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  • News and Media Press Releases Survey Shows Expanded Acreage and Yield Boost from Cover Crops News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Survey Shows Expanded Acreage and Yield Boost f 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 Survey Shows Expanded Acreage and Yield Boost from Cover Crops Andy Zieminski SARE Communications Manager communications SPAMFILTER sare org 07 22 2015 Roller crimper terminating cover crops SARE photo archives For the third year in a row a national survey of farmers has shown that cover crops improve corn and soybean yields while providing a host of other benefits The survey of more than 1 200 farmers revealed that cover crops boosted 2014 corn yields by an average of 3 7 bushels per acre 2 1 percent and soybeans by 2 2 bushels per acre 4 2 percent Cover crop acreage per farm more than doubled over the past five years Download the full survey report Reports from previous cover crop surveys are also online The survey was conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center CTIC with funding from USDA s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE program and the American Seed Trade Association ASTA While the survey showed yield increases among growers who use cover crops they are interested in more than the yield benefit The three most cited benefits of using cover crops were increased soil health 22 percent increased organic matter 20 percent reduced soil erosion 15 percent This shows a strong appreciation for the wide range of long term benefits cover crops deliver says Chad Watts CTIC program director Increasing acreage of cover crops The survey also provided insight into why growers use or do not use cover crops Growers cited the top challenges to growing cover crops as establishment 22 percent cover crop seed cost 20 percent time and labor required for planting and managing cover crops 19 percent The survey provides powerful insight on the role of markets and financial programs in influencing cover crop decisions Nearly three quarters of the cover crop users in the survey said commodity prices have little or no influence on whether they plant cover crops says Rob Myers regional director of Extension programs for North Central Region SARE Many people speculate that low corn and soybean prices would stall the growth of cover crops but the farmers in the survey are telling us and demonstrating that the benefits of cover crops outweigh lower commodity price considerations On the other hand 92 percent of the farmers who do not currently plant cover crops say economic incentives would somewhat or always influence cover crop adoption These

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  • 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 News and Media Press Releases SARE Develops Bulletin on Cover Crops News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo SARE Develops Bulletin on Cover Crops 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 SARE Develops Bulletin on Cover Crops Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 07 22 2015 GRIFFIN Georgia The Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SARE program has developed a bulletin on cover crops as a companion to its Cover Crop Topic Room to educate farmers and ag professionals on the benefits of using cover crops in sustainable production practices Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations PDF download covers such topics as selection and management economics establishment soil and fertility management crop rotations and water management In a multi year survey of farmers conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center CTIC with funding from SARE and the American Seed Trade Association ASTA cover crops improve crop yields specifically corn and soybeans

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  • 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 Native Bees of the Southeast Represented in New Website News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Native Bees of the Southeast Represented in New 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 Native Bees of the Southeast Represented in New Website Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 07 22 2015 Bombus griseocollis brown belted bumble bee on an apple bloom Photo credit Nick Stewart Georgia Gwinnett College LAWRENCEVILLE Georgia Researchers with Georgia Gwinnett College have compiled an impressive list of over 20 000 bee specimens and counting in the Southeast and have made the information available on a new website for those interested in bee identification and bee pollination services Through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE On Farm Research grants Nick Stewart has been surveying native bee species in north Georgia apple orchards for several years for the purpose of documenting what bees are present in the Southeast The survey is part of a larger research project to determine which native bee species could serve as adequate pollination sources for apples and other crops when honeybees are not able to carry the workload Nick Stewart a taxonomist with Georgia Gwinnett College identifies bees Southern SARE archives Thanks to the continuing support from the USDA SSARE we ve managed to put together a little source of easily digestible and hopefully useful information on the major groups of native bees in the Southeast said Stewart project designer lead researcher and primary taxonomist at Georgia Gwinnett College It s specifically designed for farmers gardeners government specialists horticulturalists or anyone who might be interested in these splendid creatures but may be lacking in technical knowledge The website Bees of Georgia lists over 20 000 bees representing nearly 200 species and includes information on species identification abundance and phenology data as well as colorful photographs Bee groups identified include bumblebees carpenter bees cuckoo bees leaf cutter bees mason bees mining bees squash bees and sweat bees Stewart has been surveying collecting and identifying bees since 2010 That list currently on the website is only the data collected from 2010 2011 Once we get all of the information online it will ultimately be the most comprehensive source of native bee diversity for the Southeast said Stewart Six years of season long sampling has yielded a collection of just over 38 000 native bees to date Mark Schlueter professor of

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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 SSARE Seeking Producer Nominations for Administrative Council News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo SSARE Seeking Producer Nominations for Administ 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 Seeking Producer Nominations for Administrative Council Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 06 22 2015 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 One producer seat 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 meeting 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

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  • 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 Artificial Nest Sites Boost Native Bees in Apple Orchards Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 06 03 2015 A mining bee on an apple flower Photo by Mark Schlueter LAWRENCEVILLE Georgia Researchers with Georgia Gwinnett College have found that creating artificial nesting sites for native bees helps to increase their abundance a boon for producers looking to native bee species to pollinate their crops For several years zoologist and project coordinator Mark Schlueter and taxonomist Nick Stewart have been surveying native bees in north Georgia apple orchards as alternative pollinators to the honeybee They found that the native mining bee followed by mason bees bumblebees and carpenter bees serve as primary pollinators for apple blossoms The research has been conducted through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE On Farm Research grants In their latest project OS13 074 Enhancement of Native Bee Pollination Services in Apple Orchards in Georgia preliminary data showed promising results in boosting mining bee and mason bee populations in apple orchards by providing artificial habitat enrichments for nesting By establishing a strong network of native bees in Georgia agriculture we can make Georgia agriculture more secure and sustainable said Schlueter In addition an increase in reliance on native bees means that farmers will spend less money on pollination services that will increase farmer profits and potentially reduce food costs for the general public In the study the researchers created nesting sites for the mining bee and the mason bee A mining bee at the entrance of the communal nest that she shares with other females Photo by Nicholas Stewart To increase mining bee populations four trenches about 12 inches deep and 10 feet long were dug near several apple orchards An 18 inch tall hill mixed with native soil and sand was created next to the trench Mining bees prefer patches of soil in which to dig tunnels for their habitat and a place to brood their young said Schlueter Based on previous studies this raised bare soil and trench combination should attract the mining bees Two trenches were placed at opposite sides of the sampling plot in each orchard On one side cherry trees and bushes that bloom before apple trees were added around the trenches as an additional food source For the control no trees or bushes were added At each orchard significant nesting took place in the trenches said Stewart Both mining bees and sweat bees were observed nesting In addition nesting frequency was more than double on average in floral enrichment trenches compared to the control group To increase mason bee populations the researchers placed four nesting boxes in the orchards The centers of the boxes contained a large section of tubes that

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  • 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 Topic Room SARE resources on pollinators News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Topic Room SARE resources on pollinators 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 Topic Room SARE resources on pollinators Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 05 18 2015 Honeybee on flower carrying full load of pollen on hind legs GRIFFIN Georgia The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE program has developed a topic room that includes a collection of educational materials on pollinators such as honeybees and native bees from decades of SARE funded research Pollinators Southern Region Resources on Honeybees Native Bees and Alternative Pollinators covers educational resources on pollinators for those interested in pest and disease management beekeeping practices bee breeding habitat development and incorporating bees in sustainable production practices The educational materials include project products developed out of SARE funded research press releases videos photos bulletins fact sheets and more The topic room also allows users to dig deeper into grant funded projects through

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  • 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 SSARE NGO Nominations for Administrative Council Extended News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo SSARE NGO Nominations for Administrative Counci 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 NGO Nominations for Administrative Council Extended Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 05 14 2015 GRIFFIN Georgia The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SSARE program is seeking nominations of non governmental organization NGO representatives with expertise in sustainable agriculture to replace outgoing Administrative Council members NGO members are directly involved in deciding the future of research and education of the Southern SARE program One NGO seat will be filled NGO representative nominations from all 13 states in the Southern Region Puerto Rico and the US Virgin islands will be considered The Administrative Council 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 part of standing committees which may meet or communicate through e mail and conference calls to decide policy issues related to SSARE The Administrative Council depends on outstanding nominees that are put forward across the region We strongly encourage those interested to invest the effort required to advance good nominees Council members serve a three year term Duties of the Administrative Council include a commitment to reviewing grant proposals and attending council meetings twice a year February and August Each meeting is expected to last two days More information on the duties of an Administrative Council member can be found on our website Click on Administrative Council Handbook Criteria for Administrative Council appointment include the following 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 commodity representation sex and race 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

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  • 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 Net Houses Help Farmers in the Fight Against Pests News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Net Houses Help Farmers in the Fight Against Pe 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 Net Houses Help Farmers in the Fight Against Pests Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 04 14 2015 GRIFFIN Georgia For producers seeking to reduce their pesticide applications practice Integrated Pest Management or transition to organic production a new technology is emerging across the Southeast that allows farmers to more effectively manage pests in high tunnels A new bulletin produced by Alabama Cooperative Extension and supported by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE program provides preliminary research data and field observations on shade cloths a physical barrier that is designed to reduce pest pressure on vegetables and other crops Some popular pest exclusion tactics include the use of floating row covers for protection against flying insects bagging fruits and installing metallic collars around transplants to protect them from cutworms and armyworms said bulletin author Ayanava Majumdar an Alabama Cooperative Extension IPM specialist In these cases a barrier is created between the insect pest and the host plant for short term protection Will Mastin of Local Appetite Growers in Silverhill AL stands inside a high tunnel modified with 50 percent shade cloth on the sidewalls to exclude insect pests Photo credit Alabama Cooperative Extension With shade cloths however a more permanent barrier system is created around the high tunnels Also known as net houses these sealed structures installed on the sidewalls and endwalls of a high tunnel are designed to exclude pests while supporting beneficial insect populations said Majumdar who also serves as a Southern SARE state ag coordinator for Alabama High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System A novel strategy for organic crop production in the South provides information on net house designs cost effectiveness system recommendations and research results on net houses both in the lab and in the field In addition the bulletin includes farmer experiences using net houses in Alabama The information is provided in part through the results of a Southern SARE funded Producer Grant FS13 275 Insect Exclusion Using

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