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Dole has announced the acquisition of one of California's leading organic produce markets, Made In Nature Inc.. Dole announced that Made In Nature, while structurally a subsidiary of Dole, would continue to do business as before. Made In Nature works with more than 130 contract growers in the United States and Latin America. "This move by Dole will have a major rippling effect in the world of organics, signifying that the "O" word has finally arrived," said another organic produce marketer.
Source: The Packer
Members of the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program are moving along with plans to train Cooperative Extension Service agents in sustainable agriculture. Five training projects in the Northeast will be held at Cornell University, Penn State University, University of Vermont, University of Vermont Extension/New England Consortium (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assoc., NOFA of Vermont and University of Massachusetts), and University of West Virginia. The Western, North Central and Southern SARE regions will announce their 1994 training projects in the fall.
Under the 1990 Farm Bill, the USDA must establish a program to provide sustainable agriculture training to Extension Agents and selected field staff of Soil Conservation Service and Agriculture Soil Conservation Service by 1995. Training will take place at farms, schools, conferences and workshops.
Congress in 1994 allocated $2.96 million to select regional training coordinators and begin establishing regional sustainable agriculture training consortiums and projects. President Clinton in his 1995 budget proposal has asked that $5 million be allotted to the effort.
Source: FPANA Reports
Congress increases SARE, extension funding for new fiscal year
Congress last month approved funding increases for key sustainable agriculture programs, including the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Sustainable Agriculture Technology Development and Transfer Program (SATDTP). the House-Senate Conference on the 1995 Agriculture Appropriation Act also approved an appropriations increase for the Wetlands Reserve Program, but decreased funding for the Water Quality Incentive Program. The final appropriations figures for key sustainable agriculture programs in Fiscal Year 1995, which began October 1, are:
SARE: $8.1 million. The Clinton Administration had requested $8.8 million for the program, whose appropriation last year was $7.4 million; the House had approved $7.4 million for SARE; the Senate had approved $8.8 million.
SATDTP: $3.5 million. The Clinton Administration had requested $5 million for the program, whose appropriation last year was $3 million; the House had approved $3 million for SATDTP; the Senate had approved $4 million.
Wetlands Reserve Program: $93.2 million. The Clinton Administration had requested $240.9 million for the program, whose appropriation last year was $66.7 million; the House and the Senate had both approved $93.2 million for the program.
Water Quality Incentive Program: $15 million. The Clinton Administration had requested $15 million for the program, whose funding last year was $18.5 million; the House and the Senate had both approved $15 million for the program.
Source: Alternative Agriculture News
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