🌱 August 2020: What Farmers Need to Know

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Dear Nahid,

Back when I was a farmer, I used to start counting down the days until the first killing frost right about now. The combination of the heat, bugs, and weeds always made the dog days of summer drag on for me. I would start daydreaming about the first frost party and the next growing season.

While things are not quite wound down yet, it is not too early to start thinking about next year, and the resources you might tap into for technical assistance. If you are interested in high tunnel, GAP, or organic production and certification assistance, check out our Farm Services team.

Another great resource for financial and technical assistance is the NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, particularly their Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition, which you can learn more about below.

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Karen McSwain, CFSA Associate Executive Director for Programs

PS – We’re finalizing the agenda this week for the virtual 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Conference (Nov. 4-8), so if you have programming you’d like to see or if you want to present, we want to hear from you! Email Mary Beth Miller, our conference planning extraordinaire.

Mental Health for Farmers

In case you missed it, there’s a free course available on stress management for farmers.

Participants will receive skills to understand the sources of stress, manage their own stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources.

Where Organic Production & NRCS Programs Intersect

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Are you a grower looking transitioning to organic production and also improve on-farm conservation? If you are looking to do either, please read on, as there several important programs to know about that can help.

But, before going any further, you may be thinking “don’t organic production and conservation go hand-in-hand?” Continue Reading>>