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. (This picture shows Ag Extension Educators and producers visit an organic farm on the Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour.)

News & Information

2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference

The 2023 Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference will be held on Thursday, February 9, from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm.  The conference will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Ithaca, NE. Registration begins at 8:30 am. The conference features innovative speakers will share their experiences with a variety of soil health practices. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered. Learn about the latest in cover crops, diversifying crop rotations, biochar and other regenerative practices.  For more information and to register go to:  https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/nebraska-cover-crop-conference/

Nebraska Local Food & Healthy Farms Conference - February 3-4, 2023 in Aurora, Nebraska

At the Nebraska Local Food & Healthy Farms Conference, you will take an active role in securing our community's food future. Whether you are farming, ranching, running a food service operation, conducting research or education, or advocating for local food, your place is at our table. Or rather, at one of many round table conversations, forums, and educational sessions. In our second year as a collaborative conference between NSAS's Healthy Farms Conference, the Nebraska Regional Food Systems Summit, and the Nebraska Specialty Crops Conference & Trade Show, our goal is to provide the most dynamic and comprehensive farming and local food systems conference in the state. Join us as we learn, innovate, connect, and collaborate for a resilient food future. To register go to:  https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTcwNDY4

Nebraska Extension, NRCS and the cover crop industry in Nebraska have worked to develop a cover crop selector tool specifically just for Nebraska. A team of Nebraska Extension Specialists, Extension Educators, NRCS staff and cover crop industry consultants spent a year developing this cover crop selector tool. The tool was completed, but issues in completing the required programming for the tool delayed release of the tool until now.  Read more


North Central Region SARE administers several grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences and timelines. The focus for all of NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.  Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, its relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE's goals.  For more information go to our NCR-SARE Grants webpage .

Recorded 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, please contact Katja Koehler-Cole at 402-624-8042 or Ben Beckman at 402-254-6821.

SARE Travel Scholarships Available for Ag Educators

Ag Educators interested in a SARE Travel Scholarship should contact Katja Koehler-Cole at 402-624-8042 or Ben Beckman at 402-254-6821.