The 2011 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program Call for Preproposals is now available online at http://sare.org/ncrsare/PDP/pdp.htm
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...Read More
A Guide to Which Programs are Most Likely to Partially Reimburse You for Cover Cropping
Source: Corn & Soybean Digest
Need help with cover-crop expenses? It’s available through a virtual smorgasbord of government and state programs.
The alphabet of programs – EQIP, CSP, SARE, MRBI, GLRI and more – offer qualifying growers $20-50 or more/acre in assistance. They are available through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and some state entities and are especially a hit on no-till and strip-till operations. (Program descriptions and application instructions are available...Read More
Source: Kansas Farmer
If you've been thinking there might be an agritourism application for your farm or if you are interested in Farmers Market direct marketing, then a Feb. 26 conference in Clyde is one you don't want to miss.
The "Direct Marketing Tools for Farmers Markets and Agritourism Enterprises" Conference will cover different aspects of of agritourism, profitability, marketing and high tunnel production.
Conference speakers include farmers market managers, fruit and vegetable farmers and others experienced in agricultural marketing and agritourism.
The conference will be held...Read More
NCR-SARE is seeking nominees for five seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:
- Kansas – farmer/rancher*
- Indiana – extension representative
- South Dakota – research representative
- At large** – USDA-NRCS representative
- At large – agribusiness representative
*Should be actively engaged in farming or ranching in Kansas.**At large representatives should 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 term for each of these SARE Administrative Council slots...Read More
In the news feature below, Joan Williams of Arlington demonstrates how goat milk is pasteurized to make a soft cheese called chèvre.
Source: The Brookings Register
BY: Vicki Schuster
There’s an extra dozen kids – give or take one or two – running around Joan and Gordon Williams’ farm these days. They aren’t human – they’re the “goat kind” of kids, a mixed herd of Alpine and Saanen dairy goats. They’re there because Joan Williams has a dream – a cheesy dream.
Over the past decade, Joan has been adding to her herd of goats at the family...Read More
Source: The Messenger
MARSHALLTOWN - They were as diverse as the farming operations they came from, or wanted to start.
Forty people attended an afternoon-long session called "Farmville - For Real" on Friday at Marshalltown Community College during the first of a two-day annual conference for Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Some were young farmers just getting a start. Others were older farmers looking to expand their operations into new revenue streams. Others were ending "town careers" and wanted to retire into farming. Before they left, each operation had the chance to sit down...Read More
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Farmers wanting to get into the agritourism industry can better understand the risks and potential liability they will face by attending a workshop being held next month in conjunction with the Indiana Horticultural Congress and Trade Show.
The workshop will be on Jan. 18 at the Wyndham Hotel, 2544 Executive Drive, in Indianapolis near the old airport terminal.
Participants will learn about risks and liability associated with such agritourism activities and operations such as hayrides, workshops, seasonal festivals, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfast...Read More
Need help with your NCR-SARE grant proposal?
If you are a farmer who is a member of a historically socially disadvantaged group*, you are invited to use a grants advising service of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
MFAI’s GrantAdvisor can help you apply to grant and cost-share programs of your state or the federal government that could help you improve your farming business. These can be programs of any federal or state agency, not just the USDA. We will assist individual producers or associations of farmers who have never received a federal grant or cost-share...Read More
Source: Agriculture.com by: Raylene Nickel
Soil comes to life in the classroom of vocational agriculture teacher Marcus Lewton at South Heart High School, South Heart, North Dakota. His creative teaching tools, contained in a soil-quality tool kit, unveil to students the microscopic citizens of the soil, such as fungi and bacteria. Students also learn the critical role of all microorganisms in soil and plant health. For high school senior Michael Zarak, whose parents farm and ranch near South Heart, learning about soil builds a foundation for the future.
“It’s important for young people to...Read More
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune
By Cathy Salter
With our own meadow garden now fully at rest, Kit and I continue to find our kitchen filled with greens and vegetables. Seems impossible this could be so given the fact that December is on the horizon. But this is the magic of belonging to a winter subscription farm, or CSA (community-supported agriculture). From October to April, Jennifer and Keith Grabner from Wintergreen Farm deliver a box of fresh greens and vegetables to our door late every Friday afternoon.
I first met Jenny when she and her colleague Lesli Moylan began a schoolyard garden...Read More