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  • Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Compost Made with Freshwater Fish Improves Vege Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 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 Compost Made with Freshwater Fish Improves Vegetable Yields Based on South Carolina Farmer Study Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 04 21 2016 Dale Snyder with Sweetgrass Co op evaluates his field crops during a 2011 Southern SARE funded study on using fish waste to make compost Snyder followed up his work with a 2014 study comparing freshwater fish compost to saltwater fish compost and found that freshwater fish compost is just as effective in boosting vegetable crop yields Photo credit Candace Pollock Moore Southern SARE JOHNS ISLAND South Carolina Compost made from freshwater fish appears to perform just as well as compost made from saltwater fish in vegetable production based on the results of a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE farmer project The results point to increased opportunities of using freshwater fish waste as compost in areas where saltwater fish waste is not readily accessible Sweetgrass Garden Co op located near Charleston S C expanded its work in 2014 from a previous Southern SARE funded study in 2011 The study showed that saltwater fish waste used as compost in tomatoes and cucumbers was superior to plant based compost better protecting tomatoes from diseases such as Fusarium wilt and boosting yields in cucumbers 30 percent higher compared to vegetable compost One critique of the project was that saltwater fish carcasses are readily available on the coast but not inland Thus results would not be universally applicable said Dale Snyder of Sweetgrass Garden Co op We realized that freshwater fish are widely available inland but would compost made with freshwater fish carcasses be as effective as compost from saltwater fish In the Southern SARE Producer Grant project FS14 284 Is Freshwater Fish Compost as Effective as Saltwater Fish Compost on Vegetable Production a field comparison of the two compost materials was conducted on eggplants and peppers Three 100 foot rows of eggplant with 50 plants in each row and three 100 foot rows of green peppers with 50 plants in each row were planted Saltwater fish compost was added to one row of eggplant and one row of green peppers Freshwater fish compost was added to one row of eggplant and one row of green peppers No compost was used in the final row of eggplant and green peppers The objective was to measure the yields of each row for a comparison of saltwater fish compost versus freshwater compost versus the control rows with no compost After an 8 week harvest in the summer plants with freshwater fish compost yielded 144

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Compost-Made-with-Freshwater-Fish-Improves-Vegetable-Yields-Based-on-South-Carolina-Farmer-Study (2016-05-01)
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  • for News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Grant Projects Focusing on Training Programs fo Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 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 Grant Projects Focusing on Training Programs for Ag Professionals Funded for FY2016 Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 04 15 2016 GRIFFIN Georgia Training programs and educational tools for ag professionals covering grass fed beef land management food safety and water conservation have been funded by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SARE program The Professional Development Program Grants are train the trainer grants that provide sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for ag professionals who work directly with farmers and ranchers Training activities can include seminars workshops farm tours on farm demonstrations or marketing materials Six projects totaling 465 225 were funded They include ES16 125 Sustainability Training in Agricultural Resources Systems STARS A train the trainer model for agriculture and natural resources professionals 78 269 Mississippi State University Leslie Burger leslie burger msstate edu ES16 126 Grass fed Beef in the Southeast From seed to plate 83 185 Mississippi State University Brandi Karisch brandi karisch msstate edu ES16 127 Reducing Water Usage and Energy Costs through Improved Irrigation Management 76 656 Mississippi State University Curt Lacy curt lacy msstate edu ES16 128 The Conservation Biological Control Short Course 74 651 The Xerces Society Eric Mader eric xerces org ES16 129 The Systems 360 Initiative Curriculum development and delivery of

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Grant-Projects-Focusing-on-Training-Programs-for-Ag-Professionals-Funded-for-FY2016 (2016-05-01)
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  • Artificial Light Sources in Chicken Houses Increase Egg Laying in Hens During Fall and Winter
    Graduate student Margaret Morgan said that the main purpose of the study is to discover the effects of a commercial style lighting system on a pasture style production system compared to traditional commercial style and pasture style production systems Commercially raised hens are commonly kept indoors under artificial lighting for fourteen to sixteen hours per day As pasture raised hens do not have a controlled photoperiod egg laying declines during times of the year when day length or photoperiod is short said Morgan It is hypothesized that egg laying rates will increase in pasture raised hens if artificial light is added to coops to mimic long days during periods of decreasing daylight In the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE Graduate Student Grant GS14 138 Use of Artificial Lighting to Increase Photoperiod Length for Pasture Raised Laying Hens to Improve Egg Productivity and Quality Morgan compared three breeds Cuckoo Marans Easter Egg Hybrids and Silkie pullets in three management systems commercial pasture raised without artificial lighting and pasture raised with artificial lighting Under the commercial and pasture raised with artificial lighting systems the hens were exposed to 14 hours of artificial light In the pasture raised system they were only exposed to natural daylight which was about 10 hours a day In the results of the study Morgan found that hens increased their egg laying under the commercial system and pasture raised systems with artificial light That s good news for producers interested in pasture raised as a more sustainable means of poultry production compared to commercial management practices In addition Morgan found that the eggs of pasture raised hens were larger and of higher quality than the eggs from commercial hens Given the increase in egg quality measurements that pasture raised eggs exhibit over commercial style eggs such as yolk color albumen height and egg weight it is concluded that pasture raised eggs can provide benefits to the producer and the consumer said Morgan It is also concluded that combining a pasture system with a commercial style lighting regime which results in greater egg deposition rate contributes to a more desirable overall production system for the producer and the consumer Photo credit Jackie Wahrumnd Texas A M University Commerce The artificial lighting used was a combination of the Yeti Solar Light Passage Light the Yeti Solar Light Passage Timer and the Pullet Shut Automatic Coop Door This particular system was chosen because of the included broad spectrum LED light that came close to mimicking sunlight Morgan said that the artificial lighting system is economical for producers costing about 40 to add to a chicken coop The breakeven point is around the eighth week of production for producers with roughly 10 hens in coop Pasture raised eggs easily sell for 6 per dozen in northeast Texas during the fall and winter at local farmers markets Therefore for this economic analysis the value of one egg is estimated at 50 cents said Morgan The weekly egg laying rate of pasture raised

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Artificial-Light-Sources-in-Chicken-Houses-Increase-Egg-Laying-in-Hens-During-Fall-and-Winter (2016-05-01)
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  • Breeding Organic Corn Varieties to Resist GMO Contamination
    University of Tennessee In a three year Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE funded project researchers crossed white and yellow Tennessee corn lines with genetic stocks that contain a cross pollinator inhibitor gene The result is the development of 6 corn hybrids that can be potentially used by organic growers to lessen the risk of GMO contamination A single GMO corn plant commonly produces more than two million pollen grains which may be carried more than a half mile by wind This long distance cross pollination can result in GMO contamination of the grain of non GMO varieties said Dennis West a professor with the Department of Plant Sciences Production of corn varieties that have the cross sterility allele will reduce the risk of cross contamination This will prevent economic loss to organic and other producers who target the non GMO corn market In the SSARE project LS12 253 Breeding Organic Corn Varieties to Resist GMO Contamination Tennessee elite corn lines T175 T177 T274 and T276 were crossed to corn lines obtained from the National Plant Germplasm System NPGS with a cross sterility allele Ga1s An allele is an alternative form of a gene and can be dominant or recessive The allele Ga1s was identified in corn as early as 1926 The allele prevents fertilization by pollen of corn varieties that do not carry the allele A homozygous or pure GMO resistant corn line center developed by the University of Tennessee All three ears were pollinated with pollen from a plant that produces purple seed The following day all three ears were self pollinated with their own pollen At maturity the plants that produced purple seed were discarded because they were not homozygous for the Ga1s gene The ear with only yellow seed was saved for further research because it was homozygous for the Ga1s gene Photo credit Dennis West University of Tennessee All of the commercial field corn hybrids marketed in the U S carry the recessive form of the allele which is inactive on the silks of Ga1s plants said West We wanted to breed the dominant form of the gene into white and yellow grained public hybrids with the idea that the grain produced on Ga1s hybrids will be the result of pollination by plants that have the Ga1s gene and grain on Ga1s hybrids grown in the same field as non Ga1s GMO hybrids will be free of the GMO contamination In the study once the first cross was made the following generations were backcrossed to the recurrent parent This method required that individual plants from a segregating population be self pollinated and cross tested to a Ga1s tester to identify plants that had the Ga1s allele Crosses that produced seed on the Ga1s tester were positive for the Ga1s allele and in the next generation progeny of those plants were backcrossed to the recurrent parent line We identified plants from each elite Tennessee line that carried two of the same Ga1s allele said West Three

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Breeding-Organic-Corn-Varieties-to-Resist-GMO-Contamination (2016-05-01)
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  • 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 News and Media Press Releases SSARE and Fort Valley State University Offering Book Scholarship in Memory of News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo SSARE and Fort Valley State University Offering Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 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 SSARE and Fort Valley State University Offering Book Scholarship in Memory of James Hill Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 03 25 2016 GRIFFIN Georgia The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE program and Fort Valley State University are offering a book scholarship to Fort Valley State University students in memory of university alumnus and SSARE representative James Hill The James Harrison Hill Sr Book Scholarship provides a 500 award to a needs based student attending Fort Valley State University in the College of Agriculture Family Sciences and Technology The student must exhibit an interest in sustainable agriculture The award is in the form of a credit at the FVSU bookstore to provide students with assistance in purchasing textbooks For a college student with limited means help is often available for tuition and other fees However little funding is available to help offset the ever increasing costs of textbooks said Jeff Jordan director of the SSARE program at the University of Georgia The James Harrison Hill Sr Book Scholarship will help a Fort Valley State University student follow the path that James embarked on as a graduate of FVSU About James Hill James was an alumnus at Fort Valley State University who graduated with a degree in Agronomy Originally from South Carolina James worked at South Carolina State University as an agriculture marketing specialist an agriculture program coordinator and a water quality program manager before coming to the SARE program in 2004 As the organization s limited resource and minority outreach specialist based at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley GA James was the link between SARE and 1890 Land Grant efforts To the small farmer he was a mentor tirelessly guiding those hungry for sustainable agriculture To ag professionals he was a teacher delivering the best of the SARE program across the South ern region To colleagues he was a leader whose hard work leadership and dedication lifted him on a pedestal of respect James work with farmers researchers and students throughout the South

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/SSARE-and-Fort-Valley-State-University-Offering-Book-Scholarship-in-Memory-of-James-Hill (2016-05-01)
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  • of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home News and Media Press Releases News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Nominations for Southern SARE Administrative Co Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 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 Nominations for Southern SARE Administrative Council Producer Member Requested Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 03 09 2016 GRIFFIN Georgia The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SSARE program is seeking nominations of a producer experienced with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace an outgoing Administrative Council member Producer members are directly involved in setting the goals of the Southern SARE program Two producer seats will be filled Producer nominations from all 13 states in the southern region Puerto Rico and the U S Virgin Islands will be considered The Administrative Council AC is the governing body of the Southern SARE program and is made up of seven producers three NGO representatives one agribusiness representative one quality of life representative and a number of 1862 1890 federal and state governmental agency representatives All AC members are members of standing committees which may meet or communicate through conference calls to decide policy issues related to SSARE The Administrative Council depends on outstanding nominees that you and your colleagues from across the region may put forward We strongly encourage you to invest the effort required to advance good nominees Administrative Council members serve a three year term Duties of the AC include attending AC meetings twice a year in February and August Each meeting is expected to last two days Duties also include a significant commitment of time twice a year for reviewing grant proposals during the month or two prior to the AC meetings More information on the duties of an Administrative Council member can be found in our Administrative Council Handbook Criteria for Administrative Council appointment include the following Run your own farm regardless of size alone or with family or partners Proven experience in sustainable agriculture Demonstrated ability and willingness to help address sustainable agriculture needs and methods and Ability to work effectively as a member of a team dealing with contemporary issues facing agriculture Council membership will be balanced with respect to geographic location gender race and farm type If you are interested in applying or nominating someone for a position on the SSARE AC please send us your their name email address postal address phone number and the AC position applied for Within two or three days we will send you them an invitation to apply for a position and the

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Nominations-for-Southern-SARE-Administrative-Council-Producer-Member-Requested3 (2016-05-01)
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  • 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 News and Media Press Releases 2016 Southern SARE Producer Grants Funded News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 2016 Southern SARE Producer Grants Funded Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 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 2016 Southern SARE Producer Grants Funded Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 03 01 2016 Southern SARE has funded Producer Grants for FY2016 including a project on dairy goats Southern SARE archives GRIFFIN Georgia Over 70 000 in grants from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SARE program has been funded for farmers to further sustainable agriculture production practices throughout the Southern region Topics including wildflowers to boost fruit yield in apple orchards analyzing baby ginger as a profitable crop evaluating winter squash for downy mildew resistance and using sericea lespedeza to boost goat milk production are among the Producer Grants funded for FY2016 The Producer Grants are strictly for farmers and ranchers to conduct research projects on their farm to not only solve production and marketing challenges but to also share their results with fellow farmers in an education and outreach capacity Southern SARE 2016 Producer Grants funded include FS16 287 Retro fitting an Existing Orchard 9 837 Virginia Marianne Cicala cricketscove mail com FS16 288 Modified Method for Roller Crimper No till System in the Southeast Coastal Plain 8 327 South Carolina Mary Connor marymerrickconner gmail com FS16 289 Analyzing Baby Ginger as a Profitable Crop through Organic Certification and Value added Processing 9 978 Virginia William Crenshaw William swva net FS16 290 Measuring the Benefits of Wildflower Plots to Boost Fruit Yield and Pollinator Abundance in Georgia Apple Orchards 10 000 Georgia Joe Dickey captsilverking aol com FS16 291 Winter Squash Evaluation and Improvement for Downey Mildew Resistance and Fruit Quality 14 862 Virginia Edmund Frost Edmund twinoaks org FS16 292 Comparing Methods for No till Lespedeza Pasture Establishment Virginia Gail Hobbs Page cheese caromontfarm com FS16 293 Dairy Goat Study Sericea lespedeza a cost effective way to boost milk production 8 955 Louisiana Tiffany Lockhart farmhousemercantile yahoo com Producer Grants are one of six grant opportunities offered by Southern SARE Learn more about Producer Grants on the Southern SARE website and

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  • Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home News and Media Press Releases On Farm Research Grant Awards Announced for FY2016 News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo On Farm Research Grant Awards Announced for FY2016 Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo 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 Grant Awards Announced for FY2016 Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 03 01 2016 Southern SARE has funded On Farm Research Grants for FY2016 including several projects on cover crops Southern SARE archives GRIFFIN Georgia Cover crop influence on soil water availability using flowering plants on strawberry field edges to enhance natural enemies and getting to the bottom of peach disorders are just some of the On Farm Research Grants funded for FY2016 by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SSARE program On Farm Research Grants are one of six grant opportunities offered by Southern SARE to promote sustainable agriculture practices across the Southern region On Farm Research Grants are specifically for Extension agents Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel university researchers and non governmental organizations that conduct on farm research with one or more farmer rancher collaborators Research results are designed to help the farmers they work with find solutions to various agricultural production issues Total funding for the projects is 117 772 The 2016 On Farm Research Grants funded include OS16 093 Increasing Sustainability of Peanut Cotton and Soybean Production Systems through Innovative Interseeding Technology to Enhance Farm Profit and Reduce Pest Occurrence 14 990 Dan Anco Clemson University danco clemson edu OS16 094 Fruit Bagging as a Strategy to Reduce Reliance on Pesticides for the Production of Peaches in the Southeast 14 967 Juan Carlos Melgar Clemson University jmelgar clemson edu OS16 095 Deep Soil Profile Sampling of Nitrate for Residual Nitrogen Credit in Winter Wheat Texas Blacklands 15 000 Jake Mowrer Texas A M University jake mowrer tamu edu OS16 096 Cover Crop Influence on Stored Soil Water Availability to Subsequent Crops 14 995 Sruthi Narayanan Clemson University skutty clemson edu OS16 097 Brassicaceous Cover Crops to Reduce Root Knot Nematode and Improve Soil Quality in Protected Tomato Production Systems 14 990 Emily Pfeufer University of Kentucky epf222 uky edu OS16 098 Using Flowering Plants on Strawberry Field Edges to Enhance Natural Enemies and Pollinators and Improve Pest Control and Fruit Quality 14 996 Justin Renkema University of Florida Justin renkema ufl edu OS16 099 Alternative Substrate for Soilless Production of Vegetables 12 834 Shubin Saha University of Kentucky shubin saha uky edu OS16 100 Getting to the Bottom of Bronzing a Peach Skin Disorder Causing

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