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Farmer-Led Research

Farmer-Led Research

More than $20 million in research funds directly to America's most innovative farmers and ranchers. Search farmer/rancher projects.

Sustain Your Farm or Ranch

Sustain Your Farm or Ranch

Find practical, in-depth information on high tunnels, cover crops, local food systems and more in the SARE Topic Rooms.

Advancing Agriculture

Advancing Agriculture

Over 6,000 SARE-funded projects investing over $250 million in sustainable farming and ranching systems. Learn more in 2015/2016 Report from the Field.

Organic Transition Planner
Plan Your Transition to Organic

Plan Your Transition to Organic

This step-by-step guide will help you develop a business plan to prepare your farm, ranch or food business for a transition to organic. 


Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

Visit SARE's Topic Rooms for in-depth resources on important topics in sustainable agriculture, including:

Cover Crops

The many benefits of cover crops are increasingly appreciated among farmers. They play an important role in erosion control, weed control, soil conservation and soil health. With careful selection and management, they fit into any crop rotation or cropping system, such as no-till farming, and are integral to organic farming.

Season Extension

Find in-depth information about high tunnels, hoop houses and other season extension techniques, including high tunnel construction, commercial greenhouse production, high tunnel vegetable production and more.

Explore additional SARE Topic Rooms on local and regional food systems, and for Southern audiences, on small ruminants and pastured poultry.

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

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Every day, farmers and ranchers around the world develop new, innovative strategies to produce and distribute food, fuel and fiber sustainably. While these strategies vary greatly they all embrace three broad goals, or what SARE calls the 3 Pillars of Sustainability:

• Profit over the long term
• Stewardship of our nation's land, air and water
• Quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities

There are almost as many ways to reach these goals as there are farms and ranches in America.

To learn more, check out the award-winning What is Sustainable Agriculture?.

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