Regional News

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 […]

Southern SARE Awards Research and Education Grants for 2020

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has announced its 2020 Research and Education Grant awards. Funding includes both research-based and education-based projects awarded to NGOs, university researchers, government agency specialists and other ag professionals to further sustainable agriculture production and marketing practices across the region. Research Grants are competitive […]

Producer Grants Funded for 2020 to Further Sustainable Agriculture on the Farm

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has awarded its 2020 Producer Grants to farmers interested in conducting on-farm research to further sustainable agriculture practices across the region. Funded projects, totaling $112,691, include: FS20-321 Sustainable Sidedress Nitrogen Applications for Early Corn and Cotton Using Unmanned Aerial Systems, $14,961, Louisiana FS20-322 […]

Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grants for 2020 Announced

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has awarded its 2020 On-Farm Research Grants to university Extension specialists and other ag professionals working with farmers to further research in sustainable agriculture production and marketing across the region. Funded projects, totaling $147,117, include: OS20-132 Fertilizer Mismanagement Impacts on Pasture Health, $19,828, […]

Southern SARE 2021 Research & Education Grant Call for Pre-Proposals is Now Open

GRIFFIN, Georgia — The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its Call for Pre-proposals for the 2021 Research & Education Grants program. Applicants have a choice of whether they want to submit a systems research-based pre-proposal, or an education-based pre-proposal. Education-based grants are different than the Professional Development […]

2020 SSARE Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals Now Open

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has released the 2020 Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants. Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants are very competitive.  To be considered for funding, proposals must demonstrate a direct relationship between the approach and methods used and the project’s relevance to sustainable agriculture. […]

Cover Crops Improve Soil Quality in Plaintain Production Systems

GURABO, Puerto Rico — In humid, tropical environments where soil organic matter decomposes at a rapid rate, efforts are being made to maintain and improve soil health using cover crops, specifically in high intensive cropping systems like plantain production. In a Producer Grant project, farmer Duamed Colon-Carrion studied the potential benefits of cover crops on […]

Using Row Covers to Protect Squash from Insect Pests

DURANT, Oklahoma — Using row covers on squash protects the vegetable crop from insect pests such as the squash bug, but timing of their removal can impact pollination and subsequent plant yields, according to Oklahoma State University research. In a two-year study, horticulturist Jim Shrefler analyzed pest and pollinator incidences and measured squash yields using […]

Preparing Producers for the Grass-fed Beef Industry

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Mississippi — Livestock producers in the Southeast are getting the educational resources and training they need to meet the consumer demand for grass-fed beef. In states like Mississippi and Alabama, where production and marketing materials, field events, enterprise budgets, and training programs in forage-finished beef are lacking, researchers at Mississippi State University, Auburn […]

Using Mineral Clay to Manage Pests and Increase Fruit Quality and Yield in Blackberries

SEARCY, Arkansas — Primocane blackberries, which can extend the fruiting season by months over traditional plant varieties, are changing the way farmers are growing berries. But they don’t come without their pest and production challenges, which University of Arkansas researchers are trying to solve with a naturally occurring soil mineral. In a Research and Education […]