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  • Water Conservation on the High Plains Topic Brief
    advent of rural electrification and pumping technology tapping into the Ogallala Aquifer for irrigation made row crop cultivation mainly cotton possible Today roughly 25 percent of the total U S cotton crop is produced in this region In addition the High Plains serves as a grazing resource for stocker cattle before they enter feedlots Wheat alfalfa warm season grasses and other forages have served as feed for decades In the Texas High Plains an area that receives only 18 inches of rainfall annually in an average year the Ogallala Aquifer is a crucial but finite resource The Ogallala was formed millions of years ago from the erosion of the Rocky Mountains and now traverses through portions of eight states Colorado Kansas Nebraska New Mexico Oklahoma South Dakota Texas and Wyoming providing 30 percent of the United States irrigation and contributing to an astounding 20 percent of the country s entire agricultural output As droughts across the Texas Panhandle increase intensify and endure it is quickly becoming clear that the increasing number of irrigation wells and lack of adequate recharge from more northern states is bringing High Plains agriculture to a crisis point Studies have indicated that water levels in the Ogallala are dropping at an alarming rate with some studies estimating the aquifer will run dry in just 50 years time In this semi arid region agriculture accounts for over 40 percent of the economy including support of numerous rural communities but depends heavily on irrigation from the Ogallala Aquifer at non sustainable withdrawal rates Recharge is negligible and well output is dropping to the point that farmers are having to adopt new systems to maintain profitable survival of their businesses and the communities that depend on their economic activity Sustainable Agroecosystems in the Texas High Plains Texas High Plains Photo credit Texas Tech University TeCSIS The importance of crops forages and livestock to the Texas High Plains has highlighted the need to develop systems that enhance profitability improve conservation of soil and water resources and expand marketing opportunities for a more sustainable agricultural system In the late 1990s a committed and dedicated team of researchers from Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX took one of the first steps to begin exploring a systems approach to implement agricultural production alternatives that use less water Researchers received a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE grant to jump start those efforts The research conducted at the Texas Tech University New Deal Research Farm covers the use of grazing systems with beef cattle that when integrated into farming systems involving annual crops can reduce inputs of irrigation water fertilizers and pesticides while building up soil organic matter and microbial diversity The impetus for this research is the declining supply of groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer used in large scale row crop farming and therefore the need for systems that use less water while building soil quality and maintaining profitability Photo credits Texas Tech University TeCSIS Cropping choices by producers largely follow crop prices

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  • Contact Southern SARE
    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 Contact Southern SARE Grants Systems Research Types of Grants Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State Search Grant Projects Search the Database Grant Project Products Funded Grants in Your State Special Project Reports Professional Development Program SARE in Your State Apply for a PDP Grant State Ag Coordinators Funded Grants in Your State Fellows Search for Excellence Programs Educational Resources Books Bulletins Courses and Curricula Fact Sheets From the Field Multimedia Newsletters SARE Project 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 Contact Southern SARE Contact Southern SARE Contact Southern SARE 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 Contact Southern SARE To order publications visit SARE National Outreach Find specific staff contact info here Find specific SARE coordinator contact info here Sender name Email Subject Message Join SARE at This

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  • Your State Fellows Search for Excellence Programs Educational Resources Books Bulletins Courses and Curricula Fact Sheets From the Field Multimedia Newsletters SARE Project 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 439 Next Search Advanced Search Search Tips Search of all SARE Sites for returned 4381 matches Refine your search Filter by SARE region North Central SARE Northeast SARE Southern SARE Western SARE All SARE Sites Filter by content type Learning Center Project Reports Events Filter by keywords cover crops 70 marketing 53 mo 50 organic 50 mn 48 Type National SARE Promotional Product Topic Room Flyers Relevance 100 Educational Resources SARE Progr rogram Materials Topic Room Flyers Type Fact Sheet Cost Effective Asian Pear Thinning for Productivity and Fruit Quality Relevance 100 Educational Resources Fact Sheet for Productivity and Fruit Quality Type Southern SARE Grantee Produced Info Product The Small Ruminant Toolbox Relevance 100 Educational Resources Courses an rricula The Small Ruminant Toolbox Type National SARE Promotional Product 25 Years of SARE Relevance 100 Educational Resources SARE Progr Program Materials 25 Years of SARE Type National SARE Promotional Product SARE PowerPoint Relevance 100 Educational Resources SARE Progr Program Materials SARE PowerPoint Type Fact Sheet A Sustainable Approach to Controlling Honey Bee Diseases and Varroa Mites Relevance 100 Educational Resources Fact Sheet oney Bee Diseases and Varroa Mites Type Fact Sheet In House Composting in High Rise Caged Layer

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  • Research & Education Grants
    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 Research Education Grants ATTENTION When applying for this grant please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures Research Education Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture This approach recognizes that ag systems are complex and that interaction among components determines characteristics of the system Ag systems also need to be studied intact regardless of the spatial or temporal scale Research Education Grants encourage that systems research approach in sustainable agriculture Research Education Grants include a pre proposal application process Pre proposal applicants selected by the review committee are invited to submit a full proposal Full proposals are reviewed and selected for funding Who can apply for a Research Education Grant Including but not limited to teams of researchers from public and private institutions such as 1862 and 1890 land grant universities government agencies USDA ARS non governmental organizations and community based organizations How much will the grants fund Research Education Grants award up to 3 years of research activities The funding range generally falls between 100 000 and 300 000 What do the grants fund All Research and Education Grant applicants must propose systems oriented research that fits one of three grant categories Production research Focused on actual production methods this kind of research has made up the bulk of SARE s project portfolio in the past and has developed techniques that have become common tools for farmers Postharvest food systems research These projects examine what happens past the farm gate such as in the markets distribution systems and policy making This category can serve as a funding path for social science researchers to also make a difference in our farm and food systems See Southern SARE Seeks Social Science Proposals for more details on areas of social science interest A combination of production and postharvest food systems research The ultimate in systems research would connect what goes on in the ground with everything that happens after a crop is harvested including adding value marketing infrastructure for processing and transportation as well as policy making What else should I know about Research Education Grants The project should take a systems research approach The project s central purpose should be research based with an educational outreach component to extend the project findings to the public Producers and consumers should be part of the process from problem identification through project development implementation dissemination of results and evaluation To determine allowable costs for the funding refer to the USDA NIFA Office of Management and Budget OMB Circulars A 21 Cost Principles for Educational Activities and A 110 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education Hospitals and other Non Profit Organization Refer to additional grant regulations on

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  • Large Systems Research Grants
    Grants Grants Systems Research Types of Grants Research Education Grants Large Systems Research Grants Professional Development Grants On Farm Research Grants Producer Grants Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Graduate Student Grants James Harrison Hill Sr Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State Large Systems Research Grants Systems Research Types of Grants Research Education Grants Large Systems Research Grants Professional Development Grants On Farm Research Grants Producer Grants Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Graduate Student Grants James Harrison Hill Sr Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State 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 Large Systems Research Grants ATTENTION When applying for this grant please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures At the core of sustainable agriculture research is the application of a systems approach to research that aims to understand how a complex system functions as a whole often beginning with a conceptual model This approach recognizes that agricultural systems are complex and that interaction among components determines characteristics of the system Further because of this complexity agricultural systems need to be studied intact over the long term One of the challenges in conducting systems research is obtaining sufficient funding to keep the research team and research infrastructure together over the many years needed to obtain useful and meaningful long term systems research results Moreover as systems research teams analyze and assess results over time new questions arise that need to be integrated into the long term systems research protocol and be investigated Because of the long term research oriented approach required for systems research outcome expectations for the Large Systems Research Grant program have been designed to assure effective appropriate results Each proposal should have defined research outcomes that contribute in a specific way to the pool of knowledge about sustainable agriculture and systems design Specific performance targets that include the adoption of new farm practices are not required for systems research projects However achievement of knowledge outcomes such as published research findings are still required Large Systems Research Grants are designed to assure research capacity in addition to gaining a near term result to a specific research question They are also designed to improve the opportunities for teams to engage in interdisciplinary activities This ongoing process of research design followed by research activities analysis and redesign does not fit standard short term modes of funding common in many grant programs The Southern Region SARE Program through its Large Systems Research Grant hopes to address that funding gap Who can apply Large Systems Grants are for teams

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  • Graduate Student Grants
    Development Grants On Farm Research Grants Producer Grants Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Graduate Student Grants James Harrison Hill Sr Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State Graduate Student Grants Systems Research Types of Grants Research Education Grants Large Systems Research Grants Professional Development Grants On Farm Research Grants Producer Grants Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Graduate Student Grants James Harrison Hill Sr Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State 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 Graduate Student Grants ATTENTION When applying for this grant please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures Graduate Student Grants are competitive research grants for full time graduate students interested in conducting sustainable agriculture research Graduate Student Grant projects should address sustainable agriculture issues of current and potential importance to the Southern region and the nation Who can apply for a Graduate Student Grant Full time Ph D and Master s students enrolled at an accredited institution in the Southern region are eligible to apply The graduate student must be considered full time according to his or her institution s requirements at the time of proposal submission How much will the grants fund and how many are funded Project maximum for Graduate Student Grants is 11 000 for up to three years of research SSARE funds about 8 proposals each year What can Graduate Student Grant funds be used for Graduate Student Grant funds MAY be used for the following purposes Supplies Equipment any equipment obtained becomes the property of the university that the funded graduate student attends Labor The graduate student project investigator may receive up to a maximum of 50 percent of the project total This is actual identifiable work on the project and NOT a general graduate stipend Special texts not readily available Farm equipment rental or operating charges Travel and per diem necessary for the project use your university per diem rules Are there things that Graduate Student Grant funds can t be used for Graduate Student Grant funds MAY NOT be used for the following purposes Graduate student stipends Travel to scholarly meetings or any international travel Preparation of thesis or dissertation copy Publication costs Purchase of classroom books or payment of tuition Permanent capital improvements e g land buildings etc What else should I know about Graduate Student Grants An applicant may receive only one Graduate Student Grant during his or her degree program Successful proposals include a clear and well defined research topic that directly contributes to a better understanding of sustainable agriculture Ready to

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  • Professional Development Grants
    Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State Professional Development Grants Systems Research Types of Grants Research Education Grants Large Systems Research Grants Professional Development Grants On Farm Research Grants Producer Grants Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Graduate Student Grants James Harrison Hill Sr Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State 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 Professional Development Grants ATTENTION When applying for this grant please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures The Professional Development Program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension Service personnel Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and others who work directly with farmers and ranchers Professional Development Program Grants are available to help further those education and outreach strategies Professional Development Program Grants are competitive grants that provide sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Conservation Service and other ag professionals who work directly with farmers and ranchers PDP grants are SSARE s train the trainer grants Who can apply for a Professional Development Program Grant Agricultural professionals such as Cooperative Extension NRCS FSA and other USDA staff ag consultants non governmental organizations farmer trainers and other as professionals are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Program Grant How much will the grants fund There is no funding cap for projects To fund a broad portfolio of projects priority will be given to those less than 80 000 The PDP Grant generally funds three to four training projects What do the grants fund Professional Development Program grants fund training activities that may include seminars workshops farm tours on farm demonstrations or the development marketing and distribution of training materials Activities may take place in a single state multiple states or throughout the entire Southern region Projects should emphasize a systems approach in sustainable ag effective training methods multi interdisciplinary and multi institutional partnerships farmer involvement and multiple deliverable formats To determine allowable costs for the funding refer to the USDA NIFA Office of Management and Budget OMB Circulars A 21 Cost Principles for Educational Activities and A 110 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education Hospitals and other Non Profit Organization Refer to additional grant regulations on the USDA website What else should I know about PDP grants Projects outcomes must focus on developing sustainable ag systems or moving existing systems toward sustainability Projects must provide or enable training to revelant audiences Research projects and farmer outreach or education do not qualify Professional Development Program Grants are competitive training grants The PDP Grant generally funds 3 to 4 training projects per year The development of a case for

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  • On-Farm Research Grants
    Your State On Farm Research Grants Systems Research Types of Grants Research Education Grants Large Systems Research Grants Professional Development Grants On Farm Research Grants Producer Grants Sustainable Community Innovation Grants Graduate Student Grants James Harrison Hill Sr Young Scholar Enhancement Grant Program Grant Deadlines Apply for a Grant Proposal Budget Checklist Writing Your Grant Managing Your Grant Submitting Grant Reports Funded Grants in Your State 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 On Farm Research Grants ATTENTION When applying for this grant please refer to the guidelines in the Call for Proposal and carefully follow the application procedures The Southern Region SARE program recognizes the value and importance of on farm research in developing sustainable solutions to agricultural production problems Just as SSARE provides funding opportunities for farmers and ranchers through the Producer Grant program SSARE also offers funding opportunities to Extension specialists Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel university researchers and non governmental organizations who currently work with farmers and conduct on farm research with at least one farmer rancher cooperator Important On Farm Research Grants are not open to farmers If you are a farmer rancher or an organization of farmers ranchers you are not eligible to apply for an On Farm Research Grant You should apply under the SSARE Producer Grant program Who can apply for an On Farm Research Grant Agricultural professionals who currently and regularly work with farmers and ranchers These can be Extension specialists university researchers NRCS NGOs or other organizations Projects must be conducted on farm How much will the grants fund and how many are funded Project maximum for On Farm Research Grants is 15 000 for up to two years of research SSARE funds about 6 proposals each year What can On Farm Research Grant funds be used for On Farm Research Grant funds may be used for the following purposes Costs of sampling and sample analysis Materials and supplies needed for the project Outreach expenses such as holding a field day Travel needed for the project Hired labor including farmer rancher labor beyond their normal farming duties Refreshments at educational events such as field days Are there things that On Farm Research Grant funds can t be used for On Farm Research Grant funds may NOT be used for the following purposes Starting or expanding a farm farming operation or NGO Buying equipment Permanent improvements to a farm or ranch e g planting an orchard buying a herd permanent fencing permanent irrigation permanent greenhouses or buildings Lunches or other full meals at field days or large gatherings Testing of commercial products What else should I know about On Farm Research Grants On Farm Research Grant proposals must include at least one farmer rancher project cooperator and the project must be conducted on that cooperator s farm Successful

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