News from the Wild Side - December 2016

Supporting Wild Farm Alliance with a tax-deductible donation is more important than ever before. Your donation will help farmers across the country create critical habitat for wildlife, protect precious water resources, and ensure the integrity of our agricultural lands for future generations. 

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I am sure you receive many invitations to join worthy causes. But I hope you will keep reading, because it’s folks like you who make a difference and help make long lasting change.

For the past 16 years, WFA has been largely funded through grants, but we are ready to take on more work, which means we need to increase our fundraising to make it happen. This is where you come in.

Please read on and consider supporting the unique, timely and important work of WFA with a tax-deductible donation today.

Big agriculture industry is powerful and continuing their efforts at the expense of our dwindling populations of bees, monarchs, birds and native plants. We all need to work together to fight for wild priorities in organic, regenerative, and sustainable farming. 

Please take a moment right now – before this email gets lost in the daily shuffle – to make a tax-deductible donation.

As you know, an organization like Wild Farm Alliance can only continue to change status quo by growing louder and stronger with more voices leading the charge.

Thank you for adding your voice to protect the wild!

For the wild, 

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Jo Ann Baumgartner            Shelly Connor
Executive Director               Assistant Director


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Bluebirds are Important for California Vineyards

New research just came out showing the important pest control services offered by western bluebirds to California vineyards. This study used a new technique, analyzing the birds' feces, to determine what their diet consisted of. What they found is that western bluebirds living near grape fields in Napa County were dining on mostly mosquitoes and herbivorous insects. What they did not find in the diets of these birds was DNA of predator insects, telling the researchers that western bluebirds in the area were leaving the predator insects to do their job for the vineyards while they took care of the pest insects. 

Click here to read more.


MOSES_Conference_logo.jpgRegister Now for MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 MOSES Conference, February 23-25 in La Crosse, WI. This is the largest gathering for organic farmers and will feature more than 65 workshops covering practical information on field crops, livestock, dairy, market and specialty crops, and more. WFA will be there in a workshop presenting effective ways for organic farmers and certifiers to comply with the NOP's Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance.

Take advantage of Early Bird pricing through Jan. 17. Hope to see you there!  


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Join us on February 28-March 1, 2017 in Davis, CA for the 5th California Climate & Agriculture Summit.

The summit begins with a conference at UC Davis on Feb. 28th. Keynote speakers include Karen Ross (Secretary of CDFA) and Glenda Humiston (VP of UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources). On March 1st, we will tour three innovative Yolo County farms using integrated farming practices to increase biodiversity, improve soil health, and provide climate benefits. Full program available here.

  • Learn about the latest science, policy and practice of climate-friendly farming in California.
  • Network with a diverse group including growers, researchers, policymakers, agricultural professionals and advocates.
  • Find out about farming-focused ways to play a constructive role in responding to our climate crisis.

Earlybird prices are available through January 6th, 2017. For more information and to register: http://calclimateag.org/calcan-summit-2017/


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A major farmer and rancher funding opportunity is now available!

USDA is currently accepting initial applications for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) - a national program that rewards farmers for protecting and enhancing natural resources on their working lands. CSP funding includes expanded options for conservation activities and an increased minimum payment to help smaller-scale producers. Contracts may include cover crops and rotational grazing to ecologically based pest management. Interested farmers should visit their local NRCS office and fill out a short form by February 3, 2017 to take advantage of this opportunity.


IMG_4840.jpegUpcoming Talks by the Wild Farm Alliance

If you are attending any of these events, please find us and say hello!

NRCS Science and Technology Webinar
January 24, 2017, 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern)
We are partnering with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to present Layering Conservation Benefits: Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects, Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration.

37th EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, CA 
January 25-28, 2017
WFA will be presenting in workshops on the biodiversity continuum of practices farmers can use, and on birds in agriculture, and will be facilitating biodiversity farmer stories in a third workshop.

Organicology in Portland, OR
February 2-4, 2017
Organicology happens every other year. This year we are pleased to be back and participating in this conference’s natural resources and biodiversity farm tour.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, WI
February 23-25, 2017
This is one of the largest events in the country focused on organic agriculture. WFA is excited to be presenting on practical information for organic farmers and certifiers on how to comply with the NOP’s Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance.


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