The 2014 NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals is now available online.
Graduate students enrolled at colleges or universities in the North Central region can submit proposals to fund sustainable agriculture projects that will be part of their educational programs. In 2014, $150,000 will be available to fund about 15 grant projects. Individual grants are for $10,000 total, and can fund projects lasting up to 36 months.
NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Graduate Student Grant Program using our online submission system. More information about the online submission...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. 26 until noon on Friday, Feb. 28 2014.
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
In 2006, the REAP Food Group received an NCR-SARE grant to start the "Buy Fresh Buy Local" program in Wisconsin with 12 partners. Recently, four more Madison area restaurants have dedicated themselves to serving locally-grown produce and joined REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program.
Source: The Badger Herald, Eden Finer
Four Madison area restaurants have dedicated themselves to serving locally-grown produce and joined REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program.
Buy Fresh Buy Local Manager Theresa Feiner said Heritage Tavern, Banzo, The Freehouse Pub and The...Read More
NCR-SARE is seeking nominees* for two seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:
- Representative of a state agricultural experiment station**
- Representative of a non-profit organization***
*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 agriculture experiment station representative can be an agriculture faculty member with at least a partial research appointment or an agriculture experiment station administrator from one of the land grant universities in the 12-state...Read More
In 2010, University of Illinois crop scientist, Darin Eastburn, received an NCR-SARE Research and Education grant to study the use of cover crops in the prevention of soil erosion and suppression of weed growth in soybeans. So far, cereal rye and rapeseed are the most promising crops he's tested.
Source: Harvest Public Media, Peter Gray
Midwest farmers who rely on healthy soybean harvests have one more reason to consider adding cereal rye into their crop rotation in 2014.
Research conducted in Illinois indicates certain cover crops left in the ground during...Read More
Source: Dairyherd Network
Livestock producers, Extension educators, and agribusiness professionals from around the Midwest interested in improving forages and pasture productivity should attend the Heart of America Grazing Conference Jan. 20-21.
The conference will be at the Clarion Hotel, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. The conference, now in its 13th year, rotates among Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio and features speakers from many states.
Jason Tower, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center superintendent, said the conference will highlight improved grazing...Read More
Michigan farmer and 2013 SARE grantee, Mike Wixtrom, is experimenting with potato varieties in a replicated trial in Marquette County. Thus far, statistically, there have been real differences among the varieties. This project is an example of how SARE-supported, on-farm crop trials can help producers identify best management practices for their own, specific farming conditions.
Source: Michigan State University, Jim Isleib
Mike Wixtrom wanted to find out which potato varieties would be best for his new farm in Republic, Mich. This Marquette County farmer ramped...Read More
From a program that will work with female farmland owners, to a project that will work with organic livestock professionals, NCR-SARE recommended funding more than $350,000 in Professional Development Program grants in 2013.
NCR-SARE Professional Development Program competitive grants emphasize training agricultural educators in extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, private, and not-for-profit sectors, using farmers as educators and addressing emerging issues in the farm community.
Here are the Professional Development Program grant projects that NCR-SARE recommended...Read More
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