North Central SARE Project Products

North Central SARE Project Products

North Central SARE Project Products

Curricula, manuals, fact sheets and other information products developed by grantees as part of their SARE-funded research.

A Day at Sunrock Farm Children's Book

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This informative picture book describes a day at Sunrock Farm in Cincinnati, OH. Sunrock Farm provides intimate, positive, hands-on experiences, where young children can help a farmer staff member complete farm chores. The book introduces children to the sights, sounds, and feels of their day at the farm.

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A Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Transitioning to organic agriculture is a difficult but ultimately rewarding task.

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Accepting Bridge Cards at Michigan Farmers Markets

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This resource manual will help farmers markets decide if they should accept food assistance benefits. If they decide to become an authorized SNAP retailer, it will help implement this food assistance program. 

Adapting Cover Cropping Techniques to Northern Climate Conventional Cropping Systems

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This handout shows how cover crops increased forage production and extended the grazing season into the fall, while diversifying crop rotations and adding ground cover for soil and water quality benefits in Northeast Minnesota.

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Adapting Crop Share Agreements for Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

When the farming system deviates from a conventional corn-soybean rotation, the usual division of costs and returns in a 50-50 crop share lease may no longer fairly reflect the inputs of each party. This sheet demonstrates how crop share agreements can be adapted for sustainable and organic agriculture.

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Agripreneur Training Program Materials

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Materials developed to train Latino immigrants interested in starting a free-range poultry business. Incluye el currículo en español.

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Agroforestry Practices, Planning, and Design

Developed by the The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri in 2013, the Training Manual for Applied Agroforestry Practices and the Handbook for Agroforestry Planning and Design are companion pieces that provide easy-to-use information about agroforestry. 

Air-Propelled Abrasive Grit Management Video

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Air-Propelled Abrasive Grit Management (PAGMan) is a new technique for postemergence weed control in organic row crops. This video from SARE grantee Frank Forcella at the USDA-ARS Soils Lab shows PAGman in action.

Begin Farming Ohio

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website makes it easy for Ohio’s beginning farmers to find valuable services and resources.

Beneficial Insect Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A printed guide to insect conservation on fruit farms.

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Beyond Diversity: Understanding White Privilege and the Challenge for Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Presentation

Type: North Central SARE Presentation

Communities in the North Central region continue to change, with representatives of different cultures regularly being added to an already diverse population. We know that cultural and economic barriers exist that present challenges for some in the region, new and established alike, from working with the NCR-SARE to achieve our common sustainability goals. NCR-SARE feels it is important to reach all people about sustainable agriculture as we strive to make our communities more sustainable.  As part of the 2012 Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series, Nebraska SARE hosted a webinar on December 18, 2012, called "Beyond Diversity: Understanding White Privilege and the Challenge for Sustainable Agriculture."

Bioenergy and Renewable Energy Community Assessment Toolkit

Facilitating community participation in renewable energy development

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This toolkit provides a decision making tool (the matrix) to guide communities toward developing their own standard of sustainability and criteria for meeting that standard.

Biological Control of Insects and Mites: An Introduction to Beneficial Natural Enemies and Their Use in Pest Management

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This colorful, richly illustrated booklet offers an introduction to beneficial natural enemies and their use in pest management.

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Camelina: Seed to Oil Video

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This short documentary follows a Minnesota family as they grow and locally press organic Camelina Oil.

Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture: Curriculum and Handbook

Farmers across the U.S. are noticing impacts of changing climate conditions on their production systems. Heavier rain events, warmer winters, and more frequent droughts are some of challenges they face. To help educate farmers and agricultural professionals on climate change and agriculture topics, Julie Doll and a team of researchers at the Kellogg Biological Station have developed a handbook and a curriculum as products of a NCR-SARE Professional Development Program grant.

Close to the Ground

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Close to the Ground was a quarterly publication of the Land Stewardship Project and the Biological, Social, and Financial Monitoring Project. The newsletter served as a sounding board for questions and experiences of those 'out there' who are monitoring any aspect of their home life and natural landscape.

Community and Local Food Resources Website

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides resources for rural communities looking to strengthen their local food systems.

Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa presents data about a cover of hairy vetch, tillage radish and rapeseed established in strips by both aerial seeding into standing soybeans and drilling after soybean harvest.

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Considering Sustainable Agriculture on Your Rented Land

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Using sustainable agriculture practices on your rented land can help protect soil and water quality, increase income over the long term, and satisfy personal values for the landowner and/or the tenant.

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Continuous Living Cover Manual

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Continuous Living Cover (CLC) means plant cover on the soil and roots in the ground all year long. This publication focuses on agroforestry, cover crops, and perennial forage: these practices are well-established and proven in farming systems and in markets. 

Controlling Saline Seeps

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A fact sheet on the causes and techniques for managing saline seep, also known as alkali spots or slick spots.

Cover Crops do Double Duty: Cover and Grain

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa, a variety of winter small grains were tested as cover crops in the fall of 2010 to determine if these grains could be effective cover crops and also produce a quality grain crop, even though planted at a later than optimal date for typical grain planting. Most of the winter cover crop varieties tested effectively established, overwintered, and yielded grain the following summer.

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Cover Crops in Soybean Rotations

Challenges and Recommendations for the North Central Region

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

If you are a soybean farmer who plants or is thinking about planting cover crops in your rotation, or are a CCA/agronomist who is expanding cover crop services to soybean farmers, this publication has been written for you.

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Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems Publication

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication defines various cover crops and their benefits in vegetable systems. Benefits can include reducing soil erosion, compaction and synthetic nitrogen inputs, suppressing weeds, increasing soil organic matter and water infiltration, enhancing soil biology, and providing habitat for beneficial insects and natural enemies of pests.

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Creating Change in the Food System: The Role of Regional Food Networks in Iowa

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Case study of an effort to build local and regional food commerce using a community of practice.

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Dairy Your Way

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication was created to provide information that will help producers explore the many choices available for today’s dairy farms. This book is not intended to be a how-to dairy guide or manual. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer for dairy farmers seeking success as milk producers, there are many options that can be profitable and satisfying.

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Direct Food Marketing Online Curriculum

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Provides business owners with tools and strategies to help them sell directly to consumers. 

Direct Marketing Food Specialty Products Online

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Direct Marketing of Specialty Food Products Online Curriculum is designed to provide business owners with strategies and tools to help sell directly to consumers online. 

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Edible Avalon Curriculum

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This summer program curriculum teaches youth about local food systems and sustainable agriculture.  

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Effects of Supplemental Molybdenum on Animal Performance

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

NCR-SARE Research and Education grantee, Patricia Johnson, published, "Effects of supplemental Mo on animal performance, liver Cu concentrations, ruminal hydrogen sulfide concentrations, and the appearance of S and Mo toxicity in steers receiving fiber-based diets" in the Journal of Animal Science. Her research team wanted to identify a feed additive that would negate the toxic effects of high-sulfate water thereby allowing cattle to safely graze rangelands with high-sulfate water sources.

Energy Conservation for Livestock and Poultry Production Webinar

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This webinar describes key ways to conserve energy while enhancing animal well-being and production.

Energy Training Series

This series has been designed to provide educational training resources focused not only on the technical feasibility of bioenergy generation, but also on approaches and processes that assist communities in understanding the comprehensive implications of bio-based alternative energy.

Enhancing Crop Yield Through Wild Pollinators

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this journal article, SARE-supported research provides a general framework and examples of approaches for enhancing pollinator richness and abundance, quantity and quality of pollen on stigmas, crop yield, and farmers’ profit, including some benefits detected only through long-term monitoring. The authors argue for integrating the promotion of wild-insect species richness with single-species management to benefit farmers and society.

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Farm Energy Production and Use Between Two Iowa Cropping Systems

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Practical Farmers of Iowa compared two cropping systems for three years in northwest Iowa to examine differences in the energy expended and the biofuel produced. Analysis of fossil fuel flow reveals that a more diverse cropping system was significantly more energy efficient than continuous corn.

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Farm to Hospital Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Tools farmers and hospitals can use to increase direct hospital purchases from local producers.

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Feeding Corn Co-Products to Livestock

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These two University of Nebraska manuals discuss the use of corn co-products in livestock rations:

Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle

Focusing on Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Production in High Tunnels

Type: North Central SARE Presentation

This webinar covers hoop house and high tunnel production of tomatoes, winter vegetables, flowers and small fruit. It was presented by NCR SARE, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois on Nov. 13, 2008.

Food Hub Development Study in Iowa

Lessons Learned From a Study of Food Hub Managers and Regional Food Coordinators

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In 2014, a team of local and regional food leaders and researchers conducted a study of food hubs in Iowa. The goal was to better understand the current state of food hub development and create recommendations, if warranted, to support further work. This study was the first coordinated attempt to examine food hub development in Iowa.

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Food is Medicine

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This informative book contains history and present day stories about how food is regarded as the medicine and economic staple of the Anishinaabeg people.

GIS Applications in Agriculture: Nutrient Management for Improved Energy Efficiency

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Provides an outline of how management recommendations are developed and how a ground-based active sensor can be used. It contains 24 case studies (exercises) ranging from using historical techniques to overcome production barrier to calculating soil organic carbon maintenance requirements.  A CD containing data sets is included with the book.

Grass-Fed Beef Nutritional Data Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Grass Run Farms and Iowa State University developed this guide for producers who want USDA nutrition labels for their grass-fed beef.

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Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies and Alternative Fuels

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Includes curriculum materials, extension bulletins, resource lists, and a greenhouse energy model that were developed with the intention that educators can use the materials in full or part to deliver programming on energy management and conservation for greenhouse production.

Greenhouse Energy Webinar Series

Growers can often reduce energy cost by 30 to 50% by using energy efficient growing practices, tightening the greenhouse enclosure to reduce infiltration losses, replacing inefficient heating systems, and installing curtain systems.

This 3-part webinar series covers energy measures for greenhouses, thermal curtain systems for greenhouses, and the use of biomass energy for heating greenhouses.

Grower to Grower

Creating a livelihood on a fresh market vegetable farm

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A case study to help guide growers as they set financial and quality of life goals for their farms and structure their operations to realize those goals.

Growing and Marketing Elderberries in Missouri

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

To support the producer decision-making process for on-farm and value-added elderberry enterprise opportunities, the University of Missouri has developed a production and marketing guide, a financial decision support tool, videos on elderberry wine production, and more.

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Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report and video summarize results of comprehensive research on pasture-based dairy products.

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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Learn how to construct, expand or upgrade a locker-type meat plant.

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Herd Health in Alternative Swine Systems

A Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide covers alternative swine system management strategies including stock introduction, breeding, farrowing, veterinary services, vaccinations and more.

Incorporating Prairies into Multifunctional Landscapes

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

See how prairies can benefit farms and find the steps necessary to establish and manage prairies. Look at various uses for prairies: livestock grazing, hay production, biomass feedstocks, and carbon sequestering.

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Innovative Field to Market Washer

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This washer reduced labor needs and water use, and increased farm productivity and profitability.

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Integrated Pest Management Online Academy

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Integrated Pest Management Academy Online is a series of online prerecorded webinars designed to help Michigan growers identify pest management resources and understand IPM basics. Viewers can earn up to four pesticide recertification credits. 

Integrated Weed Management - One Year's Seeding

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Weed biology and ecology can help every farmer become a better weed manager. This guide is the result of a series of winter meetings attended by Michigan farmers, MSU Extension agents and research scientists. It brings together field-tested experience from successful growers and Extension agents and insights distilled from more than 50 years of weed science research.

Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, Betrand Farm developed 24 educational PowerPoint modules that can serve as an internship curriculum for food farmers in the North Central region.

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Iowa Meat Processors’ Resource Guidebook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide to building, upgrading or expanding a small meat processing facility in Iowa.

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Iowa State University's Small Meat Processors' Working Group Produces Consumer Guide to Whole Animal Buying

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The  “Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide” is for consumers and producers who are interested in learning more about buying and marketing local beef or pork. It brings together useful information into a single resource.

Irrigation Energy Webinar Series

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this three part webinar series, participants will became familiar with how to determine how much energy is required if all components of the irrigation system are operating at near peak efficiency.

Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This video series was developed by Kansas State Research and Extension, and includes segments on the following topics related to commercial high tunnel or hoop house production:

Overview | Design | What to Plant | Basic Management Considerations | Intensive Management | Resources

Livestock Enterprise Comparative Decision Support Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Guides ranchers through entry level decision-making about small scale livestock enterprises.  

Maintenance of Natural Sustainable Riparian Communities Fact Sheets Series

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A graduate student from North Dakota State University created these five extension fact sheets after monitoring and reporting on the riparian ecosystem associated with the Middle Sheyenne River, a perennial stream in eastern North Dakota.

Managing Field Operations to Reduce Energy Costs Webinar

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This webinar makes the case for using minimum tillage, timely routine tractor maintenance, crop rotations with legumes and shorter maturity corn to reduce drying costs.

MarketReady Educational Resources

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

MarketReady prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. 

Maximizing Profitability on Highly Erodible Land in Iowa

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Options in grass may be the most profitable for CRP land when the long term cost of erosion is considered. Get the details on six income options: CRP, two rotational grazing options, two crop options (rotational corn/soybean), and alfalfa/orchard grass hay.

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On-Farm Energy Production from Anaerobic Digestion

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This webinar covers the basic principles, operation and economics of on-farm anaerobic digestion systems.

Organic Broccoli Production Manual

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Steps that farmers took to scale up organic broccoli production to meet local wholesale demand. 

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Organic Farming: The Ecological System

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Charles Francis, editor, compiles a current look at what we know about organic farming practices and systems, primarily from the U.S. and Canadian perspectives.

Organic Whole Farm Planning Workbook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Transitioning to organic farming? Already switched, but needing to update your farm plan? Get step-by-step help in this workbook from Ohio State's Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program.

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Perennial Grass Covers Affect Long-Term Soil Quality

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This project investigated soil organic matter accumulations, soil respiration, and soil food webs in riparian grass filters on private farms in northern Story County, Iowa.

Perfecting the Day-Range Pastured-Poultry System

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Raising poultry on pasture instead of in a barn or other permanent structure is an increasingly popular enterprise for hobby and small farmers across the country. This bulletin features the Day-Range system, which consists of a mobile pen that is kept inside a fenced area. The birds are free to roam within the fenced-area during the day and are put in the mobile pen at night if predators are a problem. The mobile pen is moved daily to prevent accumulation of manure and the fence is moved as necessary to provide access to fresh pasture.

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Planting Your Own Corn Breeding Nursery Video

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This video from Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society explains how to plan, layout, and plant a home corn breeding nursery.

Poultry Your Way

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Poultry Your Way is for anyone interested in commercially raising, processing, and marketing poultry. It is designed to help you consider alternatives, and to help you make decisions about which alternative(s) will be most compatible with your family and business goals.

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Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This Iowa State University video/fact sheet describes how to build a system to catch, store and reuse the rainwater for high tunnel irrigation.

REAP Farm to School Website

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The REAP Farm to School program aims to "connect children, farms, and food."

Role of Cover Crops in Converting Perennial Pasture to Vegetable Ground

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In West Branch, Iowa, Scattergood Farm converted pasture from perennial alfalfa and clover to vegetable crop ground from summer 2010 to spring 2011. This research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa summarizes the effects of two cover crops or no cover crop on numbers of weeds and compaction measured by soil density in a vegetable crop following a transition from a pasture. Farm manager, Mark Quee, felt the cover crops assisted his conversion from pasture ground to vegetable plots. He felt the cover crops helped build soil and reduced weed pressure significantly in preparation for vegetable plants.

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Safer Management Practices for Small Poultry Processors in Missouri

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This booklet contains descriptions and photos of safe on-farm poultry processing practices.

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SARE Cover Crops Webinars

Type: North Central SARE Presentation

As part of the Missouri SARE State Program, Debi Kelly hosted two webinars on Cover Crops in fall 2012. Presenters included Charles Ellis, a Natural Resource Engineer with the Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Center, and Rich Hoormann, an Agronomy Specialist with Montgomery County University of Missouri Extension Center. 

Season Creation

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This is a 33 page manual that lays out in easy-to-read steps the years of knowledge that went into creating the Green Edge approach for producing and selling winter grown vegetables.

The term “season creation” highlights the differences between this model and standard “season extension” which only adds months of growing rather than creating and entire winter growing season.

Since 2004, Green Edge Gardens has used a system of 10 high tunnels – long, passively heated green houses with row cover inside – to produce and sell leafy greens and hardy winter vegetables to customers in Athens County and the greater Columbus region. The farm sells nearly 200 winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in the winter, which includes high tunnel produce, mushrooms they grow on-farm and partner items from producers around Athens, Ohio. Their year-round model allows the farm to employ a staff of 8 all year and hire part-time help and interns during the summer, making Green Edge one of the largest employers in Amesville, Ohio.

Sharing Your Farm: Six Ideas from Women Farmers for Hosting Farm Tours

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This 2-page highlight offers six ideas from women farmers for hosting farm tours.

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Soil Quality Improvement Under an Ecologically-Based Farming System in Northwest Missouri

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The results of this soil quality assessment suggest that ecologically based management successfully restored
biological activity of silt loam soils previously under intensive conventional agriculture. The system practiced at the study sites illustrates how resources internal to the farm (i.e., composts) can be used to manage soil productivity. 

South Dakota Corn Best Management Practices

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication provides a guide for selecting best management practices that consider both production and environmental-sustainability goals for corn production in South Dakota.

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Spirit Car

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Spirit Car is a memoir that blends fiction and carefully researched history. This book retraces Diane Wilson's family’s Dakota heritage across five generations.

Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin Online Identification Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin online guide is designed to help users identify wild bees commonly found in Wisconsin in the spring and early summer by their color, shape, size, and habitat. Users can learn to distinguish among different types of bees and learn about the important roles they play in nature and agriculture.

Storage Methods for Ethanol Co-Products

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This University of Nebraska video series contains information on the storage and utilization of three unique co-product feeds from the ethanol industry.

Strategies for Coping with Parasite Larvae on Pastures in the Springtime in Ohio

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This multi-page fact sheet describes basic parasite biology for gastrointestinal worms acquired by sheep and goats on pastures, and provides several strategies for managing internal parasitism. 

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Sustainable Crop Rotations with Cover Crops

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet provides information about specific attributes of different cover crops grown after each cash crop.

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Sustainable Inquiry Research and Education Network (SIREN) Wiki

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Sustainable Inquiry Research and Education Network (SIREN) program has integrated inquiry teaching strategies into sustainable agriculture projects designed by established producers and experienced scientists, building a research and education network of K-12 teachers, classrooms, schools, community education programs and university outreach and engagement activities in Minnesota. The wiki created during the course of the project archives all of the workshops the teachers attended including all of the materials handed out.

Talking Chicken: Practical Advice on Heirloom Chickens & Eggs

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmer Rancher grant recipient, Kelly Klober, provides valuable insight into rare, heritage and heirloom breed selection, chick raising, breeding and marketing to help producers start their own fully sustainable heritage chicken flock and raise eggs and meat for family or small farm business.

The Biology of Soil Compaction

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet discusses how soil porosity, water infiltration, soil aeration, and soil structure increase under natural vegetation and no-till systems with continuous living cover.

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The Bison Producer's Handbook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This comprehensive book about American bison production and marketing has information for veteran farmers/ranchers and newcomers alike.

Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Recycling

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet provides information about soil microbes, nutrient recycling, and microbial soil organic matter decomposition.

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University of Nebraska SARE Agri-Marketing Website

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This is a web toolbox to support the SARE AgriMarketing Professional Development Program.  

Using Cover Crops to Convert to No-till

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet explains how growing cover crops can help farmers adapt faster to a continuous no-till system.

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Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet highlights the physical, chemical, biological, and economic benefits of using cover crops in a sustainable cropping system.

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Video: A Quick Guide to Establishing Wildflower Plantings for the Conservation of Beneficial Insects

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Brett Blaauw's SARE research investigated the response of beneficial insects and their ecosystem services to the size of wildflower plots. This video is a quick introductory guide to help people establish wildflower plantings on their own for the conservation of beneficial insects.

Video: From Pasture to Plate: Exploring Grass-Based Dairy in Wisconsin

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Wisconsin researchers were awarded a SARE grant to investigate the properties of grassfed milk when made into cheese, butter, or other products. This 13 minute video summarizes the research they’ve done and the development of the grass-based (or pasture-grazed) dairy industry to date.

Video: Integrating Oilseed Radish for Vegetable Growers

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In 2013, Iowa State University Assistant Professor, Ajay Nair, received an NCR-SARE Professional Development grant to train agricultural professionals on concepts and application of cover crops in fruit and vegetable production systems. In a video, Nair demonstrates some of the benefits of integrating oilseed radish into vegetable cropping systems. 

Video: Managing Cucurbit Bacterial Wilt with Row Covers & Perimeter Trap Cropping

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this video-recorded webinar, SARE grantee Mark Gleason shares information on how to manage cucurbit bacterial wilt sustainably using row covers and perimeter trap cropping.

Video: Reduced Tillage Systems for Organic Vegetable Production

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this video, Iowa State University graduate student, Dana Jokela, talks about the research he conducted through an NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant to compare no tillage, strip tillage, and conventional tillage in the organic production of broccoli and bell pepper to determine their effects on yield, soil health, and cropping system profitability.

Winter Annual Weed Suppression in Rye–Vetch Cover Crop Mixtures

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Zachary Hayden received an NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant to evaluate the relative effects of rye, hairy vetch, and rye-vetch mixture cover crops on the biomass and density of winter annual weed communities. This SARE research supports that winter cover crops composed of rye or vetch (or both) can significantly suppress winter annual weeds. 

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Winter Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yields

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cover Crops are an important addition to any farming system to improve soil quality and decrease soil erosion or nutrient loss. Cover crops are normally planted without the intention of a direct harvest. Rather, they are planted for the multiple benefits they provide to the farmer and the environment. In Iowa, cover crops are usually planted into standing corn or soybean crops or are planted after grain harvest. Farmers are concerned that a winter rye cover crop could negatively impact their cash crop yields. 

In this research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa, fall cover crop impacts on corn and soybean yields are summarized.

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Women Caring for the Land: Cover Crops Booklet

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Women landowners say that they want their family farms to remain healthy and productive for future generations. But many feel they don't have all the information they need to protect their land. This booklet introduces cover crops as an option, one of the simplest techniques to try with the most visible benefits. 

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Women Caring for the Land: Improving Conservation Outreach to Female Non-Operator Farmland Owners Curriculum Manual

Type: North Central SARE Online Course/Curriculum

With the help of an NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant and funding from other sources, WFAN developed an award winning curriculum called Women Caring for the LandSM (WCL), which is designed to serve female non-operator landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and other land management topics. The materials are also appropriate to teach youth about sustainable agriculture through hands-on conservation activity lesson plans.

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Woodchip Bioreactors for Nitrate in Agricultural Drainage

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Woodchip bioreactors, installed at the edge of agricultural fields, can remove 15 to 60 percent of the nitrate in tile-drained water annually. This innovative approach for protecting the water quality in Midwest streams and rivers is described in a new fact sheet available from Iowa State University.

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Working With Your Food Safety Inspector

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

How food safety inspectors and small scale processors can work together to meet regulations. 

Find recorded broadcasts, speaker presentations and formal outcomes (when available) from the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, held Feb. 17-19 in Omaha, Neb. more

Search the SARE Projects Database to view reports on thousands of SARE-funded sustainable agriculture projects.