State News and Activities
This story features the Chicago Botanic Garden and information about their NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant. Read more information about their grant project, on the online MySARE reporting system.
Source: Julie McCaffrey, Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 7, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden has done groundbreaking work as a result of a two-year grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant reaches...Read More
NCR-SARE and Farm Credit Services of Illinois are sponsoring a MarketReady/MarketMaker workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2011. Read below for more information.
Source: The Register-Mail
Interested in what restaurant chefs and retail managers are looking for in purchasing local produce? In one day, you will receive information about current food policy legislation, how to build relationships and communicate with managers and chefs, proper packaging and labeling to sell, marketing strategies, pricing structures, and much more to help you get started...Read More
The following story appeared in the January 2012 issue of the North Central Region Intergrated Pest Managment Center's newsletter, The Connection.
Source: The Connection
In Rochester, IL, Stu Jacobson, a retired researcher for the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been working for years to increase interest and understanding among beekeepers in Illinois, eastern Missouri, and southern Wisconsin.
While Jacobson’s interest in bees started decades ago in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he lived and kept bees from 1970 to 1991, he eventually started...Read More
Two high tunnel workshops have been planned in Illinois. These are sponsored, in part, by the Illinois SARE Professional Development Program.
- University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center near Simpson in far southern Illinois, November 22, 2011, 9am to 3pm. This program, led by Jeff Kindhart, will include information on winter salad greens production, brambles, vertical stacking systems, hydroponics, and greenhouse production of vegetable transplants. There is no charge for this programs, but pre-registration is required, and attendance at each program will be capped at 40. To register,...
Two MarketReady/MarketMaker workshops are taking place in Illinois. These are sponsored, in part, by the Illinois SARE Professional Development Program.
MarketReady is a program designed to help small and mid-sized producers understand the evolving commercial market opportunities for locally produced foods. While grocery store chains, distributors, institutions, schools and restaurants have traditionally sourced produce, meats, eggs, cheese and other value-added items from large farms and processors located in regions of concentrated production (California, Florida and beyond), increasing transportation...Read More
In 2006, Jody and Beth Osmund received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant that helped them purchase a market trailer and a cold plate refrigeration unit as the foundation of their meat CSA and farmers market sales at Cedar Valley Farm.
Today, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA has made a new life and new business for themselves raising and selling first vegetables and then antibiotic-free and additive-free beef, chicken, pork, and eggs.
Source: AgriNews, Jeannine Otto
Jody and Beth Osmund don’t expect the sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International to bring a mass exodus of concerned...Read More
Type: From the Field Profile
Ranch ownership transitions can be complex, involving issues such as generational needs, tax issues, social attitudes, and recreational landowner competition. In an effort to help simplify the process, Calvin Adams of Beloit, KS, Cade Rensink of Ada, KS, and Ted Alexander of Medicine Lodge, KS, and the Kansas Ranch and Range Management Internship Program are working to get experienced and well-trained young ranchers back on the ranch through a summer internship program.
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
Growing a Future
Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile
At the time of this project, Dan Kenney was a school teacher and coordinator of DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG), a nonprofit organization that helps establish school and neighborhood gardens throughout DeKalb County.
Kenney noticed that many of his students didn’t make the connection that the foods they ate were a result of the agricultural activities they saw going on around them. With approximately 14 percent of the county’s residents considered food insecure and about half of the students in the county receiving reduced or free lunches, chances were they weren’t getting much fresh food. Kenney saw this problem and decided to enact change.