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 Nebraska Sustainable Ag Crops & Livestock Conference

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The 2017 Western Nebraska Sustainable Ag Crops & Livestock Conference will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney, NE.  The cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required by December 8th.  Registration information and conference details are available in the Western Nebraska Sustainable Ag Crops & Livestock Conference Brochure (PDF, 2 pgs, 585 KB).

Upcoming SARE Webinar

Myths & Merits of Grazing Corn Residue - December 19

The final webinar for our 2017 Sustainable Ag Webinar Series will held on Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Extension Beef Systems Specialist with Nebraska Extension, will discuss:

Grazing corn residues can benefit both cattle and crop producers. Grazing of corn residue can be a low-cost source of winter feed for cattle and a source of income for farmers (without detrimental effects to the land). This presentation will cover the results of a SARE project evaluating the impacts of grazing corn residue on the soil and crop yields as well as talk about general recommendations for stocking rates and supplementation of cattle.

The link to the webinar is https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/616450486 . The meeting ID is 616 450 486. If you have questions in regard to this webinar, feel free to email me at gary.lesoing@unl.edu or call me at (402) 274-4755.  This webinar will be recorded for viewing for those unable to participate in the webinar live.

Call for Proposals - 2018 NCR-SARE Grants

Visit our NCR-SARE Grant web page for information on Research & Education Grants, Partnership Grants, Youth Educator Grants, and Farmer/Rancher Grants.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture presents Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training on November 3, 2017 in Grand Island, NE.  This course satisfies the requirement for the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.  For more information see the Produce Safety Alliance Flyer Invitation (PDF, 2 pg, 700 KB) or go to the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Facebook page.

Recently Recorded Webinar

Cattle Management & Performance in an Integrated Crop-Livestock System

Recorded November 7, 2017 - Ashley Conway, PhD student in Animal Science under the direction of Dr. Mary Drewnoski who received a SARE Graduate Student Grant, discusses the project and results of the first year of the study.  Integrated crop-lifestock systems offer tremendous potential for gackgrounding cattle.  Incorporating cereal rye as a winter cover crop and then grazing in the spring is one potential strategy to capture added value to an agricultural system.  Year one of a two-year study designed to investigate the impact of cattle and residue management in this type of system specially looks at the use of ionophore supplementation of cattle grazing cereal rye in the spring. 

If you have any questions, contact Gary Lesoing at glesoing2@unl.edu or (402) 274-4755.

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 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
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

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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)

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