Source: The Daily Press, Amber Mullen
SARE Grantee Charly Ray of Northern Ecosystems Service, Agriculture Agent Jason Fischbach for the UW-Extension, and Jonathan Martin, forestry professor at Northland College, recently compiled a report suggesting that variable density successional thinning harvests of aspen in aspen-dominant forests is a viable and profitable alternative to clear-cutting.
The need to identify an alternative to clear-cutting initially spurred from landowner concerns about the appearance of land after a clear-cut, and forester’s concerns about elevated peak flows, increased...Read More
For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey—which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)—also details the challenges and benefits farmers expect...Read More
Are you a youth educator? Are you interested in educational resources for teaching youth about sustainable agriculture?
Every day, farmers and ranchers around the world develop new, innovative strategies to produce and distribute food, fuel and fiber sustainably. These strategies vary a lot – farm to farm and ranch to ranch -- but they all embrace three broad goals, or what SARE calls the 3 Pillars of Sustainability:
- Profit over the long term
- Stewardship of our nation’s land, air, and water
- Quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities
Now, you can help...Read More
NCR-SARE presented a free webinar on Sept. 16, 2014 about NCR-SARE's new Partnership Grant Program. The Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture.
You can view a recorded presentation that summarizes the content of that webinar here. This presentation is narrated by Beth Nelson.
Examples of appropriate NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Program projects include: developing a curriculum about food storage...Read More
The 2015 NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant Call for Proposals is now available.
Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality...Read More
The 2015 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available.
Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible. Projects should...Read More
The 2015 NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Program Call for Proposals is now available.
NCR-SARE’s new Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture.
Individual grants are limited to $30,000. For the current year funding of the Partnership Grant Program, up to $200,000 of the partnership grant pool of $340,000 in funds is available for projects focused on cover crops and soil health. For consideration...Read More
The 2015 NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available online.
NCR-SARE’s Research and Education (R&E) program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. Individual grants range from $10,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about seven to ten projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Research and Education Grant Program using our online submission system. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for...Read More
NCR-SARE wishes to extend congratulations to Dr. Rob Myers, NCR-SARE Regional Director of Extension Programs, who has recently been awarded the 2014 President's Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS).
The SWCS President’s Leadership Award is given at the discretion of the SWCS President in recognition of exemplary assistance to the President in helping to carry out the goals and objectives of the Soil and Water...Read More
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2014 Research and Education and Graduate Student competitive grant programs. More than 25 projects were awarded a total of more than $1.7 million through these two NCR-SARE grant programs, which offer competitive grants for researchers, graduate students, organizations, and others who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
For the 2014 Research and Education program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $1.6 million to nine projects ranging from $103,675 to $199,866. The Research and Education...Read More