SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship: Applications Due March 15
"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."
Bates was one of four Fellows selected each year by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) and SARE to participate in a two-year series of seminars to learn sustainable agriculture strategies and how they work in the field. Fellows also visit farms and ranches around the country to view sustainable agriculture principles in practice.
Last fall, Bates and seven other Fellows toured Iowa's gently rolling plains and along the banks of the Racoon River, where they saw the deep, dark soils and innovative technologies that make that state first in the nation in corn and soybean production. Fellows also met researchers reducing harmful runoff, visited corn and soy producers who are conserving natural resources, and were inspired by the owners of a family-run dairy and creamery.
"My attitude has changed. I understand that it can be done incrementally," said Virginia Tech PhD candidate and Fellow Brad Burbaugh. "We are a trusted source for information, and now I can say I have seen this work in the field."
How to Apply
Please encourage innovative Extension leaders in your community to apply for this unique and exciting professional development opportunity. Applications are due March 15. The program is open to NACAA members in good standing with their state associations and with responsibility in agricultural production systems. Find complete eligibility and entry details online. NACAA members can submit applications at www.nacaa.com/awards/apps/index.php.