Annual Plan of Work Summary
2015 Plan of Work
North Dakota SARE continues to expand its development of partnerships with the nongovernmental 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 for 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 four initiatives proposed in this plan include the regional Food, Fiber, and Fuel training initiative, two initiatives that build on previous PDP efforts, and one initiative that was requested by the advisory board. Within each initiative there is an objective to further involve and build our relationship with the ND tribal colleges and youth. The broad objective for SARE PDP in North Dakota remains supporting sustainable agriculture via well trained agricultural 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.