Research, Education & Extension


SARE Stories From the Field: Breeding Seeds of Success

April 27, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects. Our last SARE: Stories from the field blog featured a Kansas project which used SARE funds to help farmers quantify the financial risks of adopting cover crops. In agriculture, it all starts with seeds. And when […]

GAO Report Calls for Timeline to Update USDA Biotechnology Regulations

April 25, 2016

As a growing list of genetically engineered plant and animal crops enter the marketplace with minimal, if any, regulation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging USDA to set a clear timeline for updating its biotechnology regulations. In a report released on April 14, 2016, GAO cautioned: […]

Upcoming DEADLINES for Federal Food and Farm Grant Programs

April 22, 2016

As warmer weather settles in, farmers are busy planting crops, livestock are grazing on pasture, and farmers markets across the country are once again full of shoppers. All of this activity means spring is finally here – it also means that deadlines for a variety of federal farm and food grant programs are fast approaching! […]

SARE Stories from the Field: Cover Crops Yield Financial Benefits in Kansas

April 21, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects. Our last SARE: Stories from the field blog featured an Oregon State University project, which used SARE funds to quantify the nitrogen benefits of cover crops. The Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program is […]

Stories from the Field: Calculating the Impact of Sustainable Farming Research

April 13, 2016

Stories from the Field: Calculating the Impact of Sustainable Farming Research Since its inception over 25 years ago, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has led the way in farmer-driven, innovative agriculture research. SARE’s unique research focus on cutting edge, farmer-driven innovations has empowered thousands of farmers to utilize cover crops in order […]

SARE Cover Crop Survey Seeks Farmers Input

March 31, 2016

The Sustainable Agricultural, Research, and Education Program (SARE) in conjunction with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) are seeking responses to their fourth annual national cover crop survey. Whether you are a long-time cover cropper, new to the use of cover crops, or never even considered the practice, SARE needs to hear from you. Results […]

SARE Roundup: News on Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

March 22, 2016

This is the latest in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) regions as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant awards. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program funds farmer-driven research and education through a competitive grants program. SARE […]

New Outreach and Education Tools Available to Support to Organic Certification

March 8, 2016

New resources for transitioning organic producers are now available through the Agriculture Marketing Service’s National Organic Program (NOP). Through the Sound and Sensible initiative, NOP aims to makes organic certification more “accessible, affordable, and attainable” by helping transitioning farmers on a wide array of issues including record keeping and documentation, preventative practices, and much more. Utilizing […]

FDA Requests Information on Manure Use

March 4, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first opportunity for the public to weigh in on their approach to assessing the risks posed by raw manure used in growing produce. According to the FDA: The risk assessment will consider pathogen survival and growth under different agricultural and ecological conditions (e.g., soil types, […]

A Need for More and Better Targeted Plant Breeding Research Grants

February 11, 2016

A sustainable, localized, and resilient food system depends on the availability of seeds that are compatible with a variety of unique growing systems and climates. Organic farmers, for example, have different approaches to managing weeds and pests on their farms than traditional producers and therefore require seeds that are bred for their particular type of […]

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