2013/2014 Report from the Field
Every year, SARE's four regional programs provide grant funding to scores of cutting-edge farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators for projects that aim to improve the sustainability of American agriculture. To get a glimpse of some of these innovators at work, check out the latest edition of SARE's biennial report, 2013/2014 Report from the Field. Some highlights:
A Georgia farmer is partnering with researchers to verify what he has learned from decades of personal experience—cover crops improve the soil and benefit his business. Missouri farmers interested in growing high-value elderberries are now better equipped to do so, thanks to University of Missouri market research that generated important production and financial planning information. With traditional methods of handling dead livestock either becoming more costly or falling under closer scrutiny, a team of researchers from four Western states created training materials on livestock composting, an alternative disposal method. An educational program in West Virginia spurred a seven-fold increase in the number of high tunnels in the state, giving farmers a new way to increase their on-farm income while providing communities with more locally grown produce.