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National Farmer Survey Documents a Wide Range of Cover Crop Benefits as Acreage Continues to Expand
Despite the crippling rainfall that significantly delayed planting across much of the country in 2019, more than 90% of farmers participating in a national cover crop survey reported that cover crops allowed them to plant earlier or at the same time as non-cover-cropped fields. Among those who had “planted green,” seeding cash crops into growing […]
Trying Times: Alleviating and Understanding Farm Stress
Meg Moynihan is working to help agriculture advisors better respond to the stress they encounter on farms and in rural communities.
Connecting the Dots Between Farmers and Rural Refrigeration
University of Minnesota researcher, Ren Olive, is exploring opportunities for small and medium-size produce farmers to utilize excess refrigeration in rural grocery stores.
Producing Quinoa in North Dakota
Two North Dakota producers looked at quinoa production and marketing in North Dakota.
lntercropping Kernza® with Legumes
Growers in the North Central region are exploring the benefits of intercropping legumes with the intermediate wheatgrass Kernza®.
Direct Marketing Non-Traditional, Perennial Berries
Three Wisconsin farmers shared information about non-traditional berries with producers and consumers.
Bale Grazing to Build Soil Health
Erin and Drew Gaugler are exploring and documenting the impact of bale grazing on their North Dakota farm. Outreach activities like their "mailbox tour" are helping the siblings share their findings with neighboring producers.
Grazing Livestock on Cover Crops in Double or Relay Cropping Systems, Post-Weaning
Mike Ostlie received SARE-support to seed cover crops into an existing crop rotation for fall and winter grazing as an alternative to drylot backgrounding.
Using Cover Crops to Reduce Plasticulture
Dana and Karin Jokela are working to reduce their use of plasticulture with cover crops.
Organic Oat Variety Trial Shares Findings
North Dakota researcher Melanie Caffe-Treml trialed 20 oat varieties under organic management.
Supporting a Rural, Regional Food System with an Online Food Hub
Jacquelyn Zita (left) and the North Circle Food Hub distribute produce to local consumers, health providers, food-related businesses, and other markets in Minnesota using an online ordering system.
Graduate Student Develops Food Systems Curriculum for High Schoolers
Mingla Charoenmuang developed an online food systems curriculum for high schoolers called Food Systems Thinker.
Heritage Grains for Craft Brewing
When Doubting Thomas Farms partnered with two local farms, a local maltster, and local breweries they identified some alternative malting grains for prize-winning beers.
Foodbanking and Farming with Ohio’s Youth
In Dayton, Ohio, The Foodbank, Inc. has distributed more than 4 million pounds of food since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. They also help area youth learn more about sustainable growing, local food systems, and food insecurity.
Collaborating Around Food Literacy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Using a model known as land-based learning, students and their teachers collaborated with farmers or ranchers and MSU Extension educators to help implement sustainable, land-based farm solutions in Michigan's upper peninsula.
NCR-SARE to Host Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Webinar, Tuesday, September 22nd
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) will host a Farmer Rancher Grant Program grant webinar on Tuesday, September 22 from 4-5:30pm CDT.
NCR-SARE Heroes: Donn Teske and Fred Madison
In 2012, the NCR-SARE Administrative Council created the NCR-SARE Hero Recognition to highlight, recognize, and pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to NCR-SARE and/or National SARE. NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that Donn Teske and Fred Madison have been named the 2020 NCR-SARE Heroes. Donn Teske Donn Teske’s fifth-generation farm was homesteaded […]
Hosting Virtual Field Days
In June 2020, NCR-SARE worked with Maggie Norton, farmer outreach coordinator for Practical Farmers of Iowa, to offer two webinars for SARE grantees about hosting virtual field days. The first webinar was hosted with agricultural professionals and educators in mind, while the second webinar was geared toward farmers and ranchers. Select the one that works […]
NCR-SARE Announces 2020 Farmer Rancher Grants
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2020 Farmer Rancher Grant Program. 55 grant projects were selected to receive a total of more than $718,000 through this NCR-SARE grant program, which offers competitive grants for farmers and ranchers who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest. The Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive […]
NCR-SARE Announces 2020 Youth Educator Grants
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the Youth Educator competitive grant program. For the 2020 Youth Educator Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $45,000 to 12 projects. The competitive Youth Educator Grant Program supports educators who seek to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Those selected to receive funding […]
NCR-SARE Announces 2020 Partnership Grants
NCR-SARE Program is pleased to announce the projects selected for the 2020 Partnership Grant Program. For the 2020 Partnership Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $582,000 to 15 projects. NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant Program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities […]