Annual Plan of Work Summary
2014 Plan of Work Summary
The Nebraska SARE Advisory Committee has been important in the development of the 2014 Nebraska SARE Plan of Work. The fifteen members of the committee that make up the committee represent a wide variety of Nebraska organizations that are interested and involved in sustainable agriculture projects. We had two members leave the committee in 2013. We have added two new members to the committee. The whole committee met two times, once via conference call on June 7th to discuss programs and activities in the 2013 Plan of Work and once face-to-face on December 6th to review 2013 programs, but to more importantly provide input in the development of the 2014 SARE Plan of Work. The Nebraska SARE Advisory Committee is represented by 5 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educators and one UNL Extension Specialist, one member of the NRCS, another member who is a representative of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, a retired Extension Educator and former SARE State Coordinator, Vice President of the Nebraska Food Cooperative and a member of the Board of Directors of “No More Empty Pots”, a non-profit organization that promotes regional and sustainable food security. In serving as an ex-officio member of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Board of Directors, board member of Buy Fresh, Buy Local Nebraska, and President of the Ag Section of the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, I have the opportunity to receive input from stakeholders on how Nebraska SARE funds can be used most efficiently to increase awareness and knowledge of SARE and sustainable agriculture.
In 2014 I am planning on having a SARE exhibit at a number of conferences throughout Nebraska. The exhibit will include SARE publications, resources of SARE grant opportunities and the Nebraska and NCR SARE displays. I or someone else representing Nebraska SARE will participate in Market Place in West Point, the NSAS Healthy Farms Conference, the Nebraska Women in Ag Conference and the Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney and the Western Nebraska Sustainable Crop and Livestock Conference scheduled in Ogallala. .
We will continue to promote the Farmer/Rancher Grant and the SARE Youth Educator Grant Programs at the above listed conferences and other activities throughout 2014. SARE grants and publications will be used as resources and promoted in beginning farmer programs conducted in Nebraska in 2014.
- Regional Training Program –Carbon, Energy and Climate
- Regional Conferences Focusing on Sustainable Agriculture issues
- Diversity in Sustainable Agriculture
- Scaling Up Local Food Systems
- Web-based Education of Sustainable Agriculture
State Advisory Committee
To share the load of planning responsibility, state coordinators are expected to assemble and work with a state sustainable agriculture advisory committee to plan training activities in each state. Often included are members representing sustainable agriculture farmers, commercial farmers, agribusiness, NRCS, non-profits, lenders, and rural community leaders. Some committees include individuals from farmers markets, environmental groups and farm organizations.
The advisory committee will assist the Nebraska SARE state coordinator in identifying training needs in the state and help design programs to meet their needs.