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  • Texas
    Rooms News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Events Southern SARE Event Calendar Southern Region Cover Crops Conference National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home SARE in Your State Texas SARE in Your State Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas Plan of Work State News and Activities SARE Funded Projects U S Virgin Islands Virginia Texas Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas Plan of Work State News and Activities SARE Funded Projects U S Virgin Islands Virginia Can t find something Ask or send feedback SARE s mission is to advance to the whole of American agriculture innovations that improve profitability stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education SARE s vision is Texas SARE Grants in Texas SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Texas Texas Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary pdf The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight a breakdown of funding by SARE project type and the total funding for the state since 1988 This is a colorful 2 pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed Competitive Grants List pdf The grants list describes each grant in the state by title project leader and funding level For further information about any grant in the list go to SARE Projects and search by the project number or title The Texas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE is a professional development program sponsored by the Southern Region SARE and co coordinated by Texas A M University and Prairie View A M University We work together to deliver a program that enhances the environmental social and economic sustainability of the state through research and education Texas SARE partners with researchers extension faculty producers and community organizations to research and implement the best science based practices available in all aspects of the Texas agricultural system In addition to research SARE is dedicated to providing education in sustainable agriculture through various trainings offered each year Our SARE State Coordinators are vital for expanding sustainable agriculture training for Extension NRCS and other ag professionals who will then help producers transition to a more sustainable agriculture Plan of Work The Texas SARE program involves a multifaceted effort that provides training opportunities for agricultural professionals and also incorporates concepts of sustainable agriculture in existing state wide training efforts State News and Activities Texas SARE offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year Check back to this section frequently to find out about

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  • U.S. Virgin Islands
    Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home SARE in Your State U S Virgin Islands SARE in Your State Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands News and Activities SARE Funded Projects Virginia U S Virgin Islands Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands News and Activities SARE Funded Projects Virginia Can t find something Ask or send feedback SARE s mission is to advance to the whole of American agriculture innovations that improve profitability stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education SARE s vision is U S Virgin Islands SARE Grants in the U S Virgin Islands SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for the U S Virgin Islands U S Virgin Islands Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary pdf The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight a breakdown of funding by SARE project type and the total funding for the state since 1988 This is a colorful 2 pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed Competitive Grants List pdf The grants list describes each grant in the state by title project leader and funding level For further information about any grant in the list go to SARE Projects and search by the project number or title The U S Virgin Islands Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE is a professional development program sponsored by the Southern Region

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  • Virginia
    Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Events Southern SARE Event Calendar Southern Region Cover Crops Conference National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home SARE in Your State Virginia SARE in Your State Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Research and Education News Resources SARE Grant Information Staff and Advisory Committee Virginia Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Research and Education News Resources SARE Grant Information Staff and Advisory Committee Can t find something Ask or send feedback SARE s mission is to advance to the whole of American agriculture innovations that improve profitability stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education SARE s vision is Virginia Virginia SARE Virginia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE is a professional development program sponsored by the Southern Region SARE and co coordinated by Virginia Tech and Virginia State University We work together to deliver a professional development program that enhances the environmental social and economic sustainability of the state with a focus on our state s most pressing issues such as soil health and regional food systems Since 1988 Virginia s researchers Extension faculty producers and community organizations have received over 4 million in funding for 83 projects that research and implement the best science based practices in order to improve on farm sustainable growing techniques and producer sales throughout the state Visit our Research Education News page to learn about our upcoming events conference reports and grant funded project updates If you have any

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  • Aquaculture, Fish Farming and Aquaponics Resources
    What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home Educational Resources Topic Rooms Aquaculture and Aquaponics Aquaculture and Aquaponics Aquaculture Southern Region Resources in Aquaponics Alternative Fish Farming and Aquatic Products Aquaculture the farming of aquatic organisms is a 1 4 billion industry throughout the United States according to the U S Department of Agriculture 2013 Census Here in the Southern region the value of aquaculture products including food fish baitfish shellfish and other aquaculture products amounts to around 26 million This topic room includes a collection of educational materials such as articles and videos developed out of SARE funded aquaculture research for those interested in fish farming or incorporating fish into a crop production system Commercial aquaculture is a solid traditional industry However interest is growing in the areas of alternative fish farming small scale aquaculture and water gardening also known as aquaponics Aquaculture is an attractive alternative farming enterprise for many farmers for a number of reasons Pond raised operations such as catfish and shrimp can provide additional on farm profits Aquaponics systems allow farmers to integrate fish farming with crop production generating unique operations that involve water conservation nutrient management and multiple value added products Fish waste in particular is growing in popularity as a soil amendment in vegetable crop production As interest in small scale aquaculture pond operations and aquaponics grows the need to provide unbiased educational resources on such alternative farming enterprises increases SARE has a long history of supporting aquaculture and aquaponics through grant funded projects and practical resources that focus on improving the sustainability of fish production systems reinforce a sustainable relationship between animals and the environment and aid farmers and ranchers in profitable marketing and value added activities and products Dig Deeper SARE Database Additional Resources Photos Polyculture and Reservoir Ranching The purpose of this fact sheet is to describe two production systems polyculture and reservoir ranching that show promise of becoming popular methods for increasing fish production and profits in inland waters compared to a traditional monoculture system Download File 341 72 kB Online Text Version Assessing the Viability of Inland Shrimp Farming in South Central Alabama Assessing the Viability of Inland Shrimp Farming in South Central Alabama presented by Anthoney Deanes Alabama Download File 3 38 MB Economic Analysis of Commercial Aquaponic Production Systems Three case studies of aquaponic production systems in Texas Florida and the U S Virgin Islands that show commercial aquaponics systems can be economically viable options for producers Southern SARE Articles MSU Researchers Identify Biological Method to Control Devastating Catfish Disease Researchers using a native fish species to disrupt the disease cycle Fish Extract Products Can Control Foliar Diseases in Organic Blueberries UGA Research Finds Product labeled for organic use can be used after blueberry harvest Fish Waste Compost Proves Beneficial to South Carolina Garden Co op Tomatoes and cucumbers benefit from fish waste compost in funded study Southern SARE Videos Is Fish Waste Compost Worth the

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  • Forestry and Agroforestry: Southern Region Resources on Sustainable Woodland Management and Land Use Conservation
    some of the most dynamic diverse and productive in the nation and is a major agricultural revenue driver for many Southern states contributing 200 billion annually to the nation s economy Forestry Forestland is a significant family asset with timber harvesting mainly from monoculture pine plantations dominating commodity practices However many private landowners and farmers are recognizing other forestland amenities such as recreational value aesthetic enjoyment wildlife conservation and water quality There has been a shift away from a commodity oriented approach to a more biocentric approach with woodland and forest management A survey conducted in a Southern SARE grant funded project LS01 129 found that the most cited reason for owning land was as an asset for my children heirs Sustainably growing managing and harvesting the land to meet the needs of current and future generations is becoming more important Implementing best management practices particularly in abandoned or underutilized forestland also enhances wildlife habitat reduces soil erosion and maintains or improves water quality Private landowners farmers researchers and educators have learned more about profitable and sustainable land use through Southern region SARE grant projects that not only improve land management skills and boost conservation efforts but also broaden profit making options Many forestland owners assume timber harvesting is the only way to make money from their land But non timber products such as pine straw hunting leases and agroforestry serve as additional revenue streams Agroforestry Agroforestry in particular is growing in popularity with both landowners and farmers interested in sustainable agriculture Agroforestry is a sustainable land use system that involves the intentional integration and management of trees crops and or livestock in a single management unit Agroforestry optimizes the benefits of integration offering diversified income opportunities and value added products promoting a sound environment and creating appealing scenery thereby promoting a whole systems approach The Association for Temperate Agroforestry categorizes agroforestry into five basic types windbreaks alley cropping silvopasture riparian buffers and forest farming Within each is a host of options available to landowners and farmers The Southern region has a great potential for developing various agroforestry practices because of the region s suitable environment to support all components of the system Through Southern region SARE grant funded projects landowners and farmers have been adopting more agroforestry practices and increasing their knowledge of systems application through research and Extension education opportunities This topic room includes a collection of educational materials developed out of SARE funded forestry and agroforestry research for those interested in sustainable ag practices of forest and woodland management and the integration of forestland with crops and livestock Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE program Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia Fort Valley State University and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America s Southern region This material is based upon work that is supported

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  • Pollinator Resources from the Southern Region SARE Program
    pollinators to produce seeds fruits and vegetables One out of every three bites of food we take is made possible through the work of pollinators such as the European honeybee and native bee species like the bumblebee However the important role pollinators play in food production and plant biodiversity is in jeopardy due to a variety of factors that affect pollinator survival and population distribution incidences of disease habitat loss environmental impacts economic development invasive species and poor agricultural practices This topic room includes a collection of educational materials such as articles videos publications and Power Point presentations developed out of SARE funded pollinator research for those interested in bees and beekeeping Through these grant projects farmers researchers and conservation groups strive to protect pollinators in a number of different ways exploring the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees breeding honeybees to strengthen their resistance to pests and diseases protecting native bee habitats and finding sustainable ways to incorporate alternative pollinators in fruit and vegetable production SARE has a long history of supporting pollinators through grant funded projects and practical resources that focus on pest and disease management beekeeping practices bee breeding habitat development and management and incorporating bees in sustainable production practices Through such sustainable research and education the sustainability of beekeeping practices the sustainable relationship between pollinators and the environment and the development of profitable marketing and value added activities and products generated from the work of bees are consistently being reinforced Dig Deeper SARE Database Additional Resources Photos National SARE Publications Managing Alternative Pollinators Managing Alternative Pollinators A Handbook for Beekeepers Growers and Conservationists is a first of its kind step by step full color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees mason bees leafcutter bees and other bee species that provide pollination alternatives to the rapidly declining honey bee Download File 4 96 MB Manage Insects on Your Farm While every farming system is unique the principles of ecological pest management apply universally Manage Insects on Your Farm highlights ecological strategies that improve your farm s natural defenses and encourage beneficial insects to attack your worst pests Download File 3 46 MB Online Text Version How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee explains how to use this alternative pollinator successfully including nesting rearing and wintering how to manage predators and more Available only online Download File 824 15 kB A Sustainable Approach to Controlling Honey Bee Diseases and Varroa Mites This fact sheet describes efforts to breed honey bees Apis mellifera resistant to diseases and parasitic mites to reduce the amount of antibiotics and pesticides used in bee colonies and to ensure that our breeding methods and stock are accessible to beekeepers everywhere Download File 474 52 kB Online Text Version What is a Topic Room The SARE websites contain hundreds of reports books and other information materials on a wide range of topics To help make sense of it all SARE created Topic Rooms a carefully organized

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  • Pastured Poultry Resources in the Southern Region
    on Pastured Poultry According to USDA s Agricultural Marketing Resource Center AgMRC pastured or free range poultry is defined as a poultry production system that is characterized by chickens turkey or ducks being raised primarily on pasture Interest in pastured poultry production among small scale farmers has grown significantly in recent decades because it is often an inexpensive way to add supplemental revenue and diversification to small farms especially for those with limited resources In addition the niche market targets growing consumer demand for a more natural humanely raised and environmentally friendly product Small flock production can include chickens turkeys and other species such as ducks geese and quail Diversification of animal species and the myriad ways those birds can be incorporated into on farm production such as organic and free range make for an attractive enterprise In addition components of pastured poultry production such as animal waste and housing facilities are effective in value added production and niche marketing Pastured chickens offer countless benefits in sustainable agriculture by supplying eggs and meat to both the farmer and the consumer improving the soil controlling insects and weeds and blending effectively into an integrated grazing system Whether raised as a backyard flock on small to medium size farms or in a larger pastured environment grass fed poultry can be a successful enterprise that supports sustainable production systems positively impacts the environment and provides profitable marketing and value added products SARE has been supporting pastured poultry production health marketing and value added efforts through grant funded projects and unbiased practical educational resources This topic room includes a collection of educational materials developed out of decades of SARE funded pastured poultry research On Farm Production Bird Breeding Health Nutrition Animal Waste Management Processing Marketing Dig Deeper SARE Database Additional Resources Photos Heritage Turkey

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  • Goat and Sheep Farming Resources
    Products SSARE Snapshots SARE Biennial Reports SANET SARE Program Materials Topic Rooms News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Events Southern SARE Event Calendar Southern Region Cover Crops Conference National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home Educational Resources Topic Rooms Small Ruminants Small Ruminants Small Ruminants Southern Region Resources on Goat and Sheep Farming According to the USDA small ruminants such as sheep and goats have an important place in livestock production as producers of meat milk and fiber products in addition to other uses such as weed control and livestock shows Sheep goat and other small ruminant enterprises offer many advantages for both beginning and experienced farmers Small and productive sheep and goats are well suited to grass based and small scale agriculture They are relatively inexpensive compared to larger livestock a boon for limited resource producers And a growing market is opening the doors for value added opportunities from meat products to cheese to fiber As interest in sustainable and alternative forms of livestock production systems grows the need to provide unbiased educational resources on small ruminant production health nutrition and marketing increases SARE has a long history of supporting small ruminant production and marketing systems through grant funded projects and practical resources that focus on improving the sustainability of small ruminant production systems reinforce a sustainable relationship between animals and the environment and aid farmers and ranchers in profitable marketing and value added activities and products This topic room includes a collection of educational materials developed out of decades of SARE funded small ruminant research for those interested in goat and sheep farming On Farm Production Animal Health Marketing Value Added Dig Deeper SARE Database Additional Resources Photos The Small Ruminant Toolbox Type Southern SARE Grantee Produced Info Product This Small Ruminant Toolbox is a large collection of publications presentations and other resources that will be helpful to small ruminant producers and educators Published 2014 Also see this article Multi State Resource Tool Addresses Small Ruminant Production Needs Educational Training Video Year Round Forage Production in the Southern Region Pasture based goat production is becoming one of the important enterprises for livestock farmers in the Southeastern U S However most livestock farmers have not adopted sustainable forage programs and depend on hay and supplementary feedstuffs during times of reduced forage availability Tuskegee University in conjunction with Texas A M University Auburn University Langston University Mississippi State University Alabama NRCS and other organizations has developed an educational training video whose goal is to aid farmers and ranchers in increasing the productivity quality and production of forages as well as improve management of existing pastures for sustainable livestock production The video is a complementary resource to the Year Round Forage Production Goat Handbook Want more information See the related SARE grant ES11 107

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