The ATTRA program is back. Federal funding that was cut last year has been restored. A full complement of technical assistance services for farmers and ranchers is again available at no charge, including toll-free English and Spanish hotlines, and information and advice by email.
“We are delighted to have federal funding restored for this critical program,” said Kathleen Hadley, Executive Director of Butte-based NCAT that operates the ATTRA service. “This achievement is the result of the help of many concerned agriculture producers, who called or wrote their members of Congress in support of renewed funding.”
Hadley added that because this year’s funding is reduced significantly from what it was in previous years—from $2.8 million to $2.25 million—NCAT will continue to explore alternative funding sources for the project, including modest fees for service and private contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Since 1987, the ATTRA project has been the nation’s leading resource for information on sustainable agriculture, covering a wide range of production and marketing topics.
The majority of ATTRA’s publications are available to download for free. However, a small fee will be charged for some publications to help fund ATTRA services in these challenging times. New sustainable agriculture publications will be available on the website soon.
For more information and informational materials, check the project’s website at www.attra.ncat.org.
If you have questions about your farming or ranching operation, call the ATTRA toll-free sustainable agriculture help line. The English language hotline is 800-346-9140. The Spanish language ATTRA hotline is 800-411-3222.