The Administrative Council of the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) will meet from 1:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 25 until 3pm on Thursday, Feb. 26. 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
The 2015 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 total for each project,...Read More
NCR-SARE is seeking nominees* for the following seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:
- At-large representative of an agriculture college or university**
- Representative of a state department of agriculture
- Representative of agribusiness
*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 at-large representative of an agriculture college or university can be a researcher or educator.
***Farmer/rancher representatives must be actively engaged in...Read More
Source: Ag Answers, Tracy Turner
Ohio SARE State Coordinator, Mike Hogan, has been named president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
An Ohio State University Extension educator has been named president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Mike Hogan, who is also an associate professor with OSU Extension and a sustainable agriculture coordinator, was recently elected president of the national professional extension organization. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and...Read More
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