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New “Cover Crops and Soil Health” Video from SARE

The newest episode of SARE’s "What is Sustainable Agriculture" animation series illustrates how producers can use cover crops to improve productivity and sustainability. In just a few short minutes, “Cover Crops and Soil Health” outlines how cover crops can build soil structure, protect water quality, suppress pests and improve a farm's bottom line. Combining cover […]

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What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Farmers and researchers are working together to develop and implement agricultural practices that increase profitability, quality of life and environmental stewardship. SARE's new series of short animated videos illustrate how producers can improve the success and health of their farms by implementing sustainable practices. The eight “What is Sustainable Agriculture?” videos are useful and engaging […]

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Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities covers 62 government programs and has been updated to include program updates from the 2018 Farm Bill. Each program listing provides a description of the program’s available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used.

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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 […] news ncr-sare-heroes-donn-teske-and-fred-madison

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 […]

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Conservation Tillage Systems in the Southeast: Production, Profitability and Stewardship

“What could be more important to a farmer than soil erosion and soil quality? High-quality soil is a business asset,” says Bob Rawlins, a Georgia farmer who has been using no-till farming for 40 years. SARE’s newest book, Conservation Tillage Systems in the Southeast, explores the importance of conservation tillage and provides in-depth management guidance […] news ncr-sare-announces-2020-farmer-rancher-grants

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 […] news ncr-sare-announces-2020-youth-educator-grants

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 […] news ncr-sare-announces-2020-partnership-grants

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 […] news usda-coronavirus-food-assistance-program-cfap

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

On April 17, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the highly anticipated plan for how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to distribute the $23.5 billion Congress provided to aid farmers impacted by the ongoing pandemic. The centerpiece of this USDA plan is the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP will consist of two components: $16 billion in direct payments […]

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Urban Farmers Adopt More Efficient Soil Management Practices

THE CHALLENGE When it comes to keeping their soils healthy and productive, most farmers willingly put in the work. For urban growers like Adam and Melissa Millsap, who operate Urban Roots Farm, an intensive production system on less than one acre near downtown Springfield, Missouri, soil management can come with unique challenges. They say that […]