Sustainable Agriculture Program Names New Fellows
Four leading Extension educators have been accepted into the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program, a unique professional development program that enhances educator understanding of sustainable agriculture through broad-based, national exposure to successful programs and practices.
Announced at the 2015 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference, the new Fellows are:
- Stacey Bealmear-Jones, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
- James “JJ” Jones, Oklahoma State University
- Troy Salzer, University of Minnesota Extension
- Crystal Stewart, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
The SARE/NACAA Fellows program “….opened my eyes to new ways of farming,” says recent Fellows program graduate Brad Burbaugh of University of Florida Extension. According to a survey conducted by Burbaugh, past Fellows report doubling their understanding of the scope of sustainable practices and production. Fellows also report an increased ability to deliver sustainable agriculture programs using a systems approach to manage farm resources and implement sustainable animal production.
“I believe colleagues in my state and region view me as a dependable resource because of my experience as a SARE Fellow,” reports another Fellows program graduate.
Each year, four Fellows are chosen to participate in a two-year series of sustainable agriculture tours to learn and experience how sustainable strategies work in the field. Interested? NACCA members in good standing with their state associations are eligible to apply for the Fellows program. SARE and NACAA have collaborated to provide the Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program since 2007. Learn more about the experiences of past and current Fellows.