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
Western Sustainable Ag Crops & Livestock Conference - December 3 - Sidney NE
The 2016 Western Sustainable Ag Crops & Livestock Conference is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney, NE. The theme for this year's conference is "Money-Making Alternative Agricultural Enterprises for Farm Families." More information is available on the Western Sustainable Ag Conference webpage or see the brochure below.
Western Sustainable Ag Crops & Livestock Conference 2016 Brochure (PDF, 2 pg, 582 KB)
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Farm Beginnings® is an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise. Farm Beginnings® participants engage in a mentorship experience and network with a variety of successful, innovative farmers; attend practical, high quality seminars, field days and conferences. The 2017 Farm Beginnings® Classes will be held at the Kimmel Education & Research Center in Nebraska City.
Farm Beginnings® 2017 Brochure (PDF, 2 pgs, 394 KB)
Farm Beginnings® Application (PDF, 3 pgs, 70 KB)
Recently Recorded Webinar - Soil Ecology & the Microscope: A Closer Look at Soil Health
Recorded November 3, 2016 - Ben Samuelson discusses the soil foodweb and how microbial interactions in soil reduce farm inputs. This webinar is a primer on the soil microbiome. We will follow the flow of energy and nutrients through the soil foodweb to understand the broad interactions between the organism groups in soil, especially the microscopic ones: bacteria, fungi, nematodes and protozoa. See these under the microscope, and become inspired to make them your allies in management.
Ben Samuelson's mission is to show the importance of soil microbes in truly regenerative agricultural systems and promote biological management that builds soil, protects water supply, and produces nutrient dense foods. Check out his website www.soilbiology.tech*
SareMansAgNews is a blog by Gary Lesoing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator, which focuses on local food producers, beginning farmers, sustainable ag issues, and other ag topics. Check it out and follow
Local Foods, Sustainable Ag, and Value Added Ag Tour - August 4th
Hollister Farms (6/30/16)
Union Orchard (6/16/16)
Chisholm Family Farm (5/27/16)
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This power point shows different types of agriculture in Nebraska and highlights several local foods producers across the state of Nebraska.
Diversified Ag Enterprises in Nebraska Power Point (PDF, 11 MB)
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.