Learn About SARE's Work Across America

"This project was the starting point for a very strong network of farmers who are innovating, experimenting and finding their work to be rewarding both intellectually and financially." Robin Moore, Land Stewardship Project

The above comments by Robin Moore of the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota refer specifically to a SARE-funded network of farmers using cover crops to improve soil health, but they could just as easily apply to the whole SARE program. Since 1988, USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) has been a farmer-driven research and knowledge-sharing program, and among our greatest achievements is that we encourage farmers, ranchers, educators and researchers who are passionate about innovating, experimenting and finding ways to make growing food more rewarding for themselves, the environment and their communities.

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The theme of this 30th anniversary report is “Our Farms, Our Future.” Taken together, the thousands of men and women who have received SARE grants and shaped SARE priorities over the years have one objective in common: making American agriculture stronger and more sustainable. There are as many ways to do this as there are farmers and ranchers in this country, so I invite you to read on for a glimpse at some ways motivated people are using SARE grants to make a difference both locally and nationally.

In this issue you will see how SARE investments are contributing in such critical areas as water conservation, grazing management, soil health, local market opportunities and the human dimensions of food production.

Rob Hedberg, SARE Director, 2018