To bring awareness of, recognize, and pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sustainable agriculture in the North Central region, NCR-SARE is accepting nominations for the “NCR-SARE Hero” recognition.
Recommendations received by April 17, 2016 will be considered for the 2016 award. The NCR-SARE Hero award will be announced in July 2016.
Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, the award will recognize the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the region. The NCR-SARE Hero...Read More
NCR-SARE's Farmers Forum is an event that gives farmers, ranchers, and others the chance to share information about sustainable agriculture practices with a national audience.
At the 2016 Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) conference, attendees had an opportunity to attend an NCR-SARE Farmers Forum featuring NCR-SARE grantees talking about their on-farm research. NCR-SARE is pleased to be able to bring you videos of the Farmers Forum presentations from the 2016 PFI Conference.Read More
Brandon Jaeger and Michelle Ajamian have received several grants from NCR-SARE to support their work to scale up local production of high-nutrient grains and beans. The story below highlights some of their work.
Source: Columbus Crave, Beth Stallings
Brandon Jaeger and Michelle Ajamian sit across from each other at the center of a long table they’ve haphazardly strung together from four-tops at Athens’ hippie Mexican eatery Casa Nueva. One by one, as their friends arrive—a recent college grad in a maxi skirt, a toddler-wheeling couple sporting dreadlocks—Jaeger and...Read More
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the Youth Educator Grant Program. For the 2016 Youth Educator Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $23,000 to 12 projects. The competitive Youth Educator Grant Program supports educators who seek to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Those selected to receive funding included (in order by state):
- Alana Reynolds of Grow Springfield in Springfield, IL was recommended to receive $2,000 for the project, “Boys & Girls Club Community Garden.”
- Thomas Elsey of Triton College in River Grove, IL was...
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2016 Farmer Rancher Grant Program. More than 40 grant projects were selected to receive a total of more than $400,000 through this NCR-SARE grant program, which offers competitive grants for farmers and ranchers who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
The Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. Those...Read More
SARE grantee, Jeff Liston, argues that grassland management is the key to grazing efficiency for cattle. Read more about his SARE project below.
Source: Iowa Farmer Today, Caitlin Ellingson
AMES — Efficiency and diversity were buzzwords at the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council annual conference Jan. 21-22 at Iowa State University.
Forage producers and industry representatives educated the audience about grazing, cattle production and various grassland topics.
Jeff Liston, of Turtle Rock Angus in Lovilia, brought up the issue of grassland maintenance on cattle production.
The 2016 NCR-SARE Professional Development Program call for proposals is now available online.
NCR-SARE’s Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system.
Projects can be up to three years in duration, and funding level is capped at $75,000 for each project, but...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. 10 until 3pm on Thursday, Feb. 11 2016. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Ramada 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
NCR-SARE's 2016 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 for up to $12,000 to fund sustainable agriculture projects that will be part of their educational programs. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 15 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Graduate Student Grant Program using our online submission system. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals. Proposals...Read More
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects selected for the 2016 Partnership Grant Program.
For the 2016 Partnership Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $300,000 to 10 projects. NCR-SARE’s 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. Those selected to receive funding included (in order by state):
- Jason Grimm with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in Amana, Iowa...