State Coordinators

SARE State Coordinators in every state and island protectorate are charged with training agriculture professionals in sustainable practices and sharing SARE project results with them.

They hold workshops and field days to share sustainable practices and research results, provide travel scholarships for ag professionals to attend training events, and generally serve as sustainable agriculture resources in their state.

SARE State Coordinators can also provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants.

Find your North Central region state coordinator below.

Illinois

Doug Gucker

Doug Gucker

Extension Educator
University of Illinois Extension
(217) 877-6042
Bio
Doug Gucker is an Illinois SARE State Co-Coordinator and a Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension educator with University of Illinois Extension where his work demonstrates practices in the areas of farm management, soil health, nutrient management, integrated pest management, and grazing.

Indiana

Lais McCartney

Lais McCartney

State Coordinator
Purdue Extension, Hancock County
(317) 919-2691
Bio
Lais McCartney is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator with Purdue Extension in Hancock County. She has expertise in technology leadership and beekeeping.

Iowa

Christa Hartsook

Christa Hartsook

Communications Specialists
Iowa State Univ, Extension & Outreach
(515) 294-4430
Bio
Christa Hartsook is the Iowa SARE State Coordinator and is the Small Farms Program Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She helps connect people to resources at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Kansas

Kerri Ebert

Kerri Ebert

Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center
Kansas State University
(785) 456-4629
Bio
Kerri Ebert is the Kansas SARE State Coordinator and coordinator for the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops at Kansas State University. Kerri is a fourth generation Kansas farmer who, with her husband, raises purebred sheep in Pottawatomie County.

Michigan

Dean Baas

Dean Baas

Sustainable Agriculture Educator
Michigan State University Extension
(269) 967-9672
Bio
Dean Baas is a Michigan SARE State Co-Coordinator and is the Sustainable Agriculture Educator for Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. He is involved in cover crop, soil health and organic agriculture research and education. Farmers and commodity groups are an integral part of his projects and programs. He is also a member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council Executive Committee.

Minnesota

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin

Extension Educator
NC-SARE
(612) 625-6224
Bio
Wayne Martin is a Minnesota SARE State Co-Coordinator and an Extension educator in alternative livestock systems for University of Minnesota Extension. He provides information and education on poultry, sheep, lambs, pigs, and to some extent, cattle.
Kate Seager

Kate Seager

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
(612) 625-8235
Bio
Kate Seager is a Minnesota SARE State Co-Coordinator and works for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture’s Information Exchange, which works to bridge the gap between the need for timely, practical information about sustainable agriculture and existing resources and information.

Missouri

Dan Downing

Dan Downing

State Coordinator
University of Missouri Extension
(573) 882-0085
Bio
Dan Downing is a Missouri SARE Co-Coordinator and has more than 28 years of service with the University of Missouri Extension. 17 years of that time have been spent serving in a statewide position with The University of Missouri Extension Water Quality Program.
Touria Eaton

Touria Eaton

State Extension Specialist
Lincoln University
(573) 681-5174
Bio
Touria Eaton is a Missouri SARE Co-Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, and the State Horticulture Specialist at Lincoln University in Missouri. The focus of her research and extension work is sustainable production of horticultural crops.

Nebraska

Gary Lesoing

Gary Lesoing

UNL Extension
(402) 274-4755
Bio
Gary Lesoing is the Nebraska SARE State Coordinator and an Extension Educator in southeast Nebraska with a focus on crop production and sustainable agriculture. His interests include cover crops, soil health, and local food production. can also click here for more information about SARE in Nebraska!

North Dakota

Karl Hoppe

Karl Hoppe

State Co-coordinator
NDSU – CREC
(701) 652-2951
Bio
Karl Hoppe is a North Dakota State SARE Co-Coordinator, a sheep producer, and the Area Extension Specialist for Livestock Systems at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center where he has been teaching nutrition and management for beef cows and feedlot cattle for more than 20 years to North Dakota cattle producers.

Ohio

Dana Hilfinger

Dana Hilfinger

Extension Educator
Central State University
(734) 276-1895
Bio
Dana Hilfinger has been an Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator with Central State University since 2020. Dana has over a decade of on-farm experience on diversified fruit and vegetable farms.
Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

State Coordinator
The Ohio State University Extension
(614) 866-6900
Bio
Mike Hogan is an Ohio State SARE Co-Coordinator and an Extension Educator at the Ohio State University. He specializes in small farm management, sustainable production systems, Christmas tree production, and business management.
Suzanne Mills-Wasniak

Suzanne Mills-Wasniak

OSU Cooperative Extension Educator
The Ohio State University Extension
(937) 952-1614
Bio
Suzanne Mills-Wasniak is an Ohio State SARE Co-Coordinator and an Ohio State University Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Montgomery County where she works on urban agriculture, small farms, and local food systems.

South Dakota

Amanda Bachmann

Amanda Bachmann

SDSU Extension
(605) 773-8120
Bio
Amanda Bachmann is a SARE State Co-Coordinator for South Dakota. Bachmann is the SDSU Extension pesticide education and urban entomology field specialist.
David Karki

David Karki

Extension Agronomy Field Specialist
SDSU Extension
(605) 882-5140
Bio
David Karki is a SARE State Co-Coordinator in South Dakota. Karki supports the citizens of South Dakota in his role as an SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist based in Watertown.

Wisconsin

Diane Mayerfeld

Diane Mayerfeld

State Coordinator
University Of Wisconsin – Madison
(608) 262-8188
Bio
Diane Mayerfeld is the Wisconsin SARE State Coordinator and is a Sustainable Agriculture Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension where she facilitates professional development in sustainable agriculture, in topics ranging from local food system development to cover crops and agroforestry.