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Sign Up Now for Conservation and Bird Habitat Programs

Organic farmers and ranchers can sign up now for technical assistance and funding from two different programs. The Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers and ranchers to take land out of production and restore it with resource-conserving plant species. The Working Lands for Wildlife program offers funds to restore and protect habitat for greater sage grouse and the southwestern willow flycatcher.

Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series Begins May 9

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is partnering with eOrganic to present a series of nine webinars based on OFRF’s soil health and organic farming educational guides. The first webinar will be May 9, 2018. The series will run through May 2019.
 
Presented by the guides’ authors Mark Schonbeck and Diana Jerkins, the webinars will cover 

Spotlight on Earl’s Organic Produce

Earl Herrick, Robert Lichtenberg, Sovita Sau and Jeff Flowers Tomatero Farm Tour
If you take a glance at the “Who We Are” page of the Earl’s Organic Produce website, you’ll see countless references to Earl’s commitment to maintaining partnerships in organic.

State Offering $57 Million in Grants to Food Processors to Improve Energy Efficiency

The state of California is offering $57 million in grants to help the food processing industry cut emissions and energy use.
 
“This type of support not only helps the industry reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but it helps the industry remain competitive so jobs associated with food production remain in California,” said California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller in a news release.
 
Food processing is one of

U.S. Organic Sales Pass $50 Billion Mark in 2018

Clean, transparent, fresh, sustainable. Environmentally friendly, animal humane, high quality, social activism. Those traits are all identified with organic, and in 2018 they all helped push organic sales to unprecedented levels. The U.S.

Upcoming Wild Farm Alliance Field Days: All Things Avian

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Oak Titmouse photo by Norman Uyeda
 
Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) and our partners are pleased to announce four upcoming field days as part of our All Things Avian Series
 
Farmers, expand your tool box by adding birds as pest control allies on your farm.

Wild Farm Alliance Offers Hands-On Help to Apply for Healthy Soils Funding

If you are considering implementing new practices on your farm to promote healthy soils and build resilience, you might be eligible for up to $75,000 in cost-share grants. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)’s Climate Smart Agriculture Program is allocating $15 million for Healthy Soils grants for the coming year.

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