NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2014 Farmer Rancher and Youth Educator competitive grant programs. More than 50 grant projects were selected to receive a total of more than $.5 million through these two NCR-SARE grant programs, which offer competitive grants for farmers, ranchers, youth educators, organizations, and others who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
For the 2014 Farmer Rancher Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $486,000 to more than 40 projects ranging from $1,370 to $22,500. The...Read More
Two educators from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy received an NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant to explore use of aquaponics in the classroom, conduct Next Generation Science Standards-compatible curriculum development, and conduct outreach activities at the Cincinnati Zoo, Krohn Conservatory, and North Avondale Montessori School. They presented their work at the 2014 Farmers Forum, held at the 2014 OEFFA Conference.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Kevin Savage and Gary Delanoy, along with three juniors who are actively involved with independent...Read More
Extension Educators, NGO’s, and outreach and policy professionals who are involved with agriculture, energy, and natural resources won’t want to miss the 2014 Extension Energy and Environment Summit.
This event will include conventional conference sessions, as well as extension speed sharing sessions and multiple field tours. The conference will be held September 23-25, 2014 at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, Iowa.
The conference will kick-off with an evening plenary session from John Gilliland, titled, “Sustainable Intensification: What Is It and...Read More
The 2014 NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals is now available online.
Graduate students enrolled at colleges or universities in the North Central region can submit proposals to fund sustainable agriculture projects that will be part of their educational programs. In 2014, $150,000 will be available to fund about 15 grant projects. Individual grants are for $10,000 total, and can fund projects lasting up to 36 months.
NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Graduate Student Grant Program using our online submission system. More information about the online submission...Read More
The Administrative Council of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) will meet from 1:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 26 until noon on Friday, Feb. 28 2014.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Ramada Inn in Bloomington, MN.
Written comments can be sent to NCR-SARE at 1390 Eckles Avenue, Suite 120, St Paul, MN 55108.
CONTACT: Marie Flanagan, 612-625-7027Read More
In 2006, the REAP Food Group received an NCR-SARE grant to start the "Buy Fresh Buy Local" program in Wisconsin with 12 partners. Recently, four more Madison area restaurants have dedicated themselves to serving locally-grown produce and joined REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program.
Source: The Badger Herald, Eden Finer
Four Madison area restaurants have dedicated themselves to serving locally-grown produce and joined REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program.
Buy Fresh Buy Local Manager Theresa Feiner said Heritage Tavern, Banzo, The Freehouse Pub and The...Read More
NCR-SARE is seeking nominees* for two seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:
- Representative of a state agricultural experiment station**
- Representative of a non-profit organization***
*Council members must be from one of the 12 states that comprise the North Central SARE region. Those states are IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI.
**The agriculture experiment station representative can be an agriculture faculty member with at least a partial research appointment or an agriculture experiment station administrator from one of the land grant universities in the 12-state...Read More
In 2010, University of Illinois crop scientist, Darin Eastburn, received an NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to study the use of cover crops in the prevention of soil erosion and suppression of weed growth in soybeans. So far, cereal rye and rapeseed are the most promising crops he's tested.
Source: Harvest Public Media, Peter Gray
Midwest farmers who rely on healthy soybean harvests have one more reason to consider adding cereal rye into their crop rotation in 2014.
Research conducted in Illinois indicates certain cover crops left in the ground during...Read More
Source: Dairyherd Network
Livestock producers, Extension educators, and agribusiness professionals from around the Midwest interested in improving forages and pasture productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference Jan. 20-21.
The conference will be at the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. The conference, now in its 13th year, rotates among Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and features speakers from many states.
Jason Tower, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center superintendent, said the conference will highlight improved grazing...Read More
Michigan farmer and 2013 SARE grantee, Mike Wixtrom, is experimenting with potato varieties in a replicated trial in Marquette County. Thus far, statistically, there have been real differences among the varieties. This project is an example of how SARE-supported, on-farm crop trials can help producers identify best management practices for their own, specific farming conditions.
Source: Michigan State University, Jim Isleib
Mike Wixtrom wanted to find out which potato varieties would be best for his new farm in Republic, Mich. This Marquette County farmer ramped...Read More