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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]