What is SARE?

Funded by the USDA, the national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program supports and promotes sustainable farming and ranching.  We offer competitive grants and educational opportunities for producers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations and others exploring sustainable agriculture. 


 Ag Extension Educators and producers visit an organic farm on the Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour

Coming Webinar

"All About Seeds-From Germination to Re-Generation"

Many of you may recall over the years SARE  has sponsored a webinar series.  We have taken a break the past couple of years, but now plan to sponsor some webinars in 2014.  Our first webinar is scheduled for April 22nd at 10:00 a.m.  The webinar is titled, "All About Seeds-From Germination to Re-Generation."  Rebecca Bloom and Elizabeth Goodman will partner together to present this webinar.  Rebecca is from Omaha, Nebraska and is an experienced organic producer that grows organic vegetables across the river near Crescent, IA.  Rebecca has experience with CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), selling to fine restaurants in the Metro area, farmers markets and food coops.  Rebecca has served on the Nebraska SARE Advisory Committee for many years.  Elizabeth Goodman, also from Omaha is working with Rebecca on her operation.

They will discuss issues of seed germination, seed savings and succession planting and how they are using these principals in their operation.  To access this webinar go to:


If you have questions, feel free to contact me at (402) 274-4755 or at glesoing2@unl.edu.

National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health Videos

Videos of all the presentations delivered at the Omaha conference are now available online on the SARE National Conference Presentations webpage.  PDF's of most of the Power Point Presentations are also available.

In addition, on the SARE Events National Conference Webpage you will find the video of the opening panel sessions and NRCS Chief Jason Weller's presentation.  Ten short 2-3 minute videos of farmers talking about cover crops on their farms, most of whom were speakers in Omaha, are also available.

Check out these educational & informative resources on cover crops and soil health.

SARE Travel Scholarships Available for Ag Educators

Ag Educators interested in a SARE Travel Scholarship should contact Gary Lesoing at 402-274-4755.

Nebraska SARE Videos

Recorded SARE Webinars

Beyond Diversity: Understanding White Privilege and the Challenge for Sustainable Agriculture

Recorded December 18, 2012 - Today's society is becoming more diverse, with many different races, ethnic groups and people of different beliefs in our communities. NCR SARE feels it is important to reach and educate all people about sustainable agriculture as we strive to make our communities more sustainable. This webinar features Julia Kleinschmit, MSW Clinical Associate Professor, University of Iowa School of Social Work and the University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education.

"Afghanistan's Agriculture - The Nebraska Connection"

Recorded November 6, 2012 - This webinar features Vaughn Hammond, Extension Educator at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City. Vaughn spent 9 months in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as an Extension Educator working with the Nebraska National Guard Ag Team. During this time in Afghanistan, Vaughn worked to teach agriculture to agriculturalists and farmers there. During his webinar he will tell of his experiences in Afghanistan working on this project and also answer questions at the end of his presentation. Vaughn should be commended for his service as an Extension Educator in going beyond the call of duty in working in Afghanistan. This is an excellent opportunity to see and learn about Afghanistan Agriculture and how the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska National Guard worked together towards improving agriculture there. If you have questions about this webinar, feel free to contact Gary Lesoing at (402) 274-4755.

"Funding Opportunities through the USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program"

Recorded August 21, 2012 - Rob Myers, Beth Nelson, and Joan Benjamin, Regional Coordinators for the North Central SARE Region, discuss the five Grant Programs available through SARE.

"Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Fruit & Vegetable Growers in NE"

Recorded April 16, 2012 - This webinar features Sarah Browning, Horticulture Extension Educator in Lancaster County. In 2011 and 2012, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educators provided education to growers and assisted them in developing farm food safety plans in anticipation of more stringent regulations from the federal government to insure safe food. This webinar will explain the training that was provided to the growers and also show impact of the training. This webinar is part of the Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series sponsored by the Nebraska SARE Program and UNL Extension.

For information regarding other previously recorded webinars go to our Nebraska SARE Webinars page.

If you have questions in regards to any of the SARE Webinars, feel free to contact Gary Lesoing at (402)274-4755 or glesoing2@unl.edu.

Travel Scholarships


Publications - Resources

Nebraska SARE Webinars



Aronia Berries - An emerging diversified crop in Nebraska