Commentary: Should We Be Worried About Funding for Science?

Recently, I saw a post on Twitter that linked back to this article: “Should the Government Fund Only Science in the “National Interest”?  After reading the article I was appalled.  Now, for full disclosure, I have never received (or even … Continue reading

A Strawberry Opportunity in 2013 from the Walmart Foundation and UARK

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Center for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability announces The National Agriculture Sustainability Grants Program competitive grants program to support strawberry production in the US:  The National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative.  This grants program is sponsored … Continue reading

New Conservation Initiative Assists Specialty Crop Producers

Below is a press release from NRCS on a new program they have available in Mississippi:   A new initiative in Mississippi aims to encourage specialty crop producers to make conservation improvements to their operations. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service … Continue reading

New Presidential Report on Agricultural Preparedness

First off, let me say that I have plenty of other things to be doing today, but when I saw this report I could not let it go by without thinking about it some. There is a new report out … Continue reading

Value-Added Producer Grants

USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced the 2012 Value Added Producer Grant Program (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-15/pdf/2012-20082.pdf) and http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html. The primary objective of this grant program is to help Independent Producers of agricultural commodities, Agriculture Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based … Continue reading