by visiting our webpage:

Connect with NCAT's Southeast Office:

207 West Center Street
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-9824
(866) 442-6085


Upcoming Events

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference
January 14-17, 2015
Mobile, Alabama
More info »

Horticulture Industries Show
January 16-17, 2015
Fort Smith, Arkansas
More info »


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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 is a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

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