Regional News

Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant Call for Proposals Released

GRIFFIN, Georgia — The 2021 On-Farm Research Grants Call for Proposals has been released by the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. On-Farm Research Grants are intended for agricultural professionals in the Southern region who regularly work with farmers/ranchers. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST. […]

Southern SARE Awards Graduate Students Grants for 2020

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SSARE) has announced the funded projects for the 2020 Graduate Student Grants program. The Graduate Student Grant program is one of the only sustainable agriculture research funding opportunities for master’s and PhD students enrolled at accredited institutions in the southern region. In 2020, the […]

Southern SARE Producer Grant Calls for Proposals Released

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Proposals for the 2021 Producer Grant Program is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. The Producer Grant program is intended for farmers and ranchers, or farmer and rancher organizations in the Southern region. The proposal submission deadline is November 13, 2020 at 12 […]

Researchers Study How to Prevent Cover Crops from Failing to Fix Nitrogen

EDINBURG, Texas- Known for their ability to produce nitrogen, legumes actually partner with rhizobium bacteria to create or fix nitrogen through specialized organs in their roots called nodules. This unique relationship adds nitrogen back to the soil so it can be used as fertilizer by future crops. In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, researchers […]

SSARE Grants Amid the COVID-19 Situation

GRIFFIN, Georgia — Amid the COVID-19 situation, many institutions have reduced operations and halted non-essential research, and have asked faculty and staff to work remotely. These temporary changes may impact the ability to conduct research and Extension-related projects on Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) grants. The following information is intended to help address […]

Cover Crops and Biodegradable Mulches for Weed Control

AUBURN, Alabama – High biomass cover crops are effective in controlling weeds in vegetable production, while contributing to higher produce yields, Auburn University researchers have found. In addition, pre-emergence herbicide applications can be eliminated from weed management programs in the presence of heavy residues from cover crop mixtures. Through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and […]

Cover Crops and Soil Solarization Proven Effective in Controlling Soil-borne Diseases

MCMINNVILLE, Tennessee – Some cover crops, coupled with soil solarization, can control soil-borne diseases in nursery field production of woody ornamentals, according to the results of a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE)-funded Tennessee State University study. Through a $15,000 SSARE On-Farm Research Grant, Fulya Baysal-Gurel of TSU’s Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center, […]

Researchers Integrate Renewable Energy into Greenhouses to Make Farms More Sustainable

BOONE, North Carolina- With limited land and shortened growing seasons in the mountains of North Carolina, Ok-Youn Yu, an associate professor and assistant chair of Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, saw potential in using greenhouses to combat hunger while increasing farmer’s profits and sustainability. Through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture […]

North Carolina Researchers Find New Ways to Control Pest Mites in Tomatoes

MILLS RIVER, North Carolina – Predatory mites can control two-spotted spider mites in vegetable crops under the right management plan, according to a North Carolina State University researcher. James Walgenbach studied Phytoseiulus persimilis, a predatory mite, and its ability to control two-spotted spider mites in the tomato fields of North Carolina through a Southern Sustainable […]

Professional Development Program Grants Now Being Accepted

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Pre-proposals for the Southern SARE Professional Development Program Grant is now open. The Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents, USDA field personnel, and other ag professionals and educators in sustainable agriculture production practices. Training activities may include webinars, seminars, workshops, farm […]

Researchers Recommend New Strategies to Suppress Southern Potato Blight

PAINTER, Virginia – Earlier planting dates coupled with disease-tolerant cultivars of potatoes are recommended strategies to suppress southern potato blight, according to Virginia Tech researchers. The fungal disease, caused by the soil born pathogen Sclerotium rolfsii, affects the stems of the plants and produces lesions on the tubers, impacting quality and yields. In a Southern […]

How Soils Behave When We Grow Cover Crops

BELLE GLADE, Florida – Florida vegetable farmers who grow cover crops as a green manure between their cash crops anecdotally tout the health benefits, but a two-year study by University of Florida has provided the research to back it up. In a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) On-Farm Research Grant, University of Florida […]

Agroforestry an Alternative for Farmers Transitioning Away from Tobacco Production

BEREA, Kentucky – A Kentucky farmer, exploring alternatives for tobacco production, has found that elements of an agroforestry system may prove viable to increasing farm profitability and providing environmental benefits. Through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Producer Grant, Matthew Wilson of Rindlewood Farm studied the feasibility of incorporating sweet sorghum and pasture […]

Rural Sociologist/SSARE Administrative Council Chair Recognized for Sustainable Ag Contributions

GRIFFIN, Georgia – Doug Constance, Chair of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Administrative Council and a rural sociologist at Sam Houston State University, has been selected to receive the 2020 Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) Richard P. Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award in Sustainable Agriculture. According to the AFHVS website, the […]

Southern SARE Seeking Nominations to Fill Vacant Producer/NGO Seats on the Administrative Council

GRIFFIN, Georgia — Interested in sustainable agriculture and are looking to have an impact on sustainable agriculture practices in your community? The Southern SARE program gives producers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) the opportunity to serve on the Administrative Council and provide a “voice” for the direction of sustainability across the Southern region. Southern SARE is […]

Exploring Alternative Methods for Controlling A Major Pest in Sweet Sorghum

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – University of Kentucky researchers are exploring alternative methods for controlling sugarcane aphid in sweet sorghum, a major crop for farmers in the state. Through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) On-Farm Research Grant, entomologist Nathan Mercer and his colleagues are studying a combination of parasitoids and insecticidal soaps as a […]

Southern SARE Releases Grant Call for Proposals on Sustainable Meat Goat Production and Marketing

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is soliciting grant Calls for Proposals for sustainable meat goat production and marketing across the Southern region. The 2020 Large Systems Research Grant Program on Sustainable Meat Goat Production and Marketing in the Southeast United States must include both components of production and […]

Southern SARE Seeking Letters of Intent for New $1 Million Grant on Systems Research

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program will be releasing a special Grant Call in 2020 seeking Systems Research Project proposals for sustainable agriculture research that focus on a Systems Research approach. Project maximum is $1 million for activities funded for three years. Most agricultural field research is component research […]

Southern SARE Awards Its 2020 Professional Development Program Grants

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has awarded its 2020 Professional Development Program Grants – train-the-trainer grants for ag educators and ag professionals to develop sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies. Funded projects, totaling $609,673, include: ES20-151 Beekeeping Curriculum and Training for Texas Agricultural Extension Agents and 4-H Youth […]