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Title: Providing Grants and Information to Improve Profitability, Stewardship and Quality of Life


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Providing Grants and Information to Improve
Profitability, Stewardship and Quality of Life
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Extending SARE Research
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An integrated system of plant and animal
production practices having a site-specific
application that will, over the long term
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Sustainable Agriculture
? Integrates natural biological cycles
? Optimizes the management and use of on-farm
resources
? Enhances environmental quality
? Provides an adequate and dependable farm
income
? Promotes opportunities in family farming
and farm communities
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Elements of Sustainability
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What makes SARE different?
Whole systems perspective
Participatory approach
Decentralized structure
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Whole Systems Perspective
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SARE Regions
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SARE Regional Administrative Councils
ARS
CSREES
State CE
State AES
NRCS
State Departments engaged in S.A.
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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • Research and Education
  • Farmer Rancher
  • Professional Development
  • Graduate Student
  • On-Farm Research
  • Sustainable Community Innovation

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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • Research and Education
  • Involve scientists, producers, and others in an
    interdisciplinary approach.
  • 30,000 to 350,000

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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • Farmer Rancher
  • Enable producers to conduct on-site experiments
    or test marketing strategies and share the
    results with other producers.
  • 500 to 18,000

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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Spread knowledge about sustainable concepts and
    practices among Cooperative Extension and other
    agriculture professionals.
  • 4,000 to 170,000

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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • Graduate Student
  • The objective of the Graduate Student Awards is
    to help support the costs of a thesis or
    dissertation project that addresses sustainable
    agriculture issues.
  • Maximum of 10,000

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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research
  • For agricultural professionals who work directly
    with farmers specifically Cooperative
    Extension, NRCS, NGOs, and others operating in
    the farm community who are interested in
    developing on-farm demonstration, research, or
    marketing projects related to sustainable
    agriculture.
  • Maximum of 10,000

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SARE Grant Opportunities
  • Sustainable Community Innovation
  • Southern SARE and the Southern Rural Development
    Center now offer a pilot grants program that will
    invest in projects that strengthen both
    agriculture and Southern communities through
    explicit linkages between sustainable agriculture
    and community development, and improve
    understanding of the mutual benefits of such
    linkages.
  • Maximum of 10,000

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SARE Research Education Grant
  • Sustainable Year-Round Forage System for Goat
    Production in the Southern USA
  • Sandra Solaiman, Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • Funded by Southern Region (178,120)
  • The Southeasts warm, humid climate is ideal for
    raising the forages and browses on which goats
    thrive. To identify the top performers, Sandra
    Solaiman tested forages for weight gain and
    palatability.

Producers are thirsty for information. We can
only compete with other production systems like
beef and poultry if were unique and efficient.
Sandra Solaiman
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SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant
  • Imperial Stock Ranch Heritage Lamb/Fiber
    Marketing
  • Jeanne Carver, co-owner, Imperial Stock Ranch,
    Maupin, Ore.
  • Funded by the Western Region (7,000)
  • With more than a century of sheep ranching
    tradition on her 30,000-acre ranch, Jeanne Carver
    was determined to continue raising sheep despite
    declining lamb and wool markets. After
    investigating markets, she launched new ventures,
    including selling lamb to high-end restaurants,
    wool for yarn-and-pattern kits and ready-to-wear
    woolen and lambskin fashions.

Our customers love the quality of our product,
the flavor profile of the meat, the feel of the
wool, and the message of the land and sense of
place. Jeanne Carver
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SARE Research Education Grant
  • Implementing a Bio-Intensive Strategy for
    Caterpillar Control in Sweet Corn
  • Ruth Hazzard, University of Massachusetts
  • Funded by Northeast Region (68,265)
  • Hazzard and her research team developed new,
    effective biological controls to fight damaging
    earworms corn oil and Bacillus thuringiensis
    (Bt). Hazzards technique calls for applying Bt
    and corn oil to the top of each ear during the
    formative stage, causing earworms that crawl into
    the ear to suffocate.

The idea came out of a SARE project from the
early 1990s, when a farmer said he used to use
mineral oil. Weve taken the concept and brought
in new materials. Ruth Hazzard
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SARE Professional Development Grant
  • Local Food to Local People Enlarging a Regional
    Food System Through Nutrition Education
  • Nancy O'Connor, Community Mercantile Education
    Foundation Inc, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Funded by the North Central Region (60,145)
  • With healthful eating and farmer livelihoods in
    mind, nutritionist Nancy OConnor forged
    partnerships with Extension and the nonprofit
    Kansas Rural Center to run cooking demonstrations
    that deliver an eat local credo to expand the
    market for Kansas foods.

If I believe in it passionately, and I feed them
and give them tools and information, they will
go out and be different. Nancy OConnor
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Sustainable Agriculture Network
Communications Outreach Arm of the SARE Program
  • Website (www.sare.org)
  • Bulletins (free in quantity for educators)
  • Books
  • sanet-mg (sustainable ag listserv)

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Sustainable Agriculture Network
  • SAN is the communications and outreach arm of the
    Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
    (SARE) program.

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Sustainable Agriculture Network
  • Dedicated to the exchange of scientific and
    practical information on sustainable agriculture
    systems using a variety of printed and electronic
    communications tools.

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Resources from SAN
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Building a Sustainable Business
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Building Soils for Better Crops 2nd Edition
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How to Direct Market Your Beef
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How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee As an Orchard
Pollinator
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Manage Insects on Your Farm A Guide to
Ecological Strategies
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Managing Cover Crops Profitably 2nd Edition
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The New American Farmer Profiles of Agricultural
Innovation
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The New Farmers MarketFarm-Fresh Ideas for
Producers, Managers and Communities
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Steel in the FieldA Farmer's Guide to Weed
Management Tools
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SAN Online Informational Bulletins
  • Diversifying Cropping Systems
  • Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture
  • How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch
  • Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers
  • Meeting the Diverse Needs of Limited-Resource
    Producers An Educator's Guide
  • Profitable Pork Strategies for Hog Producers
  • Profitable Poultry Raising Birds on Pasture
  • SARE Highlights (2003-2005)
  • Transitioning to Organic Production
  • A Whole-Farm Approach to Managing Pests
  • Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch

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Acknowledgements
  • Special thanks to Mandy Rodrigues (Program
    Specialist) and Valerie Berton (Communications
    Specialist) of the National SARE Office for their
    assistance with this presentation.

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  • Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
    Sciences
  • Agroecology Sustainable Agriculture Program
  • SARE Coordinator
  • P.O. Box 410
  • Greenview, Illinois 62642-0410
  • 217/968-5512
  • Email cvnghgrn_at_uiuc.edu
  • http//www.aces.uiuc.edu/asap
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