Recent sustainable agriculture news from the SARE Outreach national office.
Looking to learn more about the core concepts of sustainable agriculture? SARE’s online, self-paced sustainable agriculture courses have been updated and expanded to include a course on Agricultural Ecosystem Management. The three courses cover core concepts in sustainable agriculture, its goals and its relevance to every farming and ranching operation, no matter the size.
At every level, SARE is a program of partnerships. Countless SARE grant projects are meaningful to U.S. agriculture because they involve close collaboration between researchers, educators, farmers and ranchers, public agencies and nonprofit/community organizations. 2015/2016 Report from the Field illustrates SARE partnerships that strengthen and sustain agriculture.
Since 1988, SARE has invested over $225 million in more than 5,500 research and education projects led by innovative farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who are committed to improving agriculture’s profitability, stewardship and quality of life. Find out what SARE is funding in your state.
Last fall, eight Extension educators from around the country visited Nebraska on a tour of farms and ranches. The tour was part of the enriching, well-regarded professional development program available to NACAA members interested in broadening their knowledge of sustainable agriculture, the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship. Apply today to be a 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Fellow. (Deadline March 15.)
Whether you are a meat processor or farmer, educator or commercial kitchen, having the best information at your disposal is key to working effectively within your food system. SARE’s new topic brief, Building Local and Regional Food Systems, provides an introduction to different facets of local and regional food systems, and directs you to resources that can help stakeholders build robust community food systems.
Cover crops can do a lot for your farm. To learn how they can support a thriving community of pollinators and beneficial insects—which in turn can improve crop quality and yield—check out SARE’s new 16-page publication, Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects.
Three SARE-affiliated farmers and ranchers were among those honored by the White House as Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture.
Four leading Extension educators have been accepted into the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program.
SARE’s new Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs is the perfect tool to help business owners develop an actionable organic transition plan suitable for management teams and lenders.
SARE Fellows use the Reading the Farm training tool to conduct in-depth analyses.
For many dairy producers, mastitis poses significant risks to profits and herd health. Penn State Extension Educators Amber Yutzy and Greg Strait are providing producers with tools and information to combat this common infection, earning them top honors from last year's SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence award program.
Applications for the 2015 SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program are due on March 15. The Fellows program enhances participants' understanding of sustainable management principles and provides broad-based, national exposure to a unique range of successful sustainable farms and ranches.
Did you know that since 1988 SARE has invested more than $211 million in 5,300 sustainable agriculture research and education projects across the United States? From Washington to Florida, Maine to Hawaii, SARE grants support projects on cover crops and diversified rotations, integrated pest management, pasture-based grazing, energy, marketing and much more. Discover SARE-funded projects in your state.
A wide range of pests threaten Northeastern apple crops, forcing some growers to spend up to 25 percent of production costs to manage mites, insects, disease and other pests. Practical strategies to help growers lower this huge cost while protecting their region’s $580 million annual apple crop are outlined in Ecological Management of Key Arthropod Pests in Northeast Apple Orchards.