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Southern SARE Awards $1M Grant to Explore Regenerative Agriculture

Griffin, GA- The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has announced a $1,000,000 Research and Education Grant, the largest awarded since the program launched in 1988.   The National Center for Appropriate Technology, the project lead, selected a systems research approach to identify practical and regionally-appropriate methods of regenerative grazing that can be implemented […]

Imidacloprid Residue in the Soil Harms Wild Bees

New research funded by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program and conducted at the University of Georgia shows that imidacloprid residue harms wild bees. In a first-of-its-kind study, Christine Fortuin, now a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Georgia, developed a more accurate understanding of the lethal and sublethal effects of neonicotinoid exposure […]

Southern SARE Releases 2022 Research & Education Grant Call for Pre-Proposals

GRIFFIN, Georgia — The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its Call for Pre-proposals for the 2022 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 […]

Southern SARE Hires 1862 Land-Grant Liaison

Griffin, GA – Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) announces the hiring of University of Kentucky plant pathologist Paul Vincelli as its 1862 Land-Grant Liaison. Lee Meyer, extension professor emeritus at University of Kentucky’s Department of Agricultural Economics, held the long-standing position until his retirement in December 2020. Vincelli will serve as the lead […]

Southern SARE Announces the 2021 On-farm Research Grants

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has announced the funded projects for the 2021 On-Farm Grant Program. Southern SARE has long supported farmers in their efforts to develop new and innovative sustainable agriculture practices. On-Farm Research Grants provide opportunities for agriculture professionals working directly with farmers and ranchers. These grants […]

2021 Professional Development Program Grants Announcement

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has announced the funded projects for the 2021 Professional Development Program Grants. Southern SARE’s Professional Development Program Grants, known as train-the-trainer grants, are available to help further education and outreach strategies for agriculture professionals and agriculture educators who work directly with farmers and ranchers. […]

Southern SARE Announces the 2021 Research and Education Grants

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has announced the funded projects for the 2021 Research and Education Grant Program. Southern SARE’s Research and Education Grants are the flagship grants of the program. They were the first grants offered when the program was launched in 1988, and were the only sustainable […]

Texas A&M Researchers Identify Ideal Cover Crop Species for Southeast Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Under the right conditions, cover crops are a tool for improvement. After harvesting a crop like cotton or grain sorghum, a cover crop rotation can increase soil organic matter, recycle nutrients, prevent erosion and suppress weeds. Even though farmers and ranchers across the Southeast have seen these benefits and moved towards […]

2021 SSARE Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposals Now Open

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program has released the 2021 Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants. Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants are open to Master’s and PhD students, enrolled at accredited institutions across the Southern region, who are interested in exploring areas of sustainable agriculture through quantitative and […]

Southern SARE Publishes the Annual Index Report

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The 2020 Index, Southern SARE’s annual report of active grant-funded projects, has been published. The Index Report highlights grant-funded projects and lists all on-going grant projects from across Southern SARE’s grant programs. These grant programs are divided into five categories; Research & Education, Professional Development Program, Graduate Student, Producer and On-Farm Research. […]

Amid Natural Disasters, Pandemic Training Program Helps Small Farmers

On the Northern coast of Puerto Rico, 50 miles west of San Juan, the city of Arecibo and surrounding area is home to some of the world’s most fertile soil and diverse farmland. A series of earthquakes and hurricanes have struck the island in recent years, damaging critical farming infrastructure like buildings, roads, irrigation equipment […]

Soil Management Course Brings Healthier Soil to Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Healthy soil plays an important role in the economic and environmental sustainability of farms. While awareness for the benefits of healthy soil has increased in recent years, a lack of technical and financial information on some beneficial soil management practices has limited adoption in Tennessee. To solve this, Jason de Koff at […]

The 2020 Southern SARE Large Systems Grant is Released.

The Southern Sustainable Research and Education Program has announced its 2020 Large Systems Grant award. The project will create a group of 1890 Universities and farmer cooperators to conduct large systems research on sustainable meat goat production and marketing. Large systems research is designed to increase our understanding of the complex relationships between parts in […]

SARE Offering Free Webinar on the Graduate Student Grant Program

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program will be holding a free webinar on December 15 for Master’s and PhD students interested in learning more about and applying for Graduate Student Grants. Graduate Student Grant program coordinators from each SARE region (Southern, Western, Northeast and North Central) will present an in-depth, […]

Southern SARE Seeking Nominations to Fill Vacant Producer Seat 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 the opportunity to serve on the Administrative Council and provide a “voice” for the direction of sustainability across the Southern region. Southern SARE is seeking a producer to […]

Organic Growers School Enhances Beginning Farmer Trainer Programs

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina- In 1993, a group of farmers and extension specialists from western North Carolina met to discuss the need for information specific to farmers in the Southern Appalachians. Out of that meeting, the Organic Growers School was created. “The Organic Growers School has provided practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians […]

New Online Training Tool is Available Free to Farmers

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, 85% of new farm businesses fail within their first five years of production. Despite this, few programs exist to help develop the business and financial management skills needed to establish a successful farm business. After receiving feedback about the need for a program like […]

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 […]