2000 Project Highlights
Seeking higher profits, a Michigan grain and livestock farmer began growing and selling fresh vegetables from a new retail stand. Thanks to grants from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program that helped her market the new operation through tours for schoolchildren, the farmer is earning more while enjoying the new venture.
The Michigan project is just one of 12 funded by SARE that are featured in the SARE 2000 Highlights. Since 1988, SARE has funded close to 3,000 projects that explore how to improve farm profits in ways that enhance natural resources and are good for communities. SARE-funded projects help producers find ways to cut production costs or add value to farm products at a time when low commodity prices have brought tough times to farmers across America.
PROJECTSOrganic Farmers Hope Anaerobic Digester Becomes Cash Cow
Farmer-Researcher Forum Offers Pest-Free Production Strategies
Novel Rotation Blocks Nematode Damage in Sugar Beets
New Apple-Growing Strategies Reduce Pesticide Use
The Farm Classroom Proves a Profitable Marketing Ploy
Meat Cooperative Moves Product from Farm to Restaurant
Demos Show Educators, Farmers the Value of Syrup
Community Project Develops Hot Markets for Vegetables
Goat Grazing System Creates New Profits
Monitoring the Success of Managed Grazing, from Pasture to Stream
Cover the Soil, Reduce Disturbance and See Improvements Soon
Ag Educators Learn Farmland Protection Strategies Designed for Local Communities