Research, Education & Extension


Program Roundup – SARE Funding Available around the Country

August 13, 2015

Editor’s Note — 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 or SARE program is a farmer driven research and education competitive grants […]

Cover Crop Survey Confirms Benefits and Points to Future Research

July 16, 2015

For the third year in a row, the results of an annual cover crop survey of farmers around the country confirm the benefits and expansion of cover crops on U.S. cropland. USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently released the results of the 2014-2015 Cover Crop Survey, which assessed the benefits, challenges, and […]

What’s in the Senate Funding Bill for Sustainable Agriculture?

July 16, 2015

Pop quiz: What do Frankenfish, Orca Whales, and whole grains all have in common? Answer: They were all part of the amendment process today as the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced their version of next year’s federal funding bill for food, agriculture, and rural development. Read on for our analysis of the Senate funding bill that […]

Study Aims to Help Food Hubs Become More Profitable

July 15, 2015

To help regional food hubs to grow, it’s important to have data for baseline performance measures – data that can help assess successes, needs, and opportunities. A new report on food hubs released yesterday, July 14, 2015, provides just such data. COUNTING VALUES: Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Study draws on 2013 data from 48 diverse and […]

National Working Group Recommends Path to Improved Soil Health

July 10, 2015

Late last month, the National Working Group on Cover Crops and Soil Health released a list of ten recommendations for improving soil health and expanding the use of cover crops to achieve that goal. The Working Group rolled out the recommendations in a presentation to a variety of Washington D.C. based agriculture and conservation groups, including […]

Sustainable Agriculture Research Falling Further Behind

July 2, 2015

Farmers are constantly innovating on their farms, and experimenting with new ways to control pests or boost yields or conserve water on their fields. Farmers’ bottom lines are at stake, especially new farmers getting started out. They have no choice but to find better, more effective ways to address the many challenges that Mother Nature […]

Support Growing for Agricultural Research Reform and Investment

June 26, 2015

Several reports from the past few weeks all point to a growing convergence around promoting reform and increased funding for public sector food and agricultural research. Below is a quick review of the recent reports. In a follow-up blog next week, we will highlight what the emerging agricultural appropriations bills in Congress do and do […]

2016 Funding Bill Opens Payment Loophole, Cuts Conservation and Renewable Energy

June 19, 2015

On Thursday, June 18, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed its funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Overall, the bill provides $20.65 billion in discretionary funding, $175 million less than last year’s enacted level and a whopping $1.1 billion less than the USDA request. The full House Appropriations Committee will now take up the […]

How is USDA Doing Supporting Training for New Farmers?

June 3, 2015

This post was written and originally published by the Land Stewardship Project, a farmer-based NSAC member organization. This week, the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) released their annual report on grants allocated through the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Completed now for the fifth year, in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition […]

Programs in Action: SARE Supports Beginning Farmers on the Forefront of Organic Research

June 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects that support the next generation of farmers. Check out our first blog here, which features two innovative women farmers who used SARE to increase profitability on their farms. The SARE program is a farmer driven research, education […]

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