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SARE Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications
SARE Fellows is a unique professional development opportunity for agricultural professionals working with farmers and ranchers. Submit your application by May 8, 2023.
New SARE Video: Managing Weeds in an Organic Almond Orchard
Many organic and conventional farmers are seeking ways to eliminate or reduce their use of synthetic herbicides. Understanding weeds is the first step towards managing them efficiently and ecologically. Now, two new videos in SARE’s Manage Weeds on Your Farm series explore organic almond grove weed control on Burroughs Family Farm’s 1,200-acre orchard in Denair, […]
Southern SARE Releases 2024 Research and Education Grant Call for Pre-proposals
GRIFFIN, Georgia -- The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its Call for Pre-proposals for the 2024 Research & Education Grants program. Research pre-proposals focus on sustainable agriculture based on a systems approach to research, which aims to understand how the components of a system interact with each […]
2023 SSARE Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals Now Open
GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has released the 2023 Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants. Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants are open to Master’s and PhD students, enrolled at accredited institutions across the Southern region, who are interested in exploring areas of sustainable agriculture through quantitative and […]
Farmers: Share Your Thoughts on Cover Crops in the National Cover Crop Survey!
Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops in an online survey at bit.ly/CoverCrop23. Why do you plant cover crops...or why don't you? What do you want to know? Your insight will help guide research, communications, seed development, and more. This National Cover Crop Survey is the seventh since 2012 conducted by the USDA-NIFA […]
"Farming Matters" Video Series Showcases Grantees
NCR-SARE's “Farming Matters” YouTube video series features farmers, ranchers, educators, and researchers sharing the stories of their sustainable agriculture research.
View the 2022 Annual Report
The Northeast SARE 2022 Annual Report is now available! Click above to view completed project outcomes, profiles of projects from across our competitive grant programs, and grants approved in 2022.
The Biggest Asset Is You
Utah State University (USU) Extension professor Josh Dallin had just wrapped up a presentation about livestock before an audience of farmers and ranchers, and he asked if there was any other information his listeners needed. The response was surprisingly out of the ordinary. “One of our largest cattle producers raised his hand and said, ‘I’m […]
NCR-SARE Announces 2023 Professional Development Call for Proposals
The 2023 NCR-SARE Professional Development Program call for grant proposals is now available. Proposals are due at 4pm central on April 6, 2023.
NCR-SARE Announces 2023 Graduate Student Call for Proposals
The Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals is now available. Proposals must be submitted online by 4pm central time, April 20, 2023.
Legume Cover Crops Have Potential as a Nitrogen and Forage Source in Semi-arid West Texas
SAN ANGELO, Texas – Farmers in west Texas are eyeing legume cover crops as a nitrogen and forage source to fill fallow periods between dryland, no-till wheat and cotton crop rotations. But finding the best fit for the area’s environmental challenges is proving tricky. So Texas A&M University researchers are working with farmers to develop […]
Graduate Student Research Grants Pause for 2023
The Northeast SARE Graduate Student Research Grant program will not be offered in Spring of 2023 as originally planned. Our capacity is limited this year as multiple staff will be on parental leave. We do plan to offer this program again in the coming year, and will share details as soon as they are available. […]
NCR-SARE Announces 2022 Research and Education Awards
Seventeen projects were awarded more than $3.8 million through this NCR-SARE grant program for researchers and educators.
Young Scholar Research Projects Introduce Students to STEM and Social Sciences
GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant program (SSARE) is giving young researchers an opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture. Through the James Harrison Hill, Sr. Young Scholar Enhancement Grant program, high school and undergraduate students are working alongside researchers on SSARE-funded projects, ranging from pollinators to nutrient management to […]
Sustaining the Human Spirit in Farm Country
A course in skills-based suicide alertness prepared Ruth Linkenmeyer-Meirick for a desperate call from a friend. “She was going through a divorce, and she was so overcome by grief and sadness it was hard to talk with her,” says Meirick. “Had I not taken the course, I wouldn’t have known what to do.” Meirick was […]
Identifying Pollen to Improve Honeybee Health
HUDSON, North Carolina – Honeybees forage their nutrition from two key plant sources: nectar and pollen. And while nectar is important, it’s the quality of pollen that is linked to colony health and growth, and may be the key to managing some of the major pollinator health issues like varroa mites and Colony Collapse Disorder. […]
New SARE Video: Managing Weeds in Organic Row Crops
Farmers have long relied on herbicides to control weeds in row cropping systems. But as consumer preferences change, many farmers are seeking to eliminate or reduce their use of synthetic herbicides where possible. Managing weeds without herbicides can be daunting, and it requires producers to understand the biology and behavior of problem weeds in order […]
Farmers Test Benefits of Using Hemp Stalks to Produce Mushrooms
When optimists are buried in proverbial lemons, they make lemonade. When the women who own Intentional Growth Farm in Utah had too many hemp stalks, they produced exceptionally large, tasty mushrooms. “We used the hemp stalks as the nutrient source for our oyster mushrooms, and customers said they were the best mushrooms they ever tasted,” […]
New SARE Bulletin: Transitioning to Organic Production
Since the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act passed, the market for organic products has steadily risen. In 2020, organic sales skyrocketed to an all-time high, motivating many farmers to consider transitioning their farms to organic production. While organic production can help farmers gain access to new markets, improve soil and increase profits, the transition process […]
Woven Shade Cloths Part of IPM Strategy to Exclude Pests from High Tunnels
DOTHAN, Alabama – Vegetable producer Sheena Bain, of Bain Home Gardens, sees the black woven shade cloth permanently installed on her high tunnel as a game changer in controlling a whole host of crop pests. “We’ve had success in managing pests in the high tunnel that we normally would not have, compared to the level […]