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Iowa Meat Processors’ Resource Guidebook
A guide to building, upgrading or expanding a small meat processing facility in Iowa.
Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin
Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin is the summary report of a team of researchers, dairy farmers and chefs who conducted a comprehensive investigation of the chemical and physical properties of pasture-based milk when made into cheese, butter or other products. The group, led by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, also explored the production, […]
University of Nebraska SARE Agri-Marketing Website
Marketing for the Ag Entrepreneur is a professional development opportunity initiative created by UNL Extension Entrepreneurship work group to improve entrepreneurial professional development opportunities. This program is funded through a two year North Central – Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) grant.
Video: Improving Forage Production and Quality with Native Legumes
NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program 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. They are researching how plant species of the eastern tallgrass prairie, specifically native perennial legumes, can be established as part of a […]
Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers in the North Central Region
With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, Betrand Farm developed 24 educational PowerPoint modules that can serve as an educational curriculum for farmers in the North Central Region to use to train interns in sustainable and profitable food-growing practices. The modules have been combined and uploaded here as a single PDF. The individual curriculum modules […]
Creating Change in the Food System: The Role of Regional Food Networks in Iowa
In Creating Change in the Food System, the authors present a case study of an integrated effort to build long-term local and regional food commerce in Iowa using a community of practice approach. This report, authored by Rich Pirog of Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems and Corry Bregendahl of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture […]
Building a Mobile Hops Dryer
With support from an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant, David Volkman of Ohio Valley Hops built a mobile hop dryer that incorporates best drying practices for small-scale hop growers.
Come and Get it! On-Farm Food Service Manual
Come & Get It: What you need to know to serve food on your farm uniquely supports farmers interested in understanding regulations and learning from other farmers seasoned in on-farm food service operations.
Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Minority Farmers: a Train-the-Trainer Workshop
With support from SARE, a team of researchers, educators, and producers in Minnesota developed a soil health and cover cropping handbook as a train-the-trainer resource for educators, mentors, and community leaders working with immigrant and minority growers.
Incorporating Cover Crops in North Dakota
In a short growing season like North Dakota's, effectively using cover crops can seem like a challenge. Establishing a specific on-farm goal is key to utilizing cover crops successfully. Getting familiar with and then fine-tuning approaches is important to achieve desired outcomes. In this publication, NDSU soil health researchers, Abbey Wick, Caley Gasch, and Marisol Berti provide a starting point.
Perennial Pathways: Planting Tree Crops
Agroforestry has been around for decades, though the approach of integrating multiple species of edible trees and shrubs with vegetables, row crops, or livestock into a farm-scale system in temperate areas is relatively recent. Developed, in part, with support from a Wisconsin SARE mini-grant, the systems in this handbook have the potential to be scaled up and even to be mechanized, making them practical for more farmers to implement.
In-Row Mechanical Weed Control Options for Farmers Large and Small
With support from SARE, a team from Michigan State University created videos demonstrating three in-row weed control tools in the field: the torsion weeder, the flex tine cultivator, and the finger weeder.
Sustainable Agriculture Solutions for Appalachia: Mulberry Agroforestry
Mulberry is an extremely adaptable, vigorous deciduous tree species found worldwide from the humid tropics, to semi-arid lands, from mountain tops to the hills of Appalachia.
Shared Kitchen Toolkit
With support from a SARE grant, The Food Corridor and Purdue Extension have developed the Shared Kitchen Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Planning, Launching, and Managing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen. This free, web-based resource for new and existing shared kitchens that delivers guidance on feasibility, planning, management practices, and more.
Integrating Sustainability Education into the University Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Curriculum through the Use of School Gardens
Developed by Brian Bluhm, this curriculum is intended to provide pre-service elementary school teachers a sustainability learning experience in sustainable agriculture through the use of school gardens.
Towards a Sustainable Agriculture: A Curriculum for High School Classes
This free high-school curriculum addresses the social, environmental and economic impacts of agriculture. The curriculum provides a critical analysis of agricultural and food systems, and helps students understand new concepts through hands-on examples. The curriculum includes six modules, designed to be incorporated into existing classes.
Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers
With the help of an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, three farmers worked with interns to develop 26 educational power point modules as part of a comprehensive intern educational program. The internship curriculum is useful for small farmers to use on their own to educate themselves and to provide a rich experience for interns.
Ensuring Sustainable Agriculture in the Face of a Changing Climate
Ensuring Sustainable Agriculture in the Face of a Changing Climate: A Handbook of Resources contains materials that cover topics ranging from climate basics to communicating about climate change. The handbook includes science-based information on climate change relevant to sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on field crop agriculture.
Food Hub Development Study in Iowa
In 2014, a team of local and regional food leaders and researchers conducted a study of food hubs in Iowa. The goal was to better understand the current state of food hub development and create recommendations, if warranted, to support further work. This study was the first coordinated attempt to examine food hub development in Iowa.
Enhancing Crop Yield Through Wild Pollinators
In this journal article, SARE-supported research provides a general framework and examples of approaches for enhancing pollinator richness and abundance, quantity and quality of pollen on stigmas, crop yield, and farmers’ profit, including some benefits detected only through long-term monitoring. The authors argue for integrating the promotion of wild-insect species richness with single-species management to benefit farmers and society.