Recent sustainable agriculture news from the SARE Outreach national office.
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For many dairy producers, mastitis poses significant risks to profits and herd health. Penn State Extension Educators Amber Yutzy and Greg Strait are providing producers with tools and information to combat this common infection, earning them top honors from last year's SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence award program.
Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops—whether or not they use cover crops themselves—in a national online survey, now in its third year of collecting valuable data on the increasingly popular management practice. The results, which will be released this summer, will help growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers and policymakers more effectively address questions about cover crops and learn about best practices.
Applications for the 2015 SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program are due on March 15. The Fellows program enhances participants' understanding of sustainable management principles and provides broad-based, national exposure to a unique range of successful sustainable farms and ranches.
Did you know that since 1988 SARE has invested more than $211 million in 5,300 sustainable agriculture research and education projects across the United States? From Washington to Florida, Maine to Hawaii, SARE grants support projects on cover crops and diversified rotations, integrated pest management, pasture-based grazing, energy, marketing and much more. Discover SARE-funded projects in your state.
A wide range of pests threaten Northeastern apple crops, forcing some growers to spend up to 25 percent of production costs to manage mites, insects, disease and other pests. Practical strategies to help growers lower this huge cost while protecting their region’s $580 million annual apple crop are outlined in Ecological Management of Key Arthropod Pests in Northeast Apple Orchards.
The USDA has a wide range of financial assistance programs, but finding the right one can be difficult, complicated further by trying to stay up to date with changes in funding following each Farm Bill. Thanks to this guide, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can find programs to help them achieve their goals.
Farmers and ranchers know that sustainable agriculture is defined by a system of connected parts rather than individual practices. Last month, the SARE/NACAA Fellows visited two diversified New Hampshire farms where this principle was reinforced through the Reading the Farm program.
This summer, four innovative Extension educators joined the ranks of ag professionals chosen for the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program. SARE Fellows receive hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture and alternative farming systems, unique networking opportunities and an understanding of the diverse nature of American agriculture.
Three percent of farm owners are Hispanic, up 21 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the most recent Ag Census. Would you prefer reading information about farming in Spanish? Do you work with farmers and ranchers who prefer Spanish-language educational materials? SARE is excited to present Spanish translations of some of our most popular resources, both in print and online.
Many farmers are already doing their part to improve water quality and mitigate algal blooms by planting cover crops.
Learn how beneficial insects can protect crops in high tunnels and other season-extending structure.
Farmers and Extension educators have an expansive new resource available to them in the Small Ruminant Toolbox. The toolbox is a collection of practical, proven materials covering a wide variety of topics, including pasture and herd management, marketing, pest management, quality of life and whole-farm sustainability.
Use SARE's new topic room to find the materials you need to join the local food movement.
Updated portfolio summaries, grants lists and links to state pages are now available for every state and protectorate in the nation.
To get a glimpse of recent SARE-funded innovators at work, check out the latest edition of our biennial report, 2013/2014 Report from the Field.
Utah State University and the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) are proud to announce the selection of Dr. Teryl Roper as the program’s new regional director. Dr. Roper will assume his duties on July 1, 2014. The current director, Dr. V. Philip Rasmussen, will retire after 20 years with Western SARE on June 30, 2014. Dr. Roper and Dr. Rasmussen will work closely together during the transition. The director is responsible for jointly coordinating a mission‐oriented program with an annual budget of approximately $4 million, which funds five distinct grants programs.
"The Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship was more than I ever expected," says University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist Marlin Bates, reflecting on his experience in the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship program. "I can't remember how many times I've been standing in a producer's field recalling something from a visit and I'm able to use that information to help that producer. Without this fellowship, I wouldn't have had the opportunity."
Properly interseeding cover crops into standing corn can help increase yields by 15 percent. But improper application can cause up to 40 percent of the crop to be lost. This is just one of the lessons taking root in Missouri thanks to the effective teamwork of University of Missouri Natural Resource Engineer Charlie Ellis and Agronomy Specialist Rich Hoorman.
Farmers, take this online survey from CTIC to give input on cover crops as a conservation option on U.S. farms.
On Feb. 18, you are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health and discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in your farming system.