FEDERAL POLICY, REGIONAL IMPACT

SARE Biannual Report

On March 17, the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE), a federal program administered by the USDA to advance American agriculture, released its biannual report, highlighting several projects it funds in our region. 

Since 1988, SARE has funded more than 5,300 projects across the nation, over 1,500 of which were located in the 12-state region that NESAWG serves: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  SARE has provided more than $56 million for these projects led by northeast regional farmers, ranchers, extension agents and educators, researchers, nonprofits, students, communities and others. 

The report highlights the following SARE-funded projects in the Northeast:

  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension researchers help New York dairy farmers improve their nutrient management through data collection and record-keeping.
     
  • West Virginia University Extension teach hundreds of farmers and Extension educators how to use high tunnels successfully.
     
  • University of Maryland researchers explore the benefits of forage radish, a relatively new cover crop species that they have found fits well with no-till spring planting, and boosts farmers’ yields and profits.
     

To read the northeast region section of the report, click here: 2013.2014_SARE_NE-Region_Report_from_the_Field.pdf.

 

Future SARE Grants

SARE grants fund research and education projects exploring core agricultural functions such as pest management and rotational grazing, business skills such as marketing, and overarching themes such as systems research and sustainable communities.  Grants are organized into the following categories: Graduate Student GrantsProfessional Development GrantsResearch and Education Grants, Partnership Grants, Farmer Grants and Sustainable Community Grants

Deadlines and application processes vary; check www.nesare.org for details.