North Central SARE Project Products

North Central SARE Project Products

North Central SARE Project Products

Curricula, manuals, fact sheets and other information products developed by grantees as part of their SARE-funded research.

Adapting Crop Share Agreements for Sustainable and Organic Agriculture

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

When the farming system deviates from a conventional corn-soybean rotation, the usual division of costs and returns in a 50-50 crop share lease may no longer fairly reflect the inputs of each party. This sheet demonstrates how crop share agreements can be adapted for sustainable and organic agriculture.

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Agripreneur Training Program Materials

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Materials developed to train Latino immigrants interested in starting a free-range poultry business. Incluye el currículo en español.

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Agroforestry Practices, Planning, and Design

Developed by the The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri in 2013, the Training Manual for Applied Agroforestry Practices and the Handbook for Agroforestry Planning and Design are companion pieces that provide easy-to-use information about agroforestry. 

Beneficial Insect Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A printed guide to insect conservation on fruit farms.

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Biological Control of Insects and Mites: An Introduction to Beneficial Natural Enemies and Their Use in Pest Management

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This colorful, richly illustrated booklet offers an introduction to beneficial natural enemies and their use in pest management.

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Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture: Curriculum and Handbook

Farmers across the U.S. are noticing impacts of changing climate conditions on their production systems. Heavier rain events, warmer winters, and more frequent droughts are some of challenges they face. To help educate farmers and agricultural professionals on climate change and agriculture topics, Julie Doll and a team of researchers at the Kellogg Biological Station have developed a handbook and a curriculum as products of a NCR-SARE Professional Development Program grant.

Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa presents data about a cover of hairy vetch, tillage radish and rapeseed established in strips by both aerial seeding into standing soybeans and drilling after soybean harvest.

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Considering Sustainable Agriculture on Your Rented Land

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Using sustainable agriculture practices on your rented land can help protect soil and water quality, increase income over the long term, and satisfy personal values for the landowner and/or the tenant.

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Controlling Saline Seeps

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A fact sheet on the causes and techniques for managing saline seep, also known as alkali spots or slick spots.

Cottage Food Success: A Labeling Guide and Toolkit for Creating Canned Food Products that Sell

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Ideas and step-by-step instructions to increase sales of canned products made in your home kitchen under your state’s cottage food law.

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Creating Change in the Food System: The Role of Regional Food Networks in Iowa

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Case study of an effort to build local and regional food commerce using a community of practice.

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Dairy Your Way

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication was created to provide information that will help producers explore the many choices available for today’s dairy farms. This book is not intended to be a how-to dairy guide or manual. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer for dairy farmers seeking success as milk producers, there are many options that can be profitable and satisfying.

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Edible Avalon Curriculum

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This summer program curriculum teaches youth about local food systems and sustainable agriculture.  

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Effects of Supplemental Molybdenum on Animal Performance

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

NCR-SARE Research and Education grantee, Patricia Johnson, published, "Effects of supplemental Mo on animal performance, liver Cu concentrations, ruminal hydrogen sulfide concentrations, and the appearance of S and Mo toxicity in steers receiving fiber-based diets" in the Journal of Animal Science. Her research team wanted to identify a feed additive that would negate the toxic effects of high-sulfate water thereby allowing cattle to safely graze rangelands with high-sulfate water sources.

Energy Training Series

This series has been designed to provide educational training resources focused not only on the technical feasibility of bioenergy generation, but also on approaches and processes that assist communities in understanding the comprehensive implications of bio-based alternative energy.

Enhancing Crop Yield Through Wild Pollinators

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this journal article, SARE-supported research provides a general framework and examples of approaches for enhancing pollinator richness and abundance, quantity and quality of pollen on stigmas, crop yield, and farmers’ profit, including some benefits detected only through long-term monitoring. The authors argue for integrating the promotion of wild-insect species richness with single-species management to benefit farmers and society.

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Farm Energy Production and Use Between Two Iowa Cropping Systems

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Practical Farmers of Iowa compared two cropping systems for three years in northwest Iowa to examine differences in the energy expended and the biofuel produced. Analysis of fossil fuel flow reveals that a more diverse cropping system was significantly more energy efficient than continuous corn.

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Farm to Hospital Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Tools farmers and hospitals can use to increase direct hospital purchases from local producers.

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Feeding Corn Co-Products to Livestock

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These two University of Nebraska manuals discuss the use of corn co-products in livestock rations:

Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle

Food Hub Development Study in Iowa

Lessons Learned From a Study of Food Hub Managers and Regional Food Coordinators

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In 2014, a team of local and regional food leaders and researchers conducted a study of food hubs in Iowa. The goal was to better understand the current state of food hub development and create recommendations, if warranted, to support further work. This study was the first coordinated attempt to examine food hub development in Iowa.

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GIS Applications in Agriculture: Nutrient Management for Improved Energy Efficiency

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Provides an outline of how management recommendations are developed and how a ground-based active sensor can be used. It contains 24 case studies (exercises) ranging from using historical techniques to overcome production barrier to calculating soil organic carbon maintenance requirements.  A CD containing data sets is included with the book.

Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies and Alternative Fuels

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Includes curriculum materials, extension bulletins, resource lists, and a greenhouse energy model that were developed with the intention that educators can use the materials in full or part to deliver programming on energy management and conservation for greenhouse production.

Greenhouse Energy Webinar Series

Growers can often reduce energy cost by 30 to 50% by using energy efficient growing practices, tightening the greenhouse enclosure to reduce infiltration losses, replacing inefficient heating systems, and installing curtain systems.

This 3-part webinar series covers energy measures for greenhouses, thermal curtain systems for greenhouses, and the use of biomass energy for heating greenhouses.

Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report and video summarize results of comprehensive research on pasture-based dairy products.

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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Learn how to construct, expand or upgrade a locker-type meat plant.

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Herd Health in Alternative Swine Systems

A Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide covers alternative swine system management strategies including stock introduction, breeding, farrowing, veterinary services, vaccinations and more.

In-Row Mechanical Weed Control Options for Farmers Large and Small

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With support from SARE, a team from Michigan State University created videos demonstrating three in-row weed control tools in the field: the torsion weeder, the flex tine cultivator, and the finger weeder.

Incorporating Prairies into Multifunctional Landscapes

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

See how prairies can benefit farms and find the steps necessary to establish and manage prairies. Look at various uses for prairies: livestock grazing, hay production, biomass feedstocks, and carbon sequestering.

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Integrated Strategies for Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Small Fruit Production

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet covers the cultural, biological, and chemical control of spotted wing Drosophila in organic crops has been developed by Michigan State University (MSU) with support from SARE. It highlights multiple ways that organic producers of various sizes can integrate non-chemical control practices into their farming. It also includes guidance on monitoring for adult flies and for larvae in fruit, and shows the label restrictions for Entrust SC (the primary organic insecticide used to control this pest) for each of the susceptible crops. The document describes some new approaches to control of this pest that are currently in development at MSU.

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Integrated Weed Management - One Year's Seeding

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Weed biology and ecology can help every farmer become a better weed manager. This guide is the result of a series of winter meetings attended by Michigan farmers, MSU Extension agents and research scientists. It brings together field-tested experience from successful growers and Extension agents and insights distilled from more than 50 years of weed science research.

Integrating Sustainability Education into the University Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Curriculum through the Use of School Gardens

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Developed by Brian Bluhm, this curriculum is intended to provide pre-service elementary school teachers a sustainability learning experience in sustainable agriculture through the use of school gardens. 

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Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, Betrand Farm developed 24 educational PowerPoint modules that can serve as an internship curriculum for food farmers in the North Central region.

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Iowa Meat Processors’ Resource Guidebook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide to building, upgrading or expanding a small meat processing facility in Iowa.

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Iowa State University's Small Meat Processors' Working Group Produces Consumer Guide to Whole Animal Buying

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The  “Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide” is for consumers and producers who are interested in learning more about buying and marketing local beef or pork. It brings together useful information into a single resource.

Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This video series was developed by Kansas State Research and Extension, and includes segments on the following topics related to commercial high tunnel or hoop house production:

Overview | Design | What to Plant | Basic Management Considerations | Intensive Management | Resources

Livestock Enterprise Comparative Decision Support Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Guides ranchers through entry level decision-making about small scale livestock enterprises.  

Maintenance of Natural Sustainable Riparian Communities Fact Sheets Series

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A graduate student from North Dakota State University created these five extension fact sheets after monitoring and reporting on the riparian ecosystem associated with the Middle Sheyenne River, a perennial stream in eastern North Dakota.

Managing Field Operations to Reduce Energy Costs Webinar

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This webinar makes the case for using minimum tillage, timely routine tractor maintenance, crop rotations with legumes and shorter maturity corn to reduce drying costs.

Managing the Environment in High Tunnels for Cool Season Vegetable Production

Type: Bulletin

Light, temperature, and relative humidity influence how crops grow and develop. With support from SARE, Purdue University Extension developed this publication, which introduces important factors to consider during design, operation, and daily management of high tunnels, and explains plant responses to the environment.

MarketReady Educational Resources

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

MarketReady prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. 

Maximizing Profitability on Highly Erodible Land in Iowa

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Options in grass may be the most profitable for CRP land when the long term cost of erosion is considered. Get the details on six income options: CRP, two rotational grazing options, two crop options (rotational corn/soybean), and alfalfa/orchard grass hay.

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Organic Broccoli Production Manual

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Steps that farmers took to scale up organic broccoli production to meet local wholesale demand. 

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Perfecting the Day-Range Pastured-Poultry System

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Raising poultry on pasture instead of in a barn or other permanent structure is an increasingly popular enterprise for hobby and small farmers across the country. This bulletin features the Day-Range system, which consists of a mobile pen that is kept inside a fenced area. The birds are free to roam within the fenced-area during the day and are put in the mobile pen at night if predators are a problem. The mobile pen is moved daily to prevent accumulation of manure and the fence is moved as necessary to provide access to fresh pasture.

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Poultry Your Way

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Poultry Your Way is for anyone interested in commercially raising, processing, and marketing poultry. It is designed to help you consider alternatives, and to help you make decisions about which alternative(s) will be most compatible with your family and business goals.

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Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This Iowa State University video/fact sheet describes how to build a system to catch, store and reuse the rainwater for high tunnel irrigation.

REAP Farm to School Website

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The REAP Farm to School program aims to "connect children, farms, and food."

SARE Cover Crops Webinars

Type: North Central SARE Presentation

As part of the Missouri SARE State Program, Debi Kelly hosted two webinars on Cover Crops in fall 2012. Presenters included Charles Ellis, a Natural Resource Engineer with the Lincoln County University of Missouri Extension Center, and Rich Hoormann, an Agronomy Specialist with Montgomery County University of Missouri Extension Center. 

Shared Kitchen Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With support from a SARE grant, The Food Corridor and Purdue Extension have developed the Shared Kitchen Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Planning, Launching, and Managing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen. This free, web-based resource for new and existing shared kitchens that delivers guidance on feasibility, planning, management practices, and more.

Sharing Your Farm: Six Ideas from Women Farmers for Hosting Farm Tours

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This 2-page highlight offers six ideas from women farmers for hosting farm tours.

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Spirit Car

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Spirit Car is a memoir that blends fiction and carefully researched history. This book retraces Diane Wilson's family’s Dakota heritage across five generations.

Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin Online Identification Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin online guide is designed to help users identify wild bees commonly found in Wisconsin in the spring and early summer by their color, shape, size, and habitat. Users can learn to distinguish among different types of bees and learn about the important roles they play in nature and agriculture.

Storage Methods for Ethanol Co-Products

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This University of Nebraska video series contains information on the storage and utilization of three unique co-product feeds from the ethanol industry.

Strategies for Coping with Parasite Larvae on Pastures in the Springtime in Ohio

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This multi-page fact sheet describes basic parasite biology for gastrointestinal worms acquired by sheep and goats on pastures, and provides several strategies for managing internal parasitism. 

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Sustainable Agriculture Solutions for Appalachia: Mulberry Agroforestry

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Mulberry is an extremely adaptable, vigorous deciduous tree species found worldwide from the humid tropics, to semi-arid lands, from mountain tops to the hills of Appalachia.

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The Bison Producer's Handbook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This comprehensive book about American bison production and marketing has information for veteran farmers/ranchers and newcomers alike.

University of Nebraska SARE Agri-Marketing Website

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This is a web toolbox to support the SARE AgriMarketing Professional Development Program.  

Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water Quality

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet highlights the physical, chemical, biological, and economic benefits of using cover crops in a sustainable cropping system.

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Video: From Pasture to Plate: Exploring Grass-Based Dairy in Wisconsin

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Wisconsin researchers were awarded a SARE grant to investigate the properties of grassfed milk when made into cheese, butter, or other products. This 13 minute video summarizes the research they’ve done and the development of the grass-based (or pasture-grazed) dairy industry to date.

Video: Managing Cucurbit Bacterial Wilt with Row Covers & Perimeter Trap Cropping

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this video-recorded webinar, SARE grantee Mark Gleason shares information on how to manage cucurbit bacterial wilt sustainably using row covers and perimeter trap cropping.

Winter Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yields

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cover Crops are an important addition to any farming system to improve soil quality and decrease soil erosion or nutrient loss. Cover crops are normally planted without the intention of a direct harvest. Rather, they are planted for the multiple benefits they provide to the farmer and the environment. In Iowa, cover crops are usually planted into standing corn or soybean crops or are planted after grain harvest. Farmers are concerned that a winter rye cover crop could negatively impact their cash crop yields. 

In this research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa, fall cover crop impacts on corn and soybean yields are summarized.

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Women Caring for the Land: Cover Crops Booklet

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Women landowners say that they want their family farms to remain healthy and productive for future generations. But many feel they don't have all the information they need to protect their land. This booklet introduces cover crops as an option, one of the simplest techniques to try with the most visible benefits. 

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Women Caring for the Land: Improving Conservation Outreach to Female Non-Operator Farmland Owners Curriculum Manual

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With the help of an NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant and funding from other sources, WFAN developed an award winning curriculum called Women Caring for the LandSM (WCL), which is designed to serve female non-operator landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and other land management topics. The materials are also appropriate to teach youth about sustainable agriculture through hands-on conservation activity lesson plans.

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Woodchip Bioreactors for Nitrate in Agricultural Drainage

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Woodchip bioreactors, installed at the edge of agricultural fields, can remove 15 to 60 percent of the nitrate in tile-drained water annually. This innovative approach for protecting the water quality in Midwest streams and rivers is described in a new fact sheet available from Iowa State University.

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Working With Your Food Safety Inspector

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

How food safety inspectors and small scale processors can work together to meet regulations. 

Find recorded broadcasts, speaker presentations and formal outcomes (when available) from the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, held Feb. 17-19 in Omaha, Neb. more

Search the SARE Projects Database to view reports on thousands of SARE-funded sustainable agriculture projects.