Cover crops can lower pesticide costs by interrupting the life cycles of pests and weeds, suppressing weeds and diseases and attracting beneficial insects.
Farmers and researchers around the country are learning about cover crops' immense role in nutrient management and improved profitability.
With drought conditions gripping more than half the United States this summer, water-saving strategies are more critical than ever for America's farmers and ranchers. Check out these water-related resources from SARE.
Dr. Beth Nelson has been named the Regional Coordinator and Director of Research and Education Programs for the North Central Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NCR-SARE).
On July 17, USDA is proudly unveiling the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, a digital resource detailing USDA's involvement in local and regional food.
For making cutting-edge sustainable agriculture research results more accessible than ever, SARE's new suite of websites was recently awarded a top honor by ACE.
In 2011, SARE reached the milestone of having funded more than 5,000 sustainable agriculture research and education projects, on farms and ranches large and small, from Florida to Alaska to Guam.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass is a new online resource about USDA's support of local and regional food.
Agriculture in the Texas High Plains, a $20-billion-per-year industry, is facing a water crisis. Thanks to a unique partnership of High Plains producers and Texas Tech University researchers, however, farmers and ranchers are developing economically viable alternatives to water-intensive monoculture systems.
Researchers and farmers alike are demonstrating that grafting shoots of one tomato plant to the root system of another is a cost-effective, environmentally sound way for growers to both manage soil-borne diseases and cash in on improved yields.
Wheat and alfalfa growers in the Northern Plains face major challenges in managing pests and weeds on their farms. Sheep grazing offers an effective, low-management solution.
Strip-tillage is gaining momentum among dairy farmers in California’s Central Valley as a strategy with many economic, labor and environmental benefits.
On August 9, 2011, NIFA National Program Leaders, in partnership with The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, are offering the third in a series of 1-day national workshops covering the preparation and management of competitively awarded, systems-based grant applications.
Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his 300-acre dairy farm near Alburgh, Vt. Rainville started growing canola for biofuel in 2005, and now he's producing biodiesel for about $1.70 a gallon, and fueling his farm with it.
SARE research is now more accessible than ever with a new text-to-PDF feature of the SARE projects database.
The new Learning Center at www.SARE.org is a treasure trove of books, videos, online courses and other information products about sustainable agriculture from A to Z.
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College Park, MD – Dairyman Trantham, of Pelzer, S.C., went from near-bankruptcy to strong profitability by switching from conventional management to grazing, where he keeps his cows on April-like pastures year-round.
College Park, MD – Montana producers are turning to a winter forage that can take some of the heavy labor and cost burden off spring planting while efficiently capturing precious winter and spring moisture.
College Park, MD – Marla Spivak, co-author of the new SARE book Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists, wins a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award.
College Park, MD – The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Hedberg as its new director.
College Park, MD – Black American agricultural experiences are grounded in unique cultural, historical and ecological experiences. They range from the agronomic traditions brought from Africa and the experience of slavery to sharecropping, tenant farming and the story of migration to the industrial North, to contemporary concerns about food-systems issues. To understand these forces is to better understand the values, challenges and opportunities shared by America’s black farmers today.
College Park, MD – Ranchers in Montana are conserving water and improving yields by diversifying their operations with a newly introduced winter forage. A South Dakota farmer who builds healthy soil through no-till and long crop rotations has boosted profits by bringing cover crops into his system. Corn growers in New York together have saved millions in recent years by making drastic cuts in their fertilizer use. And across the South, farm families are benefiting from an unparalleled collection of resources for small-scale poultry production.
College Park, MD – Just a few years ago, community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprises were few and far between. Today, more than 2,500 thrive across the country. As CSA numbers increase, however, so does the need for innovative practices to keep them running efficiently and profitably.
College Park, MD – Say the word “sustainable,” and most people in agriculture agree it means increased profits, sound stewardship of the air, water and soil, and improved quality of life for farming communities. But how do you get there? There are almost as many ways to achieve these goals as there are farms and ranches in America.
College Park, MD – SARE releases a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees and other bee species that provide pollination alternatives to the rapidly declining honey bee.