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

The 14th Annual Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2019.  The cost is $20 per person which includes lunch & transportation.  Deadline to register is September 3rd.  Contact the Nemaha County Extension Office at 402-274-4755 to register.  Read more

Nebraska's Midwest Cover Crop Council - Cover Crop Selector Tool Becomes Available

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.

A Visit to Slow Foods Nation, Denver 2018 - NE SARE Webinar

Recorded April 2, 2019 - In this webinar, Jerry and Renee Cornett of Prairie Plate Restaurant near Waverly, NE, talk about their experience at the Slow Foods Nation event in 2018.  They received a SARE Travel Scholarship to participate in this event. The event focused on a number of food issues and there were several opportunities to participate in different discussions and programs. More than 10,000 chefs, policymakers, farmers and food lovers from all over the world were talking about food justice, sustainability and management.  There was discussion over agricultural issues and all kinds of food was there as well.  A Visit to Slow Foods Nation, Denver 2018 - Webinar Recording

2019 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference Videos

The 2019 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Beatrice.  The conference was recorded and videos are available at: 2019 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference

Using Drones for Corn Nitrogen Management – An On-Farm Field Day Hosted by Stevens Farm - Video

This video was recorded on Thursday, July 19 th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Emily Oestmann, student intern at Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County recorded and produced this video. The video begins with an introduction about SARE, the Farmer/Rancher Grant Program and Partnership Grant program by Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator and Nebraska State SARE Coordinator. Laura Thompson, Nebraska On-Farm Research Network & Ag Technology Extension Educator and Dean Stevens then discuss Using Drones Based Sensors for Variable Rate Aerial Nitrogen Application on Corn. John Lueger, GIS/Contract Specialist with Heinen Brothers Agri Services follows and explained about Variable Rating Nitrogen from an Aerial Perspective. After lunch Nathan Thompson discussed drones and gave a live drone demonstration. This field day was part of Stevens Farms SARE Funded Farmer/Rancher Grant. Results of the 2017 Project are published and available at: https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2018/2017-farm-research-results-now-online . This fall, data will be collected and reported in the 2018 On-Farm Research Report.


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 other 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.


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 SareMansAgNews.

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)

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 Video



Aronia Berries - An emerging diversified crop in Nebraska