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NCAT Awarded National Grant

Is organic farming risky? NCAT will be taking an in-depth look atusda nifa new that question over the next four years, thanks to a 0,000 USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture Organic Research and Extension Initiative Program grant to explore organic farming’s risk as well as whether the general lack of quality crop insurance acts as a barrier to the expansion of diversified organic systems of food production and markets.

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Farm to Cafeteria Network
Posted 29 September 2014 | 10:28 pm

Crunch Time Montana: Get your Apples, Join the Crunch!
Now that autumn is here, school is in full swing and leaves are turning colors across our beautiful state. Here at NCAT’s Farm to Cafeteria Network, we are looking forward to celebrating the changing season by promoting National Farm to School Month throughout October. And it’s not just schools that will be featuring healthy, the full a…

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Posted 29 September 2014 | 9:02 pm

USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies
USDA has announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five grant programs. The grants come through the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) Farmers Market Promotion Progr……

Energy Corps
Posted 29 August 2014 | 8:46 pm

Energy Corps Looking for a Few Good Members
Are you interested in making a real difference that will help people and protect our natural resources? The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is currently accepting applications for Energy Corps AmeriCorps member positions in Arkansas. Energy Corps members will Continue reading →…

Montana FoodCorps
Posted 10 July 2014 | 2:48 am

FoodCorps Attends the MT School Nutrition Association's Annual Conference!
In mid-June, FoodCorps service members from across Montana had the privilege of attending the annual Montana School Nutrition Association Conference in Great Falls. The theme of the conference was “Good Nutrition Makes Cents,” and indeed, not only were there workshops about cooking with lentils and new strategies for using whole grains, but there we…

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    A monthly newsletter featuring local solutions for a sustainable future.
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  • ATTRAnews

    Six times each year, the free ATTRAnews brings you up to date on the latest developments in sustainable agriculture, what's happening at the USDA and with Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups around the country.
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  • Weekly Harvest

    Issued every Wednesday, the Weekly Harvest e-newsletter is a Web digest of sustainable agriculture news, resources, events and funding opportunities gleaned from the Internet and featured on the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website.
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  • Cosecha Mensual

    NCAT's Spanish-language electronic newsletter on sustainable agriculture is issued monthly. Subscribers enjoy news items and reviews of Spanish-language resources.
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  • The Networker

    A quarterly bulletin compiled by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse.
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  • SIFT News

    SIFT (Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program) was created to help every community increase their food security by producing their own healthy food. SIFT, with NCAT, is developing a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at our Butte, Montana, headquarters. Learn how to commercially produce high-value, nutrient-rich food on small parcels of land.
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    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from NCAT's food and ag programs in Montana.
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    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from the Southeast Regional Office.
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    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from the Gulf States Regional Office.
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