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

SARE Webinar - "Soil Ecology & the Microscope: A Closer Look at Soil Health" by Ben Samuelson - November 3 at 10:00 am

The second in a series of SARE webinars that focus on sustainable ag issues will be held on November 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  This webinar will be presented by Ben Samuelson.  To join the webinar on Zoom, go to the URL: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/390738833.  If you are interested in learning more about the soil foodweb and how microbial interactions in soil reduce farm inputs, this webinar is for you.

 The webinar will be recorded if you are unable to participate live.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Gary Lesoing at glesoing2@unl.edu or (402) 274-4755.  More information is available on the SARE Webinar page.

Recently Recorded Webinar - Aunt Bea's Apiary

Recorded October 11, 2016 - Nikki Hayes discusses Aunt Bea’s Apiary, a group of educators and beekeepers dedicated to inspiring people to make the changes necessary for the survival of the honeybee population, as well as other pollinating insects, through workshops, presentations, and hands on activities at their southeast Nebraska farm.  During this webinar, Nikki will talk about their story, their mission, and some of the things they do when people visit the apiary.

Corn Residue Cooperators Field Daysbales

(PDF, 2 pgs, 3 MB) - September 27-28, October 20 & 28, 2016
Field days will be held in various places.  See the Corn Residue Field Day webpage for more information.


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)

Diversified Ag Enterprises in Nebraska

(PDF, 11 MB)
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)

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