The 2017 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 emphasize research or education/demonstration.
There are three...Read More
The 2017 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
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the Research and Education, Graduate Student, and Professional Development competitive grant programs. 34 projects were awarded a total of more than $2.6 million through these three NCR-SARE grant programs, which offer competitive grants for researchers, graduate students, organizations, agricultural educators, and others who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
For the 2016 Research and Education program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $2 million to 11 projects ranging from $165,600...Read More
Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops. Multi-year data shows the yield boost increases as cover crops are planted year after year, a revelation that points to an appealing long-term benefit of the conservation practice. The survey offers data unavailable elsewhere, providing a vital glimpse into farmers’ use of and perceptions about cover crops: Previous SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Surveys have been used by researchers and farm groups, and even...Read More
The Administrative Council of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) will meet from 11:30am on Wednesday, July 13 until 3pm on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
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
With help from an NCR-SARE Graduate Student grant, Aimee Talbot wants to help organic farms safely manage pests by engaging directly with farmers to help them learn and implement horticulture techniques studied at the University of Minnesota.
Source: U of MN Graduate School, Andrea Willgohs
As the nation takes a more critical look at corporate agriculture and the environmental effects of pesticides, the demand for organic produce is on the rise. But what makes these systems financially sustainable? While broad-spectrum pesticides make it easy for large farms to control insects...Read More
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Brad Brummond of Park River, North Dakota and Linda (Moosman) Kleinschmit of Hartington, Nebraska are being honored as 2016 “NCR-SARE Heroes.”
Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the north central region. The NCR-SARE Hero Recognition honors individuals who 1) have provided service to NCR-SARE or national SARE, 2) have shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and 3)...Read More
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