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

Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every US state this spring through a unique collaboration between federal, state, and regional partners. Nebraska Extension, in collaboration with the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to conduct workshops in Nebraska. This effort is known as the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project.  Go to the AMSTA Grant Workshops page for more information.  Three workshops are being offered in Nebraska.

ARDC - March 31, 2015 (ARDC Flyer, PDF, 1 pg, 123 KB)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research and Development Center
1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033-2234

Kearney - April 8, 2015 (Kearney Flyer, PDF, 1 pg, 123 KB)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kearney Holiday Inn 110 South 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE

Norfolk - April 16, 2015 (Norfolk Flyer, PDF, 1 pg, 123 KB)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Center, 601 East Benjamin, Suite 104, Norfolk, NE

SARE Webinars

For information about SARE Webinar recordings go to the 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.

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

Travel Scholarships


Publications - Resources

Nebraska SARE Webinars



Aronia Berries - An emerging diversified crop in Nebraska