Regional News

UF/IFAS Investigates Sorrel as a New Crop for Florida

Sorrel is a leafy green plant with reddish-pink flowers. It’s hardy, fast growing, has a variety of uses and UF/IFAS is investigating its potential as a new crop for Florida. A recent field day revealed preliminary findings and input from farmers growing the crop. UF/IFAS Extension agents, in collaboration with the University of the Virgin […]

Recycling Mushroom Waste for Value-added Structure in Rural Tennessee

JOELTON, Tennessee – David Wells’ long-time interest in bioremediation through mycology (the study of fungi), has mushroomed into a farming operation whose foundations are balanced on building diverse ecosystems, while growing healthy foods. Henosis, located in the small rural town of Joelton just west of Nashville, utilizes local by-products from wood mills and coffee shops […]

Sunn Hemp Effective for Weed Control in Fall Crops, Producer Grant Research Finds

CHESTER, South Carolina – Farmers with a certified organic diversified vegetable farm in South Carolina are seeing some success with using sunn hemp as a crimped cover crop to suppress weeds in fall brassica crops. Wild Hope Farm, located in Chester, S.C., received a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Producer Grant to explore […]

Southern SARE Seeking Nominations for Its Sustainable Ag Leadership Program

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations for its Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Program for spring/summer 2022. The application deadline is January 1, 2022. The Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Program recognizes the community leadership contributions of historically underserved farmers and ranchers and the community groups and NGOs who […]

Southern SARE Seeking Communications Specialist

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is seeking a Communications Specialist to join the staff at the University of Georgia – Griffin campus. The Communications Specialist promotes Southern SARE’s program goals, objectives and grant-making efforts across the Southern region by communicating project results through the development of written articles […]

Pest Management Practices for Vegetables Proven to Work Across Multiple Southern States

AUBURN, Alabama- A Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) grant project developed integrated pest management practices for vegetable growers by conducting research across several states. High-value vegetables like squash, pumpkins, watermelon and cucumbers are susceptible to viral diseases and damage from white flies and aphids. Despite being grown across the South, effective pest management […]

Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant Call for Proposals Released

GRIFFIN, Georgia -- The Call for Proposals for the 2022 On-Farm Research Grants, intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region who regularly work with farmers/ranchers, has been released by the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. Proposal submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at 12 p.m. (NOON) EST. Announcement of […]

Southern SARE Producer Grant Calls for Proposals Released

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Proposals for the 2022 Producer Grant Program, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region, is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. Proposal submission deadline is November 12, 2021 at 12 p.m. (NOON) EST. Announcement of funded proposals will take place […]

Duke University Brings Students, Soil, and Carbon Together Through Southern SARE Grant.

DURHAM, North Carolina- Through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Duke University built a program to study how livestock grazing can offset carbon emissions. In 2019, Duke was awarded an On-Farm Research Grant through the Southern SARE program. This grant funding helped combine the efforts of the Duke Campus Farm, the Duke […]

Southern SARE Funds Research for Graduate Students Across the Southeast

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SSARE) has announced the funded projects for the 2021 Graduate Student Grants Program. The SSARE Administrative Council selected 19 projects which received $302,661 in funding. The Graduate Student Grant program is one of the few funding opportunities open to master’s and PhD students researching […]

Alabama Farmer Helping to Diversify State’s Aquaculture Production with Crawfish

BOLIGEE, Alabama – A tall, bright yellow banner with the words “Crawfish” in big, black letters displayed at the entrance of Greene Prairie Aquafarm along rural U.S. Highway 43 in western Alabama may be signaling a shift in the aquaculture industry in the state. Farm owner David Coddington is among a handful of farmers who […]

Intercropping Cowpea with Vegetables Can Increase Yields

GREENSBORO, North Carolina- Intercropping cowpea with vegetable crops can increase yields up to 50% according to a new report from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Cowpea is a nitrogen-fixing legume originally domesticated in Africa. Known for its black-eyed peas that are common in southern cooking, it has a high tolerance for sandy, […]

2022 Professional Development Program Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Pre-proposals for the Southern SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) Grant is now open. The Professional Development Program is a “train the trainer” program, providing funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents, USDA field personnel, and other ag professionals and educators in areas of sustainable agriculture production practices. […]

Southern SARE Staff Recognized as a Leader in Sustainable Agriculture

GRIFFIN, Georgia - Southern SARE is pleased to announce that Brennan Washington, our 1890 Land Grant Liaison and Limited-Resource/Minority Farmer Outreach Specialist, along with Gwendolyn Washington have been named recipients of the 2021 Barbara Petit Pollinator Award. This award from Georgia Organics acknowledges individuals with exceptional success advancing the Georgia Organics' mission of "Good Food […]

Southern SARE Seeking Nominations for Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Program

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is seeking nominations for its Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Program for summer 2021. The application deadline is June 1, 2021. The Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Program, launched last year, recognizes the community leadership contributions of historically underserved farmers and ranchers and the community groups and NGOs […]

SSARE Offering Free Webinar on Sustainable Agriculture Grant Opportunities for Agriculture Researchers

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program will be offering a free webinar this summer discussing its On-Farm Research Grants program. “Building Relationships Between Researchers and Farmers in Sustainable Ag” is designed for ag professionals in the Southern region interested in partnering with farmers/ranchers on sustainable agriculture research. On-Farm Research […]

2021 James Harrison Hill, Sr. Young Scholar Enhancement Grants

A select group of high school and undergraduate college students are helping further sustainable agriculture through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education grant program. The James Harrison Hill, Sr. Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program is an extension of SSARE’s Research & Education Grants program, which allows researchers conducting SSARE-funded projects to partner with high […]

SSARE Offering Free Webinar on Sustainable Ag Grant Opportunities for Farmers

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program will be offering a free webinar this summer discussing its Producer Grants program. “Testing Sustainable Ag Ideas on the Farm” is designed for farmers, ranchers and farmer groups in the Southern region interested in sustainable agriculture research to learn more about SSARE’s Producer […]