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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. 

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

Permaculture Webinar - April 6th from 10:00-11:00 am

The title of the webinar is: "Nebraskan Permaculture Design, Trees as the Farmer's Best Friend, & Other Helpful tips"   By Gus von Roenn, Permaculture designer, builder, urban farmer, activist, educator, land steward, event planner and nonprofit founder.

Please tune in to this webinar to see how the concepts of Permaculture can be applied to the unique circumstances presented in Nebraska. Permaculture is the pursuit to feed, shelter, transport, and energize your life in your community without compromising the integrity of the world's living environment. Working with nature allows us to achieve our goals with minimal maintenance. Poorly designed landscapes, buildings and technology that attempt to counter the forces of nature add complexity to our lives and create dependence on a complex system that needs maintenance.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/853147857  

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,853147857# or +14086380968,853147857#

Or Telephone:
     Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
     Meeting ID: 853 147 857

Small Scale Farming Workshop - April 8, 2017

(PDF, 1 pg, 130 KB)

poultryLooking to learn how to produce your own food or start a diversified agriculture business on your acreage or in your backyard? UNL Extension will be hosting “Small Spaces, Big Potential”: a Small Scale Farming Workshop on Saturday, April 8th in Nebraska City at the Kimmel Education and Research Center (5985 G Road) beginning at 9:00 am and running till 4:00 pm.

squashThe workshop will feature presentations by local farmers, UNL faculty members, and Nebraska Extension personnel. Breakout session topics will include: new rules and regulations, pastured poultry, community supported agriculture (CSA), cover crops, three secrets to profitability, intensive vegetable production, integrated pest management, bio-based weed management, and USDA micro-loans.

hanging_basketsThe cost to attend if pre-registered is $35 per individual, $50 per couple, and $10 per youth participant. The cost of at the door registration is: $45 per individual, $60 per couple, and $20 per youth.  For questions or to pre-register contact the Nemaha County Extension Office (402-274-4755).


Small Spaces, Big Potential:  A Small Scale Farming Workshop Flyer (PDF, 1 pg, 130 KB)

High Tunnel Workshops

(PDF, 1 pg, 526 KB)

Learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels at workshops being offered in

  • Fort Dodge, IA - April 25, 2017
  • Ottumwa, IA - April 26, 2017
  • Debuque, IA - May 2, 2017

These workshops are sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and North Central SARE.  Topics include:  soil management, tomato grafting, insect management, and environmental control.  A visit to a working high tunnel is included.   See the High Tunnel Workshops Flyer (PDF, 1 pg, 526 KB) for more information and registration details.

Nebraska SARE will also provide Travel Scholarships to Ag Educators interested in attending this training.  Applications for SARE Travel Scholarships are available on the Travel Scholarship page associated with this website.  Please send your applications to Gary Lesoing at gary.lesoing@unl.edu

On Farm Food Safety with GAPs and FSMA Webinar

This recorded webinar features Connie Fisk, Extension Educator in Cass County.  She covers principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Produce Safety Rule. 
Power Point Slides (PDF, 9 pgs, 825 KB)
Main Points Handout  (PDF, 2 pgs, 322 KB)
Flowchart of FSMA Coverage & Exemptions (PDF, 1 pg, 58 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

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
NEW POSTS
Farm2Fork Ranch - Pankau Family (1/3/17)
Survey of Local Food Producer Blogs (6/28/16)
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

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Nebraska SARE Webinars

 

Berries

Aronia Berries - An emerging diversified crop in Nebraska

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