Short profiles of SARE-funded research and education projects in action.
Comparing Apples to Apples
In Wisconsin, producers and researchers are exploring hard cider apple varieties.
Sweetpotato and Cover Crops
Waana Kaluwasha discovered some benefits of incorporating cover crops in sweetpotato production.
Improving Strawberry Ergonomics
At Tanglewood Farm, Richard Barnes and Kelly St John have been experimenting with elevated cropping systems to reduce labor fatigue and improve fruit quality.
Managing Insecticides and Cover Crops in Corn
Gabriela Inveninato Carmona is studying insecticide use and cover crops at the University of Nebraska’s Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center.
Ohio Beef Cooperative Measures Advertising ROI
Buckeye Valley Beef Cooperative compared the effectiveness of four advertising channels, including Google Ads, billboards, radio advertisements, and Facebook ads.
Growing Saffron: Ohio Growers Reveal Key Findings
With support from SARE, growers in Ohio are exploring growing, harvesting, and marketing saffron.
Reducing Runoff with Prairie Strips
Dan Stoffel worked with Sand County Foundation to plant prairie strips on his farm in southeast Wisconsin. With support from a SARE grant, Sand County Foundation was able to work with several producers to implement this practice which helps reduce runoff and attract pollinators.
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.
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
With support from SARE, a Minnesota farmer learned that Conlon barley, Paul hulless oats, and Red Fife wheat could be malted with good flavor for prize-winning beers.
Foodbanking and Farming with Ohio’s Youth
The Foodbank, Inc. has distributed more than 4 million pounds of food since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, while helping area youth learn more about sustainable growing, local food systems, and food insecurity.