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Energy Corps Wants You!

Energy Corps LogoInterested in making a real difference that will help people and protect our natural resources? Passionate about energy conservation and efficiencies? Join NCAT’s Energy Corps program and help communities implement solutions for sustainable energy consumption. We are currently accepting applications for Energy Corps member positions right now in Montana. Learn more about the program and the open positions. Hurry – service term starts in October 2014!


Be An Energy Corps Host Site

Is your Arkansas school or organization interested in promoting sustainable energy consumption and education and fostering community sustainability? Then you want to join with NCAT by serving as a host site for this year’s crop of Energy Corps AmeriCorps members in Arkansas. Serving as an Energy Corps host site provides a unique opportunity to address our nation’s energy needs. Energy Corps also provides members with hands-on training and skills development to pursue a career in a green-collar workforce capable of meeting the needs of the future in an emerging green economy. Learn more and download the application.


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Meet Us

Since 1976 the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving economically disadvantaged people by providing information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. Learn more about NCAT

Sustainable Agriculture

The ATTRA project has served as the premier source of information about sustainable agriculture for U.S. farmers and other agriculturists for more than twenty years. What is ATTRA? In this video, staff members introduce ATTRA’s resources and mission.


Save Energy

For more than 32 years NCAT’s energy team has helped implement energy conservation and efficiency improvements that result in cost savings while directly impacting climate change. Our specialists have expertise in commercial, residential, and farm energy. More information can be found on our Energy Page.


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Conference: Cover Crops and Risk Management
Topic: Montana Farm Tour Series – V
Presenter: Jeff Schahczenski, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Date: 2014-08-16
Registration Info: Last in the summer-long series of Montana farm tours highlighting cover crops and risk management. Join us for a tour of an organic farm with Judy Owsowitz at Terrapin Farm in Whitefish. Terrapin Farm produces more than 500 varieties of diversified vegetable, herb, and seed crops. Jeff will provide information on crop insurance and risk management during the workshop.
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Posted: 2014-07-01 12:05:54
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Conference: U.S. Botanic Gardens
Topic: Understanding and Managing Urban Soils
Presenter: Chris Lent, ~NCAT Specialist
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2014-07-26
Registration Info: Urban soils are exposed to conditions that can affect their ability to grow healthy plants. Dense populations, building materials, and water runoff can all have an impact on the quality and condition of the soils. Chris will help producers understand soil quality and how it relates to food quality. Chris will present this workshop a second time on July 27.
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Posted: 2014-07-01 11:48:50
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Conference: Cover Crops and Risk Management
Topic: Montana Farm Tour Series – IV
Presenter: Jeff Schahczenski, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Toole County, Montana
Date: 2014-07-16
Registration Info: One of a summer-long series of Montana farm tours highlighting cover crops and risk management. We will visit a conventional farm and workshop in Toole County with mixed livestock and small-grain grower Griff Bye, who is developing a unique cover cropping and livestock system. Jeff will discuss the latest news in crop insurance and risk management.
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Posted: 2014-07-01 12:02:36
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Conference: Texas Pecan Growers Association
Presenter: Robert Maggiani, ~NCAT Specialist
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Date: 2014-07-14
Registration Info: Robert will be presenting on sustainable agriculture practices.
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Posted: 2014-06-18 16:39:52
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Conference: Cover Crops and Risk Management
Topic: Montana Farm Tour Series – III
Presenter: Jeff Schahczenski, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Big Sandy, Montana
Date: 2014-07-11
Registration Info: One of a series of farm tours in Montana highlighting cover crop usage and risk management. This family-oriented open house at Bob Quinn’s operation will include a tour highlighting the 9-year rotation; experiments with new wheat varieties and alternative crops including dry land vegetables; and an orchard on the prairie.
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Posted: 2014-07-01 11:59:07
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NCAT Newsletters


    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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  • Smart Growth Online Newsletter

    State by State news headlines will be sent to you biweekly. These include news summaries, information on the latest print, web, audio, and visual resources, and smart growth events.
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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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  • Montana DIRT e-news

    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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  • Southeast DIRT e-news

    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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