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

Cover cropsCover Crop Field Day - September 9th

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A Nebraska Extension/NRCS Sponsored Cover Crop Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th at the Ron Meyer Farm in western Nemaha County. The field day site is ¾ of a mile south of Highway 136 on 628 Avenue. Registration is at 9:30 with refreshments; followed by the program beginning at 10:00 a.m. Several individual cover crop species and cover crop mixes were planted in early August and are all up and growing and will be available for examination at the field day.  While pre-registration isn't required, it is encouraged for lunch and handout materials. To register contact Gary Lesoing at Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County at (402) 274-4755.  For more information see the Cover Crop Field Day Flyer (PDF, 1 pg, 111 KB) or go to our Field Day webpage.

10th Annual
Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour

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The 10th Annual Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour will be on Friday, September 11, 2015.  The cost is $20 per person which includes lunch & transportation.  Deadline to register is September 8th.  Please call the Nemaha County Extension Office at 402-274-4755 or the Johnson County Extension Office at 402-335-3669 to register.  See the 2015 SE NE Diversified Ag Tour flyer (PDF, 1 pg, 332 KB) or the SE NE Diversified Ag Tour webpage for more information.

Upcoming Webinar

Plants for Native Pollinators - September 24th - 10:00 am

Please join us on Thursday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m. as Natalia Bjorklund, Extension Educator in Dodge County will present a webinar on “Plants for Native Pollinators."  Natalia presented a webinar on “Native Pollinators” in August and this will be a follow up webinar.  We hope you will be able to join us for this webinar.  It will be recorded if you are unable to participate.  Join the webinar on September 24:  Plants for Native Pollinators

Recently Recorded SARE Webinars

Native Pollinators

Recorded August 8, 2015 - Natalia Bjorklund, Extension Educator in Dodge County discusses "Native Pollinators."  Natalia has provided educational programs on bees and other native pollinators.

Sustainable Landscaping for Nebraska Conditions

Recorded July 8, 2015 - John Fech, Extension Educator in Douglas/Sarpy County discusses Sustainable Landscapes.  John and a group of other Extension Educators took an Extension and SARE funded study tour to Colorado and learned a lot about Sustainable Landscapes at different places in Colorado.  Information learned on this trip will be part of John's webinar.

The first 10 minutes of the webinar are not recorded due to technical issues.  A PDF of the Power Point presentation is available to use as a reference.
Sustainable Landscaping for Nebraska Conditions Power Point (PDF, 56 pgs, 14.5 MB)

More SARE Webinars

For information about other 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