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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. 

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

Upcoming Webinar

Bio-based Weed Management Tools for Specialty Crops

On Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 a.m , Dr. Sam Wortman, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present a webinar on Bio-based weed management tools for specialty crops. Sam will discuss some of the research he has conducted with cover crops and other methods of weed control in organic specialty cropping systems.

Join the Bio-based Weed Management Webinar at: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/730760379 
International link:    https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=a78uAi5w57P38tqvfce1-rB6bcFy38PW 
Meeting ID: 730 760 379

Opportunities for Growing & Grazing Cover Crops

Nebraska Extension, Lancaster County Farm Bureau, Nebraska Corn Board and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) have teamed up to provide a unique learning and networking opportunity for potential cover crop growers and cattle operators to partner and add mutual value to their present situation.

The day will feature a trade show, speakers from both public and private organizations, as well as first-hand insight from producers who are making it work right here in Nebraska. The program topics will include: tips and opportunities for growing cover crops, how and when to utilize livestock, rental rates and partnership agreements, plus, the opportunity to visit and network with related businesses and producers.

Opportunites for Growing & Grazing Cover Crops Flyer (PDF, 2 pgs, 354 KB)

To register for this free event go to the Growing and Grazing Cover Crops webpage.

Recently Recorded Webinars

Nebraskan Permaculture Design, Trees as the Farmer's Best Friend, & Other Helpful Tips

Recorded April 6, 2017 - Gus von Roenn, Permaculture designer, builder, urban farmer, activist, educator, land steward, event planner and nonprofit founder, discusses concepts of Permaculture that 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.

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)

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
Small Scale Farm Workshop Scheduled for April 8th (3/30/17)
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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Publications - Resources

Nebraska SARE Webinars

 

Berries

Aronia Berries - An emerging diversified crop in Nebraska

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