Young Researchers Learn More About Sustainable Agriculture

October 30, 2019
Edible and marketable produce collected in the study after the primary harvest. Photo credit: Lisa Johnson, NCSU.

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant program (SSARE) is giving young researchers an opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture.

Through the James Harrison Hill, Sr. Young Scholar Enhancement Grant program, high school and undergraduate students are working alongside researchers on SSARE-funded projects, ranging from soil health to organic pest control to farmers markets. Over $24,000 was funded for 2019 through the Young Scholar Enhancement Grant program to introduce students to STEM and social science activities related to sustainable agriculture.

The program was launched in 2013. Since then, 32 projects totaling $125,662 has been awarded to academic institutions throughout the region.

This year’s grant projects include:

LS16-271 Intensifying Cropping Systems in Semi-Arid Environments to Enhance Soil Health and Profitability, $3,889, Texas A&M University

LS16-275 Evaluating Organic Pest Control Products for Strawberries in Combination with High and Low Tunnels for Limited-Resource Farmers in the Mid-South, $3,933, Texas A&M University

LS17-277 Indicators and Soil Conservation Practices for Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration, $4,435, Tarleton State University, Texas

LS17-280 A Supply Chain Approach to Finding Win-win Sustainable Solutions for Edible But Unharvested Produce, $3,889, North Carolina State University

LS18-298 Biocontrol with Benefits: Enhancing Sustainability by Adding Value, $4,500, USDA-ARS, Georgia

LS18-300 Extending Roots of Fresh Stop Markets Across the Southeast Region, $3,864, University of Kentucky

Research and Education Grant research recipients with open and on-going SSARE funded projects are qualified to apply for the James Harrison Hill, Sr. Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program to hire high school or college students to participate in their research program.

Learn more about the Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program.


Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, under sub-award numbers: LS16-271, LS16-275, LS17-277, LS17-280, LS18-298, LS18-300. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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