From the Field Archives - More From the Collection

From the Field Archives - More From the Collection

From the Field Archives - More From the Collection

Raising Locally-Adapted and Disease Resistant Queens in Illinois

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

To help increase the prevalence of locally-raised bees in Illinois, Stu Jacobson used a SARE grant to start the Illinois Queen Initiative (IQI). The organization provides training to beekeepers on how to raise queens that are adapted to Illinois' harsh winters, and resistant to disease and the varroa mite.

Managing Drought Risk On the Ranch

The Role of Drought Preparedness in Improving the Sustainability of Great Plains Ranches

Type: From the Field Profile

Producers throughout the nation continue to grow increasingly concerned about water scarcity. Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural educators are exploring new approaches to the challenges associated with water shortage and drought.

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Multi-Farm Cooperative Model

Small-Scale Farmers Create Cooperative to Improve Distribution

Type: From the Field Profile

In 2013, Monica Bongue received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to develop a small farm cooperative food distribution model in Wooster, Ohio. By 2014, Bongue and a group of farmers formed a not-for-profit cooperative registered in the state of Ohio as Farm Roots Connection Cooperative.

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Bovine Mastitis Treatment

Professor Tests Non-Antibiotic Therapies

Type: From the Field Profile

While mastitis is the most frequent disease condition in dairy cattle, the most common treatment for it -antibiotics- aren’t used in organic milk production. Mastitis affects animal health, longevity in the herd, and the production of quality milk. Although non-antibiotic products for mastitis have been marketed, limited data is available regarding the safety and efficacy of these products.

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On-Farm Soybean Trials

Extension Educator Identifies Promissing Organic Soybean Varieties

Type: From the Field Profile

Organic soybeans are commonly used for food grade products, yet these seed systems have struggled historically. According to the US Department of Agriculture, organic soybeans account for less than one percent of soybeans produced in the United States (agcensus.usda.gov, 2007). Michigan has significant organic food grade soybean production, but non-GMO soybean varieties are becoming less available due to many factors including seed contamination, limited breeding programs, conflicting selection criteria, and lack of awareness and communication.

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Artificial Insemination

Training Farmers to Breed Sheep

Type: From the Field Profile

Artificial insemination (AI) has become widely popular in breeding livestock, because it allows farmers to make faster genetic improvement in their animals, enhance biosecurity, and decrease breeding related costs of production. Despite these benefits, some farmers are hesitant to use sheep breeding becaue sheep have a complex reproductive anatomy. Farmer Don Brown and Dr. Craig Zimmerly received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to test the success rate of AI and share information on AI techniques in sheep.

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Aquaponics in the Classroom

Using Aquaponics to Teach Core Science Concepts

Type: From the Field Profile

Students at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy are being exposed to their core science concepts in a new way. They are learning biology, chemistry, physics, and other core scientific concepts through hands-on modules based on an aquaponics system.

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Urban Farmers Unite to Market Sustainable Goods

Creating a Collaborative Marketing Presence

Type: From the Field Profile

Four urban farms in Indianapolis have created IndyGrown, a collaborative marketing presence for urban farms. Each farm is distinct in size, location, and personality, but all share similar farming practices and philosophies. Using sustainable growing practices, IndyGrown farms are creating green space in the urban core and repurposing vacant land in Indianapolis.

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Niche Nuts

Nut Crop Production, Processing, and Marketing in the North Central Region

Type: From the Field Profile

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, America’s top nut producers are California, producing nearly 90% of tree nuts in America; Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas, raising 75% of America’s pecan crop; and Oregon, raising the majority of America’s hazelnut crop.

Kurt Belser is the owner of the The Wingnuttery in Albany, Ohio, where he grows, produces, and wild harvests hickory nuts, black walnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts. In 2012, he received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to create a prototype regional-scale nut production, processing, and value-adding system in Southeast Ohio. His goal is to create a regional-scale nut processing facility that will be replicable for other areas in the region, and wherever nuts are a viable crop.

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Scaling Up by Developing a Planting Cart

Improving Worker Comfort and Efficiency

Type: From the Field Profile

Perkins’ Good Earth Farm is a small family farm that operates on 19 acres. They currently grow only one-quarter acre of organic garlic but hope to increase their productivity in this area by 50 percent. Two major challenges in achieving this goal are the cost of additional labor and worker comfort during planting and harvesting. Dan and Julie Perkins applied for an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to explore a way to improve worker comfort and efficiency.

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Low Tunnel Strategies

Microclimate Modification and Early Vegetable Production

Type: From the Field Profile

Producers have few options when challenged by climate limitations. One frost can substantially damage a crop, but farmers need to plant as early as possible to obtain the maximum growing degree days for their crop to produce well. As a graduate student at Michigan State University, Rebekah Struck Faivor wanted to help improve profitability of fresh market vegetables in Michigan and the North Central region, so she applied for an NCR-SARE Graduate Student grant to develop, test, and demonstrate new low tunnel strategies for frost protection and early harvest in Michigan.

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Profitable Rabbit Production

Establishing a Commercial Distribution Channel

Type: From the Field Profile

Rabbit meat is high in protein and low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium when compared to most of the meats eaten in the U.S. Rabbit meat has great potential to feed people in developing countries and could be promoted in the U.S. as a healthful, natural meat and a small farm asset (Fanatico, Anne. “Rabbit Production.” ATTRA. October 2005).

On his family farm in Indianapolis, Nick Carter wanted to know whether meat rabbitries could be a new revenue opportunity for small family farms. He applied for an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to conduct a feasibility study.

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Family Farm Compares Sweet Corn Varieties

Studying Consumer and Producer Satisfaction

Type: From the Field Profile

Marissa Kruthaup and her brother started selling produce at the farmers market when their family’s home garden produced too many melons one year. Today, they own and run Kruthaup Family Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which operates on their parents’ 70-acre farm. In order to keep her family business thriving, Marissa compared different sweet corn production systems.

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EverCrisp: A New Apple Variety in the Midwest

Type: From the Field Profile

A grassroots apple-breeding program has released its first apple variety, EverCrisp. The variety was bred by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA), a group of more than 140 apple growers who are interested in developing new varieties for the Midwest.

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Youth Grow Fresh Food with Edible Avalon's Summer Youth Program

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In southeastern Michigan, a dedicated non-profit organization is growing and delivering fresh produce to low-income residents through a youth program. “Edible Avalon” is an organic community garden and education program in association with Avalon Housing, the largest provider of permanent, supportive affordable housing for extremely low-income residents in Washtenaw County, MI. 

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Rancher Internship Program Invests in the Future of Kansas Agriculture

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.

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Good Natured Family Farms Brings Together Producers and Local Businesses to Market Local Foods

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Good Natured Family Farms is an alliance of more than 150 family farms and small businesses in the Kansas City, MO area.  In 2008, they received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant for their Bistro Kids Farm 2 School program, which provides students with healthy school lunches from local farmers and education about sustainable agriculture. This video provides a brief overview of their work.

Michigan Researches Use Flowering Plant Strips to Support Beneficial Insects and Increase Crop Productivity

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Beneficial insects are valued on farms for their abilities to perform services like pollination and pest control. Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring whether plantings of native Midwest flowers can support beneficial insects and lead to improved crop productivity and quality.

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Researchers and Educators Collaborate to Teach Youth about Cover Crops

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Across the region, farmers are planting cover crops,  method of revitalizing soil, curbing erosion, and managing pests. Steve Sutera, an Extension educator at South Dakota State University (SDSU), saw an opportunity to bring together Bon Homme County’s Extension service, FFA Chapter, 4-H Club, and ongoing research at SDSU.

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Sustainable Renewable Energy Training for Agriculture and Natural Resource Professionals

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Marin Byrne and Jim Kleinschmit’s series of six training sessions for more than 340 attendees focused on sustainability and renewable energy for natural resource and agriculture educators throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Farm field days, tours, and workshops addressed topics such as alternative bioenergy crops and production methods, whole farm planning for renewable energy, and on-farm energy production and efficiency.

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Educational Curricula and Professional Development Training for Energy Efficient Production Practices

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

David Clay’s long-term goals for his project were to increase producers’ awareness of the importance of determining costs of production, as well as conducting energy efficiency and environmental sustainability assessments during long-term planning. Clay edited curricula suitable for use in training sessions and conducted seven related workshops and 31 presentations.

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Impact of Biomass Removal for Bioenergy

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The rapid increase in ethanol production from corn grain, and the proposed use of crop residues for ethanol production poses significant challenges in increasing awareness and providing needed training to extension educators and agency staff to address the potential environmental impacts of intensive corn production and corn residue use. For this reason, Mahdi Al-Kaisi conducted an educational training program on residue management through a series of workshops, webinars, and field training sessions across Iowa.

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Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies and Alternative Fuels

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Many greenhouse growers are looking for options to reduce their energy costs, but they don’t always understand which options will provide the greatest return on investment. For his project, Scott Sanford developed curriculum materials, extension bulletins, resource lists, and a spreadsheet model for educators to use for delivering programming on energy management and conservation for greenhouse production.

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Biofuels and Community Participation

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Extension and other natural resource educators can provide educational programming on renewable energy and potential impacts at the community level, and can be facilitators of community discussions about renewable energy. Sharon Lezberg provided training materials to approximately 100 extension, NRCS educators, and community stakeholders on ways to engage community members and stakeholders in assessing proposed bioenergy developments.

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Integrated Alternative Energy and Livestock Production Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Michael Siepel’s SARE grant project provided training on selected alternative energy topics, emphasizing interconnections between livestock production, renewable energy, and energy conservation. Attendees at Seipel’s first annual conference learned about grassy biomass, woody biomass, wind energy, financing bioenergy projects, and case studies of bioenergy enterprises.

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Storage and Utilization of Ethanol Co-Products by Small Cattle Operations

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Francis John Hay’s SARE project focused on storage techniques for wet ethanol co-products and how those co-products could be used in small cattle operations. For his project, Hay prepared educators to teach ethanol co-products storage techniques. Conferences attracted nearly 300 educators from ten states. Written materials and videos extended the reach of this project through the internet with more than 30,000 individual downloads of educational materials.

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Video: Cover Crop SmartMix Calculator

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

SARE grantees and brothers, Keith and Brian Berns, have a cover-crop seed business, and have created a SmartMix Calculator, an online spreadsheet that calculates seed quantities and cost, carbon-to-nitrogen ratio (C:N), nitrogen-fixation potential and other factors for mixes of nearly 40 cover-crop species, including legumes, brassicas, grasses and broadleaf crops.

Spirit Car

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Spirit Car is a memoir that blends fiction and carefully researched history. This book retraces Diane Wilson's family’s Dakota heritage across five generations.

Ohio Milk and Cheese Initiative Explores New Market Opportunities in Ohio

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

To determine the level of interest and opportunities for the production of sheep milk and cheeses in Ohio, Abbe and Anderson Turner helped form the Ohio Sheep Milk and Cheese Initiative (OSMCI).

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Iowa Student Studies Woodchip Bioreactors for Nitrate Reduction in Agricultural Drainage

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Tile drainage reduces soil moisture levels for optimal crop
growth, but there is concern about nitrate loss from these systems. Because the water quality of regional streams, rivers, and lakes can be negatively impacted by nitrate in drainage, researchers at Iowa State University are studying several practices that can be done to reduce the amount of nitrate in drainage water.

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Researcher Shares Grafting Techniques with Agricultural Educators

Vegetable Grafting Training for Agricultural Professionals

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A Lincoln University researcher is training extension educators on emerging plant grafting technology and the relevant physiology.

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Researchers Study Forage Chicory for Parasite Reduction in Sheep

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Sheep and goat production is a growing enterprise for small and limited resource farmers in the North Central region. While small ruminants (sheep and goats) are adaptable to many different production systems and can be raised with relatively few inputs, they present production challenges. In Ohio, researchers are examining the use of forage chicory as part of a gastrointestinal nematode parasites control strategy for sheep.

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Video: Improving Forage Production and Quality with Native Legumes

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

NCR-SARE grant recipient, Craig Maier, discusses the research his team conducted to learn more about improving forage production and quality with native legumes in grazed warm-season grass stands. 

Mortenson Ranch's Range Restoration Video

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

In this video, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant recipient, Todd Mortenson, describes some of his family’s many conservation efforts on their ranch in South Dakota.

Agricultural Educators and Clean Energy in the North Central Region

Type: North Central SARE Promotional Product

This feature is a summary of the results of the 2007 NCR-SARE Professional Development Program projects that were awarded grants for the speical call on bioenergy and energy-efficiency.

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City Backyard Farming Video

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

In this video clip, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant recipient, Xe Susane Moua, talks about City Backyard Farming, LLC, an urban farming project in St Paul, MN.

Cutting Edge Research: Helping Bees Help Themselves

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

University of Minnesota Entomologist Marla Spivak is advancing innovative integrated pest management strategies that help bees fight pests.

Dryland Cover Cropping Boosts Yields

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Nebraska farmers Keith and Brian Berns found they could use cover crops in dryland farming to increase corn yields, and now are sharing their knowledge.

Fact Sheets Shed Light on North Dakota Riparian Ecosystem

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A graduate student from North Dakota State University created five extension fact sheets after monitoring and reporting on the riparian ecosystem associated with the Middle Sheyenne River, a perennial stream in eastern North Dakota.

Illinois Researchers Explore Use of Sorghum-Sudangrass In the Battle Against Weeds

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Researchers at the University of Illinois are using sorghum-sudangrass as a summer smother crop in the battle against aggressive perennial weeds.

The Nicodemus Homecoming

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Tucked away in the sprawling prairies of Northwestern Kansas is a town not unlike thousands of other rural communities spread across the country. It is a town built on agriculture that has subsisted for over 130 years on the determination of its citizens and their love of the land. The only outward sign that sets this community apart from the other towns around it is that its citizens are predominately African American. They have their roots in the post-Civil War movement which freed millions of individuals from plantation slavery. Their town is called Nicodemus.

Diversity Initiatives Underway

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Funded in 2005 through the Farmer Rancher Grant Program, Pov Huns’ high tunnel project, “Can Screened High Tunnels Extend the Growing Season of Bitter Melon in the Midwest?” (FNC05-551) aimed to determine whether pest control and season extension could make a tropical vegetable such as bitter melon protable by using a high tunnel on his Kansas City farm.

Kansas Pumpkin patch receives “Extreme Makeover” with funds from SARE

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Just off of Highway 77, running north from El Dorado, Kansas, runs seventy three acres of agritourism property which is a part of Carroll and Becky Walters’ family farm and pumpkin patch, Walters’ Pumpkin Patch. 

Indiana Farmers Experiments with Geothermal Climate Controlled Storage Facilities to Lower Utility Costs

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Carthage, IN, Anna and Keith Welch are creating a geothermal model that uses sustainable energy to lower their utility costs for grain storage.  

Indiana Farmer Devises Innovative Field to Market Method for Small Produce Farms

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

After working nights in a factory job, Kevin Cooley is realizing his dream and creating new field to market methods for small produce farms at Cooley Family Farms in Lafayette, IN. 

Wisconsin chicken hatchers receive SARE Grant for unique breed hatching

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Despite the cold Wisconsin winters, Julie Maro and her husband recently were able to establish a small hatchery in Western Wisconsin, hatching a unique breed of chicken that comes from parent stock raised on certified organic feed.  

Iowa Farmers Utilize Alternative Crop to Develop New Opportunities for Small Family Farms

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Missouri Valley, IA, Vaughn and Cindy Pittz have been developing the opportunity for small family farms to utilize the aronia berry as a sustainable organic alternative crop at Sawmill Hollow Organic Farms, located 6 miles north of Missouri Valley, Iowa in Harrison County.

Black Walnut Hulls: Turning Trash into Treasure

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Chris Chmiel is reinventing compost at his Albany, OH farm, Integration Acres Ltd.

Although Chmiel is widely known for his involvement in the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, through the help of a grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), he has begun research on composting black walnut hulls for his SARE project “Black Walnut Hulls: Turning Trash into Treasure” trying to discover how useful they can be in compost, despite their bad rap.

Ohio Katahdin Sheep Producer Finds a Fairly High Heritability for Resistance to Parasites in the Breed

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Wooster, Ohio, a producer of Katahdin sheep is working with producers from two other states on the heritability of parasite resistance. The group is investigating methods of identifying ewes with a reduced periparturient rise. They are comparing the fecel egg count of sheep selected for their low fecal egg counts as lambs to determine how it relates to their adult parasite resistance and that of their offspring. 

Nebraska Greenhouse Operator Evaluates the Feasibility of Biomass Heating

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Firth, NE, Stacy Adams operates a family greenhouse business as a second income. Adams is a professional horticulturist, raised in construction. For many years Adams has been a building manager and actively involved with renovation of greenhouse structures and mechanical repairs at his place of employment.

The Artisan of Cheese

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Charuth van Beuzekom-Loth grew up in Holland. Her family raised goats and good cheese was plentiful. Eventually, she moved to the United States and years later settled down with her husband on a small farm named Shadowbrook near Lincoln, Nebraska. The transition went along nicely except for one thing. The cheese just wasn’t the same.

“I guess I’d always had a dream of doing some kind of a cheese making venture,” said van Beuzekom-Loth. “I love the cheeses in Holland. I never was very satisfied with the cheese that I could buy here unless it came from Europe.”

Organic Production and Marketing of Forest Medicinals

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The scope of this NCR-SARE Research and Education project was designed to assist the Roots of Appalachia Growers Association (RAGA) develop a learning network among growers, to close the gap between growers and current research activities, and support RAGA entering the marketplace.

Does a C3-C4 Forage Mix Simultaneously Improve Forage Production and Carbon Sequestration?

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, Herika Kummel, conducted an experiment in two restored prairies in southern Wisconsin to assess their carbon sequestration potential under a gradient of warm-season grass (C4) to cool-season (C3) pasture grass ratios. The sites were the Bison Ridge Ranch in Marquette County and the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Columbia County. 

Developing Added Value, Convenience Products From Free-Range Pastured Chickens

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Canistota, SD, a group of family farmers have been experimenting with methods for adding value to their products and income to their operations.

Tom and Ruth Neuberger were traditional livestock farmers in ‘70’s. During the credit crunch of early 80’s they found themselves in debt “up to their ears.” They sold off their livestock to pay off debt, and then had to devise a new business plan. 

They turned to poultry. 

Training Farmers in Sustainable, Local Food Production and Marketing

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The Growing Growers Training Program is a collaborative effort to train new sustainable and organic market farmers to serve the Kansas City food shed, and to develop the skills of current producers.

Evaluation of Supplemental Flowering Plant Strips for Sustainable Enhancement of Beneficial Insects

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The primary short-term goal of this graduate student grant project was to test a strategy for utilization of  native plants to increase biodiversity in a perennial fruit system. This project is of particular relevance to specialty crop farmers that are under pressure to reduce pesticide inputs while also producing the highest quality food. 

Organic Dairy 101: A Workshop for Agricultural Professionals Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The Organic Dairy Short Course for Ag Professionals, a Professional Development Grant Program project, aimed at improving the ability of public and private sector agricultural educators and advisors to serveorganic and transitional organic dairy producers.

The project developed, delivered, and evaluated a professional development training module called “Organic Dairy 101: A Workshop for Agricultural Professionals” at four locations in Minnesota and three in Wisconsin, training a total of 174 dairy andagriculture professionals. 

Building Capacity to Engage Latinos in Local Food Systems in the Heartland

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A new program has been developed in Iowa and Kansas to train Extension and other professionals to increase their awareness of Latino culture and community.

The “Building Capacity to Engage Latinos in Local Food Systems” project was designed to provide Extension educators and other agricultural professionals in Iowa and Kansas with the knowledge and skills to identify and respond to the needs and goals of Latino growers and produces and their families.

Farm Beginnings Graduate Continues Family’s Organic Farming Tradition

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Beginning farmers in South Dakota have an opportunity to learn first-hand about lowcost, sustainable methods of farming and gather the tools to successfully launch a farm enterprise thanks to Dakota Rural Action’s Farm Beginnings program. 

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North Dakota Farming Family Uses Livestock to Restore the Land

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A group of farmers in Wimbledon, ND are working to turn a conventional chemically dependent farm into a fertile, sustainable, organic, farming unit. What started as a farm restoration project for the sake of their beef market ended by using all of the livestock to restore the soil.

Multi-Species Pasture Stacking Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Down a winding country road in Garnett, Kansas stands the Bauman farm, where agriculture is a family affair. Upon purchasing the farm in 2001, the family’s first farm venture was to raise pastured chickens and livestock. Today, the Baumans sell about 7,000 broiler chickens each year and an average 350 dozen eggs a week.

With the help of a grant from the NCRSARE Farmer Rancher grant program, the Baumans experimented with pasturing different species of animals in the same area. With the “pasture stacking” project, the family increased their broiler chickens’ average weight by 50 percent.

Developing an Effective Strategy for Management of Internal Discoloration of Horseradish Root

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

This study was conducted to develop an effective method for management of internal discoloration of horseradish roots. Internal discoloration of horseradish is a disease complex caused by at least three fungi, Verticillium dahliae, V. longisporum, and Fusarium solani. These fungi are carried in the propagating roots (set-borne inoculum) and also survive in the soil (soil-borne inoculum). 

Researcher Devotes Career to Producing Disease and Mite Resistant Queen Honey Bees

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Rochester, IL, Stu Jacobson is attempting to increase interest and understanding among beekeepers in Illinois, eastern Missouri, and southern Wisconsin.

Award Winning Farm Family Conducts Research and Outreach on Traditional Hmong Herbs

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Minnesota, Mhonpaj Lee, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant recipient, is researching and documenting information about traditional Hmong herbs. In addition to her job as a translator at Hennepin County Medical Center, Lee farms with her family. They are currently offering shares from the first certified organic Hmong owned and operated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation.

Equine Foresty: A Minnesota Logger Seeks to Educate the Public on Low-Impact Forest Harvesting

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

After working at a treatment facility for juveniles for 16 years, Tim Carroll never planned to have a successful career logging with horses. But when Carroll married his wife, Doreen, who had three riding horses, he soon grew attached to draft horses and began using them to plow his driveway and do other work on his property.

Soon after, down the road from his home in Minnesota, Carroll noticed a neighbor had hired a machine logger. The rest, you could say, is history.

Barbara Norman Receives NCR-SARE Diversity Program Grant

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

NCR-SARE developed a Diversity Goals Narrative to clarify NCR-SARE’s goals for its new diversity initiative and initiated a special call for the Diversity Research and Education Grant Program.The special call for the Diversity Research and Education Grant Program’s purpose was to fund people and/or projects that could help NCR-SARE reach and work with underserved audiences to improve agricultural sustainability in the region.

Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies and Alternative Fuels

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Includes curriculum materials, extension bulletins, resource lists, and a greenhouse energy model that were developed with the intention that educators can use the materials in full or part to deliver programming on energy management and conservation for greenhouse production.

Adding Cover Crops to a No-Till System

Dan Forgey

Type: Multimedia

South Dakota farm manager Dan Forgey has improved soil quality and the bottom line by successfully introducing cover crops to his long-term no-till system.

Earthen Path Organic Farm

Steven Schwen

Type: Multimedia

Steven Schwen’s farming roots were established during the ‘back to the land’ movement in the 1970s. Earthen Path Organic Farm grew out of his vision of a sustainable world based on local economies.

Thermal Banking Greenhouses

Steven Schwen

Type: Multimedia

Steven Schwen uses thermal banking to significantly reduce the energy costs of running a greenhouse for cold-season production.

Thermal Banking for Cold Storage

Steven Schwen

Type: Multimedia

Steven Schwen's innovative energy conservation strategy uses thermal banking technology to conserve heat in his greenhouse and for cold storage.

Herd Health in Alternative Swine Systems

A Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide covers alternative swine system management strategies including stock introduction, breeding, farrowing, veterinary services, vaccinations and more.

Perennial Grass Covers Affect Long-Term Soil Quality

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This project investigated soil organic matter accumulations, soil respiration, and soil food webs in riparian grass filters on private farms in northern Story County, Iowa.

Controlling Saline Seeps

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A fact sheet on the causes and techniques for managing saline seep, also known as alkali spots or slick spots.

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