A new SARE-supported report about food hub development and emerging food hub activity in Iowa shows food hubs play a significant role in the state's local and regional food economy.
The first coordinated study of food hub development in Iowa shows food hubs play a significant role in the state's local and regional food economy. Thirteen food hubs purchased $4.5 million in food from more than 450 Iowa farmers and supported 58 jobs.
That's just the revenue and jobs reported by only some of the food hubs identified in the study conducted by a group of local and...Read More
Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops—whether or not they use cover crops themselves—in a national survey, now in its third year of collecting valuable data on the increasingly popular management practice. The results, which will be released this summer, will help growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers and policymakers more effectively address questions about cover crops and learn about best practices.
The online survey at http://2014-2015covercropsurvey.questionpro.com takes a short time to complete. Farmers who complete the questionnaire...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. 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