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

Farmer Rancher Grant Webinar - October 17

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Join the WebEx webinar (registration is not required):

We are using a telephone-based audio feed for this meeting.  Please use this toll-free dial-in number: (866) 865-2157  Conference phone line code: 7581918946

It is recommended that you install the software and test your computer and browser prior to attending the webinar because there are plugins that may need to be installed on your computer. Do that here: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Technical Problems?  Contact Haley Myers at myersh@umn.edu or 573-289-6277 prior to the meeting. Alternately, WebEx technical support is available 24 hours a day to assist with setup or connection issues at 1-866-229-3239 (U.S. and Canada, toll-free).

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

Bio-based Weed Management Tools for Specialty Crops

Recorded July 27, 2017 - Dr. Sam Wortman , Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents a webinar on Bio-based weed management tools for specialty crops. Sam discusses some of the research he has conducted with cover crops and other methods of weed control in organic specialty cropping systems.

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

(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