Annual Plan of Work Summary
2014 Plan of Work
North Dakota SARE continues to expand its development of partnerships with the non- governmental organizations, Tribal colleges, Natural Resource Conservation service, soil conservation districts. ND SARE provides a close relationship with the university outreach through educating and collaborating with NDSU Extension educators. The greatest successes for the ND SARE PDP in North Dakota have been with educators working with NGOs and NDSU and Tribal College Extension programs. We have had several successful projects over the years with Soil Conservation Districts and the Resource Conservation and Development programs.
Extension in North Dakota continues to be county-based and regionally supported with research extension Centers and state faculty at NDSU Fargo Campus. Extension activities at the 1994 Land grant Tribal colleges in North Dakota are encouraged. NDSU continues to be a strong supporter of the SARE program and sustainable agriculture across the sciences, but doesn’t have specific funding sustainable agriculture education and outreach.
The transition in the ND SARE program to the appointment of Co-Coordinators to lead the project is working quite well. More outreach, enhanced communication, and an increase in funded professional development program have occurred with the change to co-coordinators. The goals and objectives of the program have not changed. ND SARE continues to enhance sustainable agriculture education in the state and develop the knowledge base of educators and clientele.
The three initiatives proposed in this plan include the regional Food, Fiber, and Fuel training initiative and others that build on previous PDP efforts from which we have had some success. Within each initiative there is an objective to further involve and build our relationship with the ND tribal colleges. The broad objective for SARE PDP in North Dakota remains supporting sustainable agriculture via well trained agricultural educators.
The North Dakota SARE program will continue to bring SARE to the public via the www.NDSARE.info website, email notices, interviews, displays at meetings, speaker sponsorship at meetings, the 4H Soil Health Activity Box, professional development activities, and news releases. The State Co-Coordinators will also promote SARE grant and information opportunities and provide assistance to grant writers, usually via the telephone or email. SARE Advisors in North Dakota continue to push for greater support of youth, so continued outreach to youth, youth educator, and graduate student grant writers will remain a significant activity in 2014. Advisors also continue to promote greater inclusion of 1994 Land Grant programs and staff.
- Promote the National Sustainable Agricultural On-Line Course to 6-14 sustainable agriculture educators/agents
- Distribute 4-5 news releases/emails for Regional SARE grant programs
- Perform 12-20 in-person Client consultations; respond to client questions via phone and email
- Make 4-8 presentations on Sustainable agriculture, SARE programs and grant application advice to North Dakota clients
- Promote SARE at 4-8 State Meetings/conferences via presentations, exhibits and/or sponsorships
- Create and distribute ‘success stories’ on North Dakota SARE competitive grantees to generate awareness
- Update ND SARE website with sustainable agricultural information and promote SARE materials
- Support national, SARE regional, and/or state sustainable ag activities and programs for 50 educators
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 SARE state coordinators in identifying training needs in the state and help design programs to meet their needs.