William Sexten, a state beef specialist with MU Extension, received a NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to develop a grazing-wedge program at the University of Missouri. Read more about the grazing wedge program and Sexten's work below.
Source: Missouri Farmer Today, Benjamin Herrold
A light rain fell on the rolling hills of Denny Pogue’s pastures on his Phelps County farm. Pogue eased his pickup out across the pasture, checking his first-calf heifers.
It was a gray November day. Pogue, who has a herd of about 85 cows, noted the grass was greener than normal for this time of year,...Read More
On Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, Gail Fuller will lead a cover crops workshop, “Do Cover Crops help your “bottom-line”: The Economic Benefits and Costs of Cover Crops upon Cash Crops, Livestock and Soil Health?” at the UNL Kimmel Education Center (5985 G Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410).
Several resources like No-Till on the Plains (NTOP), Gail Fuller, UNL No-Till and Extension, NRCS, SARE, Ward Labs, Arrow Seed, Green Cover Seeds, Stock Seed Company, World Food Processors, NE Environmental Trust, and others (being finalized) have combined to develop a well-rounded day to meet...Read More
SDSU Extension will host the 2013 Organic Agriculture Conference in Sioux Falls Dec. 2-3 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel 3200 W. Maple St. Sioux Falls (just off exit 81 on I-29).
The event is co-sponsored by SDSU Extension, USDA's Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the South Dakota State University IPM Program, and NCR-SARE.
The Organic Agriculture Conference provides a great networking opportunity between fellow organic producers, exposure to new management methods and practices and an opportunity to interact with experts from around the nation.
Featured Speakers include: Carmen Fernholz —...Read More
On November 18, 2013, our dear SARE colleague and friend, Dr. William (Bill) Wilcke, passed away.
Bill was born and raised on a small, diversified crop and livestock farm in northwest Iowa. As with many farming families in the 1950s, hard work and perseverance were valued. After graduating from Battle Creek High School, Wilcke received all...Read More
Looking to brush up on your pest management skills? Register now to ensure your spot at a pioneering workshop designed to serve specialty crop, field crop, and landscape professionals.
With support from a NCR-SARE Professional Development Program grant, the third annual Integrated Pest Management Academy will be held Feb. 18-19, 2014, at the Okemos Conference Center in Okemos, Mich., located just outside of East Lansing, Mich. The 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a two-day workshop with information to help you improve your IPM practices...Read More
The 15th Annual Midwest Value Added Agricultural Conference (MVAAC) is taking place January 23-24th, 2014 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. This year, the MVAAC will include an NCR-SARE Farmers Forum with presentations on hop production, using medicinal herbs as alternative cash crops, using forest biomass to create a wildflower nursery, and eliminating buckthorn with goats. Here is more information about the NCR-SARE Farmers Forum presentations:
- Eliminating Invasive Buckthorn with Goats, an Ecological and Habitat Restoration Study, presented by Kim Hunter,of Fossil Ridge Farm; The Green...
Do you raise grass steers? A SARE-supported project conducted at the The Dickinson Research Extension Center in North Dakota found that properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase rib-eye area in long yearling steers by 25 percent.
Source: Cattle Network, by Chris Ringwall
Properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase rib-eye area in long yearling steers by 25 percent. Occasionally, data comes across the desk that causes one to sit back and say: Wow, could you repeat that? Yes, properly managed forage supplies have the potential to increase...Read More
Source: Rapid City Journal
SARE grantee, Tom Barnes, was highlighted in the Rapid City Journal for his project to explore the development of a chevon (goat meat) market in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, and share information about meat goats.
Tom Barnes believes he has a winning product that was recently vindicated to a small degree.
The Custer man was serving his goat stew to cook-off judges and the public recently at the Dakota Country Lifestyles Expo at the Central States Fairgrounds and wound up winning the people's choice award and a $100 prize.
The 2014 NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available online.
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 types...Read More
The 2014 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. 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 of life; and good for the environment long term. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000,...Read More