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

Healthy Farms Conference - February 9 & 10

The Healthy Farms Conference features over 20 breakout sessions aimed at equipping farmers, aspiring farmers, foodies, and advocates with the skills and knowledge about sustainable agriculture. Breakout session topics range from cover crops to holistic orchards, to pollinators and hops production. This conference encourages the entire family to attend by offering a full youth program with many of the presenters being youth presenting on projects from their farms.

Participants will have the chance to network with farmers, university faculty, and fellow agricultural colleagues. In addition to providing informative, educational sessions, the conferences has commercial and educational exhibits about local food, holistic health products, sustainability, natural resources, and marketing.

A full conference agenda and on line registration is available on the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society’s web site: http://nebsusag.org/conference.shtml

Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference - March 5, 2018

The Southeast Nebraska Soil Health Conference will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018, at the Kimmel Ag Expo Center in Syracuse NE.  Registration & refreshments begin at 8:30 am with the program starting at 9:00.  The event is FREE but pre-registration is required by February 27th for lunch/refreshment count.  Register by calling Gary Lesoing at 402-274-4755 or go online at:  SE NE Soil Health Conference Registration

This event is being sponsored in part by:  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska SARE, Midwest Farmers Cooperative, Dean Seeds, Channel Seeds, Vantage Ag, and USDA NRCS.

More information is available on the SE NE Soil Health Conference Flyer (PDF, 1 pg, 270 KB)

Recently Recorded SARE Webinar

Myths & Merits of Grazing Corn Residue

Recorded December 19, 2017 - Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Extension Beef Systems Specialist with Nebraska Extension, discusses how 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.

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


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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