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Volunteers Needed

NCAT’s Montana FoodCorps and Energy Corps AmeriCorps programs are co-sponsoring the family area of the Montana Folk Festival in Butte. If you are excited about making seed art, painting murals, making playdough pasta, getting your hands dirty, and listening to folk music, please join us as a volunteer for a few hours July 11 and 12. Contact our FoodCorps Fellow Kirsten Gerbatsch for more details: or 406-533-6645.


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: NCAT Energy Rater and ENERGY STAR Training
Topic: Home Energy Raters (HERS) Training
Presenter: Dale Horton, ~NCAT Sustainable Energy Program Manager
Location: Missoula, MT
Date: 2015-10-12
Registration Info: This workshop will provide comprehensive energy auditor training with an emphasis on new residential construction and the Home Energy Raters rating process. This training is intended to prepare the participant to take the tests necessary to become a certified HERS Rater, a Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes Verifier, and a Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes Performance Tester.

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Posted: 2015-05-13 11:28:32
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Conference: NCAT’s Harvesting Clean Energy
Topic: Harvesting Clean Energy
Presenter: NCAT Specialists
Location: BIllings, Montana
Date: 2015-09-30
Registration Info: Planning is underway for this year’s Harvesting Clean Energy conference, and you should check the website,, for updates and registration information. This conference is the premier gathering of the agriculture, forestry, and energy industries and will help advance rural economic development through clean energy development, and explore maximizing profits by practicing good stewardship.
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Posted: 2015-02-09 11:32:00
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Conference: Whole-Farm Revenue Protection
Topic: Shop Talk and Farm Field Day
Presenter: Ann Robinson and Jeff Schahczenski, ~NCAT Specialists
Location: Elkhart, Iowa
Date: 2015-08-01
Registration Info: This field day will begin with a presentation of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance program by Jeff Schahczenski, followed by a tour of New Family Farm by diversified producer Tony Thompson. Learn about the additional options for insuring your farm.
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Posted: 2015-06-11 13:54:04
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Conference: Texas Department of Agriculture
Topic: Texas Organic Certification Webinar
Presenter: Facilitated by Justin Duncan, ~NCAT Specialist
Location: Online
Date: 2015-07-23
Registration Info: Mary Ellen Holliman, Coordinator for Organic Certification with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will explain TDA’s new fee structure for organic certification, demonstrate tools on TDA website that applicants may use to calculate fees, provide an overview of the National Organic Program Cost-share Program, and answer your questions.
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Posted: 2015-06-11 13:59:24
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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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  • 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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  • Gulf States DIRT e-news

    A newsletter from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), bringing you updates from the Gulf States Regional Office.
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