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 

Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference - February 2, 2022

There are many benefits to utilizing cover crops, such as improved soil health, reduced erosion, weed suppression and forage for livestock. It’s the details of how and what to do that can present challenges in using cover crops. The Eastern Nebraska Soil Health Conference will provide information to growers who are just getting started with cover crops and to those who are already making cover crops part of their operation.

The conference will take place on Wednesday Feburary 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Event Center - Butler County Fairgrounds at 62 L St. in David City, NE.  There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. CCA credits are applied for and pending. Sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Soybean Board.  For more information contact: Melissa.Bartels@unl.edu or 1-402-367-7410

Registration and details available at:  https://go.unl.edu/eastern_nebraska_soil_health_conference_registration

Nebraska Local Food & Farm Conference 2022

man_picking_peppersPlan to attend the Nebraska Local Food and Farm Conference on February 4th and 5th in Aurora, NE.  This conference is a dynamic collaboration combining Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Societies Healthy Farms Conference, the Nebraska Regional Food Systems Summit, and the Nebraska Specialty Crops Conference & Trade Show into two full days of educational sessions, farmer forums, roundtable conversations, and keynotes.

For more information:  https://www.sustainablenebraska.org/2022conference.html  

To register: https://go.unl.edu/nlffc22

Cover Crop Interviews

Here are a couple of interviews with local producers from Southeast Nebraska that use cover crops and explain how they are using them and benefits they are seeing from using them. 

Gary & Lane

Interview with Lane Meyer, Meyer Cattle Company in Nemaha County,  that uses cover crops.

Ben Steffen

Interview with Ben Steffen, Dairy Farmer, Richardson County, that uses cover crops.

Nebraska SARE Diversified Ag Tour

Enjoy this virtual Diversified Ag Tour from August 2018.  The tour included stops at Robinette Farms, Martell NE; Rock Creek Aquaculture near Diller, NE; Lazy Horse Brewing & Winery near Ohiowa, NE; Slezak Ag & Natural Resources near Milligan, NE; Ralph Tate's Grass Farm near Fairbuy, NE; and finally a stop at Broken Arrow Farm near Filley, NE. 

Conference & Workshop Recordings

Recordings of the Organic Grain Farm Operation Workshop, the 2020 Nebraska Cover Crop & Soil Health Conference and the 2020 Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference have been added t0 the NE SARE Videos & Recordings page.  Take a look!

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.

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

(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 Travel Scholarships Available for Ag Educators

Ag Educators interested in a SARE Travel Scholarship should contact Gary Lesoing at 402-274-4755.



Aronia Berries - An emerging diversified crop in Nebraska