The USDA has a wide range of financial assistance programs, but finding the right one can be difficult, complicated further by trying to stay up to date with changes in funding following each Farm Bill. Thanks to this guide, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can find programs to help them achieve their goals.
Farmers and ranchers know that sustainable agriculture is defined by a system of connected parts rather than individual practices. Last month, the SARE/NACAA Fellows visited two diversified New Hampshire farms where this principle was reinforced through the Reading the Farm program.
This summer, four innovative Extension educators joined the ranks of ag professionals chosen for the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program. SARE Fellows receive hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture and alternative farming systems, unique networking opportunities and an understanding of the diverse nature of American agriculture.
Three percent of farm owners are Hispanic, up 21 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the most recent Ag Census. Would you prefer reading information about farming in Spanish? Do you work with farmers and ranchers who prefer Spanish-language educational materials? SARE is excited to present Spanish translations of some of our most popular resources, both in print and online.
Many farmers are already doing their part to improve water quality and mitigate algal blooms by planting cover crops.
Learn how beneficial insects can protect crops in high tunnels and other season-extending structure.
Farmers and Extension educators have an expansive new resource available to them in the Small Ruminant Toolbox. The toolbox is a collection of practical, proven materials covering a wide variety of topics, including pasture and herd management, marketing, pest management, quality of life and whole-farm sustainability.
Use SARE's new topic room to find the materials you need to join the local food movement.
Updated portfolio summaries, grants lists and links to state pages are now available for every state and protectorate in the nation.
To get a glimpse of recent SARE-funded innovators at work, check out the latest edition of our biennial report, 2013/2014 Report from the Field.
Utah State University and the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) are proud to announce the selection of Dr. Teryl Roper as the program’s new regional director. Dr. Roper will assume his duties on July 1, 2014. The current director, Dr. V. Philip Rasmussen, will retire after 20 years with Western SARE on June 30, 2014. Dr. Roper and Dr. Rasmussen will work closely together during the transition. The director is responsible for jointly coordinating a mission‐oriented program with an annual budget of approximately $4 million, which funds five distinct grants programs.
"The Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship was more than I ever expected," says University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist Marlin Bates, reflecting on his experience in the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship program. "I can't remember how many times I've been standing in a producer's field recalling something from a visit and I'm able to use that information to help that producer. Without this fellowship, I wouldn't have had the opportunity."
Properly interseeding cover crops into standing corn can help increase yields by 15 percent. But improper application can cause up to 40 percent of the crop to be lost. This is just one of the lessons taking root in Missouri thanks to the effective teamwork of University of Missouri Natural Resource Engineer Charlie Ellis and Agronomy Specialist Rich Hoorman.
Farmers, take this online survey from CTIC to give input on cover crops as a conservation option on U.S. farms.
On Feb. 18, you are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health and discuss how to build soil health, improve yields, curb erosion, manage pests and build resilience in your farming system.
Asian pears are a valuable crop for urban-area farmers in the northeastern United States, but thinning trees for optimal fruit production and quality can be time consuming and expensive. Now, farmers have a more cost-effective option for thinning Asian pears to improve productivity, fruit size and fruit quality.
This is a 90% Administration, 10% Research or Extension Faculty, 12‐month, academic professional and administrative appointment with full benefits package.
Each year, the Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program selects one educator from each of the four SARE regions to participate in a series of national seminars that highlight how sustainable management principles are practiced in the field.
SARE's communications team is honored to receive two top awards for their biennial report, 2011/2012 Report from the Field, from the Association for Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE).
SARE seeks an IT coordinator to work in the College Park, Md., office. Apply by June 30 for best consideration.
County Extension Agents Learn What Sustainable Agriculture Means to Kentucky through Unique SARE Training Program
Extension agents from across the country visited the Southern region recently for the SARE Fellows Tour.
Improving nutrient management for dairies, finding sustainable herbicide strategies for apple growers, and refining high-tunnel production are some of the many ways SARE grants are improving the sustainability of New York agriculture.
SARE’s new Season Extension Topic Room is a one-stop collection of dozens of guidebooks, curricula, webinars, bulletins and other how-to materials to help farmers, educators and researchers across the country implement effective season extension strategies.
This new SARE fact sheet details how small- to mid-sized Northeast dairy farmers can implement a continuous-cover forage system that improves flexibility, profitability and soil quality over traditional cropping systems.
A comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices.
This NACAA award comes with a $500 honorarium and a requirement to present during the NACAA Annual Meeting/Professional Improvement Conference.
NACAA members can apply now for this career-shaping, two-year Fellowship in sustainable agriculture.
The roller crimper, a new, effective tool that farmers use to improve soil quality, weed management and the bottom line, is one way SARE grantees are discovering how to successfully combine cover crops and no-till.
Ohio farmers are making showing that cover crops and no-till lead to improved profitability, better soil health, more jobs, improved environmental stewardship and a better quality of life.
Cover crops can lower pesticide costs by interrupting the life cycles of pests and weeds, suppressing weeds and diseases and attracting beneficial insects.
Farmers and researchers around the country are learning about cover crops' immense role in nutrient management and improved profitability.
With drought conditions gripping more than half the United States this summer, water-saving strategies are more critical than ever for America's farmers and ranchers. Check out these water-related resources from SARE.
Dr. Beth Nelson has been named the Regional Coordinator and Director of Research and Education Programs for the North Central Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NCR-SARE).
On July 17, USDA is proudly unveiling the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, a digital resource detailing USDA's involvement in local and regional food.
For making cutting-edge sustainable agriculture research results more accessible than ever, SARE's new suite of websites was recently awarded a top honor by ACE.
In 2011, SARE reached the milestone of having funded more than 5,000 sustainable agriculture research and education projects, on farms and ranches large and small, from Florida to Alaska to Guam.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass is a new online resource about USDA's support of local and regional food.
Agriculture in the Texas High Plains, a $20-billion-per-year industry, is facing a water crisis. Thanks to a unique partnership of High Plains producers and Texas Tech University researchers, however, farmers and ranchers are developing economically viable alternatives to water-intensive monoculture systems.
Researchers and farmers alike are demonstrating that grafting shoots of one tomato plant to the root system of another is a cost-effective, environmentally sound way for growers to both manage soil-borne diseases and cash in on improved yields.
Wheat and alfalfa growers in the Northern Plains face major challenges in managing pests and weeds on their farms. Sheep grazing offers an effective, low-management solution.
Strip-tillage is gaining momentum among dairy farmers in California’s Central Valley as a strategy with many economic, labor and environmental benefits.
On August 9, 2011, NIFA National Program Leaders, in partnership with The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, are offering the third in a series of 1-day national workshops covering the preparation and management of competitively awarded, systems-based grant applications.
Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his 300-acre dairy farm near Alburgh, Vt. Rainville started growing canola for biofuel in 2005, and now he's producing biodiesel for about $1.70 a gallon, and fueling his farm with it.
SARE research is now more accessible than ever with a new text-to-PDF feature of the SARE projects database.
The new Learning Center at www.SARE.org is a treasure trove of books, videos, online courses and other information products about sustainable agriculture from A to Z.
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Grant information, videos, books, online courses, profiles of cutting-edge, on-farm research and much more—it's all available with a click of your mouse at the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program's (SARE) new websites.
College Park, MD – Dairyman Trantham, of Pelzer, S.C., went from near-bankruptcy to strong profitability by switching from conventional management to grazing, where he keeps his cows on April-like pastures year-round.
College Park, MD – Montana producers are turning to a winter forage that can take some of the heavy labor and cost burden off spring planting while efficiently capturing precious winter and spring moisture.
College Park, MD – Marla Spivak, co-author of the new SARE book Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists, wins a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award.
College Park, MD – The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Hedberg as its new director.
College Park, MD – Black American agricultural experiences are grounded in unique cultural, historical and ecological experiences. They range from the agronomic traditions brought from Africa and the experience of slavery to sharecropping, tenant farming and the story of migration to the industrial North, to contemporary concerns about food-systems issues. To understand these forces is to better understand the values, challenges and opportunities shared by America’s black farmers today.
College Park, MD – Ranchers in Montana are conserving water and improving yields by diversifying their operations with a newly introduced winter forage. A South Dakota farmer who builds healthy soil through no-till and long crop rotations has boosted profits by bringing cover crops into his system. Corn growers in New York together have saved millions in recent years by making drastic cuts in their fertilizer use. And across the South, farm families are benefiting from an unparalleled collection of resources for small-scale poultry production.
College Park, MD – Just a few years ago, community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprises were few and far between. Today, more than 2,500 thrive across the country. As CSA numbers increase, however, so does the need for innovative practices to keep them running efficiently and profitably.
College Park, MD – Say the word “sustainable,” and most people in agriculture agree it means increased profits, sound stewardship of the air, water and soil, and improved quality of life for farming communities. But how do you get there? There are almost as many ways to achieve these goals as there are farms and ranches in America.
College Park, MD – SARE releases a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees and other bee species that provide pollination alternatives to the rapidly declining honey bee.