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Northeast SARE Partnership Grants Due October 17
Applications for the Northeast SARE Partnership grants program are due online by October 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Partnership grants are intended for service providers who work with farmers—including those in Cooperative Extension, nonprofits, universities, NRCS, municipalities and other government organizations, as well as legally incorporated businesses and private consulting firms like farm consultants and veterinarians—who want to conduct on-farm research, demonstrations, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators.

New Ag International Will Host 3rd Biostimulants World Congress
The 3rd World Congress on Biostimulants in Agriculture is an international scientific and technical congress to review the latest knowledge on these products, which are increasingly used in crop production around the world. A panel of prestigious international speakers will discuss the impact of Biostimulants on Plant Nutrition, Abiotic Stresses, Plant Growth and Development, as well as the various aspects of legislation on these products.

First Annual Northeast Cover Crops Council Meeting
The potential benefits of cover crop use are well-known – decreased soil erosion, tighter nutrient cycling that can reduce the amount (and thus cost) of fertilizer that needs to be applied to a following cash crop, increased soil organic matter, yield resilience during years with challenging weather conditions, and the list goes on. On November 8-9, growers can join other cover crop enthusiasts for a 2-day in-depth meeting focused entirely on cover crops. It’s hosted by Cornell University and the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center. Farmers, students, researchers, extension educators, government and industry representatives, and others will gather to talk and learn about all things cover crop-related at The Statler Hotel, Cornell University on November 8 and the USDA NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center on November 9. Contact Sandra Wayman at sw783@cornell.edu for more information.