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
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the Youth Educator Grant Program. For the 2016 Youth Educator Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $23,000 to 12 projects. The competitive Youth Educator Grant Program supports educators who seek to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Those selected to receive funding included (in order by state):
- Alana Reynolds of Grow Springfield in Springfield, IL was recommended to receive $2,000 for the project, “Boys & Girls Club Community Garden.”
- Thomas Elsey of Triton College in River Grove, IL was...
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2016 Farmer Rancher Grant Program. More than 40 grant projects were selected to receive a total of more than $400,000 through this NCR-SARE grant program, which offers competitive grants for farmers and ranchers who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
The Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. Those...Read More
SARE grantee, Jeff Liston, argues that grassland management is the key to grazing efficiency for cattle. Read more about his SARE project below.
Source: Iowa Farmer Today, Caitlin Ellingson
AMES — Efficiency and diversity were buzzwords at the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council annual conference Jan. 21-22 at Iowa State University.
Forage producers and industry representatives educated the audience about grazing, cattle production and various grassland topics.
Jeff Liston, of Turtle Rock Angus in Lovilia, brought up the issue of grassland maintenance on cattle production.
The 2016 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 for each project, but...Read More