At every level, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a program of partnerships. Countless SARE grant projects are meaningful to U.S. agriculture because they involve close collaboration between researchers, educators, farmers and ranchers, public agencies and nonprofit/community organizations. 2015/2016 Report from the Field illustrates SARE partnerships that strengthen and sustain agriculture
For example, stories include:
- A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Cornell University created a new kind of assessment to gauge and improve soil health. On-farm testing proved critical to making this soil health test useful to farmers, and it is now gaining national attention.
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff in the Northwest now have access to a rich collection of technical information that addresses conservation practices on organic farms, thanks to a partnership between NRCS and Oregon Tilth, the National Center for Appropriate Technology and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.
- Faced with extensive die offs of honeybees they import from other states, beekeepers in Illinois joined together to form the Illinois Queen Initiative, a group that rears and markets bees that are resistant to diseases and are adapted to the local climate.
- Annie’s Project—a risk management education program for farm women—has taken off in the South after a multi-state team of Extension educators held events to teach their colleagues how to conduct Annie’s Project workshops in their communities.
- The Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship, a professional development opportunity for Extension educators offered through a partnership between SARE and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), creates “leaders in sustainability for our Extension system,” says Ohio State University’s Mike Hogan, a past president of NACAA.
Report from the Field also includes updates on funding allocations and priority activities in each of SARE’s four regions. Download all editions of SARE’s Report from the Field for free, and order free print copies, by visiting the Learning Center. To learn more about print orders, visit the WebStore.