SARE in the News
These are some of the ways SARE's grantees and educational resources are being recognized in the media.
"SARE grants are funding new ideas for sustainable agriculture," Living the Country Life
This radio segment features Maryland dairy farmer, SARE grantee and Northeast SARE program liaison Judy Gifford giving listeners an overview of SARE's grant programs.
"County Extension Agents Learn What Sustainable Agriculture Means to Kentucky (PDF download)," The County Agent
Extension agents from across the country spent four days in Kentucky to learn how the overarching concepts of sustainability are being applied locally. The trip was part of a two-year fellowship sponsored by SARE and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).
"Cover-crop survey indicates higher yields," Iowa Farmer Today
August 16, 2013
This article highlights the proven benefits of planting cover crops, citing a recent study by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). With the help of a North Central SARE grant, CTIC found that cover crops improve soil quality and boost crop yields, even in a time of drought. Read the complete survey.
"Advancing the frontier of sustainable agriculture in the Southwest," Southwest Farm Press
March 4, 2013
This article addresses the 25-year role SARE has played in supporting sustainable agriculture research, particularly in Texas.
"Cover Crop Interseeder," Corn and Soybean Digest
Feb. 26, 2013 (online)
This article and photo gallery illustrate how an experimental interseeder is helping Pennsylvania farmers boost yields by getting cover crops planted early into standing corn. The interseeder is being developed, with SARE support, by Penn State Extension Specialist Greg Roth.
"Diversity Helps Manage Margins," Corn and Soybean Digest
Jan. 16, 2013 (online)
After using a SARE grant to help them incorporate cover crops into their rotations, Nebraska farmers Keith and Brian Berns have diversified even further, now running a successful cover crop seed business.
"Saving Soil Moisture," Agriculture.com
Nov. 1, 2012 (online)
This article reviews some of the soil-building practices—such as the use of no-till and cover crops—that can make a farm more resilient to drought, and refers readers to the SARE publications Building Soils for Better Crops and Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch.
"Allocating water resource requires balance," Southwest Farm Press
August 9, 2012 (online only)
Agricultural experts from around the Southwest discuss the challenges of water scarcity, and the responses needed to ensure an adequate supply for all. Based on an Aug. 7 conference in Santa Fe, N.M., that was co-sponsored by Western SARE and New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Also, watch this short interview with conference organizer and NMSU Extension Specialist Stephanie Walker.
"Water Efficiency: Southwest Farmers Meet the Challenge," Cotton Farming
July 2012 (print and online)
This article addresses the critical role water availability and efficiency play in cotton farming in the Southwest. It features an upcoming conference on water issues hosted by Western SARE, and SARE grantee Rick Kellison, whose work is with the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation.
"Dairy farmer forges a path with sustainable practices," Greenville Online
June 24, 2012 (online only)
South Carolina dairy farmer and SARE grantee Tom Trantham is featured for his use of rotational grazing and pasture management.
"Farmer of the Future: Exploring 'sustainable' farming," KVNO News
May 16, 2012 (radio and online)
SARE Director Rob Hedberg lends perspective to this news segment on what it means to practice sustainable agriculture.
"U research guides growers on cover crop selection, planting date," AgWeek
May 16, 2012 (online only)
This University of Minnesota Extension article describes SARE-funded research to develop local knowledge and outreach on the use of cover crops, including cover crop selection and timing.
"Quest for Quality," Successful Farming
April 2012 (print only)
"Master plan | A farm business plan can help build economic sustainability," The Furrow
February 2012 (print and online)
This article about the importance of business planning to shield against volatility in agriculture refers readers to SARE's Building a Sustainable Business.
"A Rough, Tough Forage for Rangeland Cattle," Agricultural Research (USDA Agricultural Research Service)
January 2012 (print and online)
An article on USDA Agricultural Research Service geneticist Blair Waldron's SARE-funded work with forage kochia, a hardy shrub with the potential to help control invasive weeds and wildfires, and provide quality forage, in Intermountain West rangelands.
"On the Road: Garden Goddess," KSTP-TV, Minnesota
January 3, 2012
This news segment features SARE grantees Carol Ford and Chuck Waibel, who use passive solar heating in their greenhouse to provide CSA members with leafy greens throughout the long Minnesota winters.
“Your Soil is a Factory,” Successful Farming
September 2011 (print only)
This column, which describes how to manage for improved soil quality, refers readers for additional information to the SARE publications Building Soils for Better Crops, Managing Cover Crops Profitably and Crop Rotation on Organic Farms.
"SARE provides 20 years of research, information for free," The Prairie Star
August 30, 2011 (online only)
An article on SARE's long history of supporting Western farmers and ranchers.
“Mix Master | South Dakota Grower Blends Cover-Crop ‘Cocktails’ for Multiple Benefits,” Corn and Soybean Digest
January 2011 (print and online)
A profile of SARE grantee Dan Forgey, who uses cover crop mixes of grasses, legumes and brassicas, along with no-till, to manage nutrients, stop erosion, smother weeds, preserve soil moisture and supplement grazing on his 8,500-acre farm in South Dakota.
“Young Farmers Restore Rural America,” Grit
January/February 2011 (print and online)
This feature of SARE’s Youth Renewing the Countryside includes excerpted profiles from the book.
“Shepherding the Brand,” The Furrow
September/October 2010 (print only)
A profile of SARE grantee and Washington grain grower Karl Kupers, whose marketing acumen has guided the success of Shepherd’s Grain, a local flour brand supported by more than 30 no-till farmers.
“Western Eyes on Moisture” and “Covering Ground in the Corn Belt,” Successful Farming
September 2010 (print only)