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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 Pollinator Short Course Coming to Virginia Nov 20 News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Pollinator Short Course Coming to Virginia Nov 20 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 Pollinator Short Course Coming to Virginia Nov 20 Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 10 01 2014 GRIFFIN Georgia The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will hold a Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course in Virginia November 20 Funded by a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE Professional Development Program PDP Grant the Pollinator Conservation Short Courses draw attention to declining populations of pollinators and promote conservation by helping to protect their natural habitats The short course will take place at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center 29300 Lankford Highway Melfa VA The program will run from 9 a m until 4 p m The content of the course is tailored to the needs of Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation District personnel Cooperative Extension and

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Pollinator-Short-Course-Coming-to-Virginia-Nov.-20 (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 Native Warm Season Grasses Diversify Livestock Grazing Support Biodiversity News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Native Warm Season Grasses Diversify Livestock 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 Warm Season Grasses Diversify Livestock Grazing Support Biodiversity Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 09 26 2014 Native warm season grasses provide habitat for the Dickcissel a sparrow like grassland bird Photo credit Adrian Monroe MISSISSIPPI STATE Mississippi Native warm season grasses excel over more traditional commercial grass varieties when it comes to grazing livestock and promoting wildlife conservation based on the results of a two year Mississippi State University agroecology study The study funded by a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE Graduate Student grant compared native warm season forages an Indian grass monoculture and an Indian grass big bluestem and little bluesteam polyculture to a bermudagrass tall fescue mix to determine whether converting bermudagrass tall fescue to native warm season grasses is economical for livestock producers interested in conservation practices MSU graduate student Adrian Monroe found that native warm season grasses yielded higher forage quality than the bermudagrass tall fescue mix Average daily weight gain of livestock grazing on the bermudagrass tall fescue mix was 32 percent lower the first year of study and 40 percent lower the second year of study compared to the native warm season grasses The crude protein was higher in the bermudagrass tall fescue mix but that might be in response to higher fertilizer rates said Monroe Dry matter yield was higher among native grass pastures specifically the Indian grass monoculture which means we got greater productivity with the native grass pastures Monroe who is now pursuing a post doctorate at Colorado State University said that establishment costs of native warm season grasses 8 9 times greater than the initial maintenance cost for bermudagrass may turn off many livestock producers However the study revealed that average daily weight gain of cattle on native warm season grasses particularly for the Indian grass monoculture yielded up to 36 percent marginal rates of return In other words for every 1 invested in native warm season grass establishment producers would recoup their investment plus 36 cents in additional revenue over a bermudagrass tall fescue grazing system said Monroe In addition to native warm season grasses serving as a viable grazing alternative researchers found that Indian grass big bluestem and little bluestem provide favorable habitat for breeding birds such as the Dickcissel a sparrow like grassland bird We saw an increase in nest

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Native-Warm-Season-Grasses-Diversify-Livestock-Grazing-Support-Biodiversity (2016-05-01)
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  • History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home News and Media Press Releases Graduate Student Sustainable Agriculture Projects for FY2014 Announced News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Graduate Student Sustainable Agriculture Projec 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 Graduate Student Sustainable Agriculture Projects for FY2014 Announced Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 09 15 2014 Finding ways to control spotted wing Drosophila is just one sustainable ag project that has been funded through the Graduate Student Grant program for FY2014 Photo credit University of Florida GRIFFIN Georgia The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE program has announced the funded projects for the 2014 Graduate Student Grants program The SSARE Administrative Council recently funded 13 projects totaling 129 765 The Graduate Student Grants program is one of the few sustainable agriculture research funding opportunities open to Master s and PhD students enrolled at accredited institutions throughout the Southern region The projects awarded for FY2014 include GS14 127 Controlling Squash Bugs Anasa tristis Using Cover Crops and Organic Insecticides 2 436 University of Georgia Lindsay Davies Lndavies uga edu GS14 128 Assessment of Beneficial Microorganisms Trichoderma Actinomycetes and Bacillus in Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation ASD 10 993 University of Tennessee Utsala Shrestha utsala utk edu GS14 129 Potential Use of Seeded Peanuts as Warm Season Legumes in the U S Southern Coastal Plains 10 687 University of Florida Edwin Mozley lawsonmozley ufl edu GS14 130 Acoustic Analysis A Novel Way to Measure Livestock Grazing Behavior 10 981 Virginia Tech Gabriel Pent gpent vt edu GS14 131 Making Pest Management More Sustainable in Cucurbit Production 10 922 Virginia Tech James Wilson jamesmw3 vt edu GS14 132 Production of a Conditional Sterile Male Strain for the Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila 10 890 North Carolina State University Fu Chyun Chu fchu ncsu edu GS14 133 Effects of Simulated and Insect Herbivory on Total and Protein Percipitable Phenolic Concentrations of Two Legumes 9 040 Tarleton State University Tiana Blackmon tiana blackmon go tarlenton edu GS14 134 Effect of Nematode Suppression Using Cover Crops Resistant to Nematodes on Peanut Production 10 429 University of Florida Lin Xing lxing ufl edu GS14 135 Identifying Regionally Adapted Winter Pea and Faba Bean Genotypes that Maximize Grain and Cover Cropping Potential 10 957 North Carolina State University Rachel Atwell raatwell ncsu edu GS14 136 Sustainable Management of High Tunnel Organic Vegetable Production with Short Season Winter Cover Crops 10 951 University of Arkansas Luke Freeman lfreeman uark edu GS14 137 Impacts of Land Use Intensification on Soil Organic Carbon Stocks Soil Carbon Fractions and Microbial

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Graduate-Student-Sustainable-Agriculture-Projects-for-FY2014-Announced (2016-05-01)
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  • 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 Southern SARE Producer Grant Calls for Proposals Released News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Southern SARE Producer Grant Calls for Proposal 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 Southern SARE Producer Grant Calls for Proposals Released Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 09 04 2014 GRIFFIN Georgia The Calls for Proposals for the 2014 Producer Grants intended for farmers ranchers and farmer rancher organizations throughout the Southern region are now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE program Proposal submission deadline is 11 59 p m EST on Nov 17 2014 Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2015 Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project Producer grants are not designed to pay a farmer to farm buy livestock equipment or land make permanent farm improvements or support private enterprises through capital investments Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants designed to take some of the financial risk

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Southern-SARE-Producer-Grant-Calls-for-Proposals-Released (2016-05-01)
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  • 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 Southern SARE On Farm Research Grant Calls for Proposals Released News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Southern SARE On Farm Research Grant Calls for 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 Southern SARE On Farm Research Grant Calls for Proposals Released Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 09 04 2014 GRIFFIN Georgia The Calls for Proposals for the 2014 On Farm Research Grants intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region have been released by the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE program Proposal submission deadline is 11 59 p m EST on Nov 17 2014 Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2015 Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Conservation Service universities NGOs and government and non government organizations who regularly work with farmers ranchers are invited to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on farm research in sustainable agriculture Applicants must work with at least one farmer rancher on the project to conduct on farm research in sustainable agriculture The On Farm Research Grants are not intended for farmers

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/Southern-SARE-On-Farm-Research-Grant-Calls-for-Proposals-Released (2016-05-01)
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  • Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home News and Media Press Releases Biocontrol Methods for Protecting Honeybees Against Pests News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Biocontrol Methods for Protecting Honeybees Aga 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 Biocontrol Methods for Protecting Honeybees Against Pests Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 08 12 2014 Treating honeybee hives to control the small hive beetle Photo courtesy of Florida A M University TALLAHASSEE Florida Research from Florida A M University has found that fungal pathogens can effectively and economically control the small hive beetle Aethina tumida an invasive pest of honeybees while maintaining colony health The results pave the way for more environmentally friendly biological controls in a pest management program Through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE Graduate Student Grant Saundra Wheeler studied the affects of entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae as a means of controlling the small hive beetle She found that colonies treated with the fungus provided a various degree of control of small hive beetle populations during the course of the experiments compared to the control The small hive beetle has played a major role in the substantial loss of honeybee colonies over the past several years said Wheeler Adults are long lived surviving up to 181 days and females may lay up to 2 000 eggs in their lifetime Research has found that this pest can produce up to five generations per year The larvae feed on honey pollen and live brood and tunnel and pierce wax combs The rapid spread and high reproductive potential of the small hive beetle make it a serious threat of apiculture said Wheeler In addition the small hive beetle is a vector of honeybee viruses which makes it an even greater threat Wheeler said that current research focuses on biological control options as an alternative to insecticides Metarhizium anisopliae has been used to effectively control other beetle species so this fungus could provide new avenues for an environmentally sound management of small hive beetle populations she said In addition the fungus is harmless to honeybee colonies In the SSARE project Efficacy of Entomopathogenic Fungi in Controlling the Small Hive Beetle A destructive and invasive pest of honeybee colonies GS11 100 Wheeler treated small hive beetles in honeybee colonies with 10 g of Metarhizium 3020 and 2 g of Metarhizium 5680 fungal spores She found that both provided a various degree of control of small hive beetle populations during the course of the experiments compared to the control Colonies treated with Metarhizium

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  • 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 Students Conduct Sustainable Ag Research through SSARE Youth Grants Program News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Students Conduct Sustainable Ag Research throug 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 Students Conduct Sustainable Ag Research through SSARE Youth Grants Program Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 08 08 2014 Texas A M University petroleum engineering major William Tarpley learns how the gas sampling equipment works as part of his internship experience conducting sustainable ag research on organic rice fields Photo credit Texas A M University GRIFFIN Georgia A group of undergraduate college students got the opportunity to help further sustainable agriculture research and education through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE youth grants program The Young Scholar Enhancement Grants Program is an extension of SSARE s Research Education Grants that allows youth to partner with researchers on SSARE funded projects to participate in sustainable agriculture research Olivia Caillouet an undergraduate horticulture student at University of Arkansas Photo credt University of Arkansas Many of the SSARE funded projects are ideally suited for student internship mentoring opportunities The goal of the program is to engage youth in the collegiate process and encourage pursuit of college degrees emphasizing sustainable agriculture The first Young Scholar Enhancement Grants were awarded in 2013 Grant recipients for 2014 included LS11 241 Enhancing Natural Enemy Systems Biocontrol Implementation for Peachtree Borers Rashaad Culver a senior at Fort Valley State University majoring in Biology The goal was to develop a non toxic formulation to protect beneficial insect killing nematodes from ultraviolet radiation and or desiccation to enhance efficacy in suppression of the lesser peachtree borer and other insects that attack crops aboveground In the project Culver studied concentration rates of Barricade gel and found that the formulation used at a rate of two percent effectively protects entomopathogenic nematodes from harmful environmental conditions LS12 248 Quantifying the Multiplier Effect What Sustainable Local Food Systems Can Mean to Local Communities this project will be completed in the Fall LS12 249 Improving Soil Quality to Increase Yield and Reduce Diseases in Organic Rice Production William Tarpley Texas A M University petroleum engineering major Tarpley conducted research in organic rice fields that involved water sampling to measure the amount of dissolved organic compounds as well as the pH of the sample water In addition he took gas samples to measure the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted by rice plants By participating in the project Tarpley gained knowledge about

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  • 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 North Carolina Land Trust Helping Beginning Farmers in an Effort that Blends Conservation with Sustainable Ag Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 07 24 2014 Allison Kiehl with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy shows a display of how one can balance sustainable farming and environmental conservation Photo credit Southern SARE ALEXANDER North Carolina Over 100 acres of gently rolling grazing land woodlands and stream corridors just outside of Asheville NC is the site of an educational effort spearheaded by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy that combines environmental conservation with agriculture using sustainable ag practices The program known as the Community Farm Food Project Access to land livelihood and learning was funded in part through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SSARE Sustainable Community Innovation Grant The idea behind the project is to blend conservation and agriculture and demonstrate how they can function together on one piece of land said Allison Kiehl farmland stewardship and sustainability director of the SAHC The main component of the effort is the Beginning Farmer Incubator a program that provides beginning farmers with temporary access to land equipment and infrastructure at reduced rates as well as training to help prepare them for successful farm management and ownership Over 35 acres have been set aside for farmers interested in a wide variety of agricultural endeavors all of which need to have a sustainable ag focus Members of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy From left to right Carl Silverstein Yael Girard and Allison Kiehl Photo credit Southern SARE It s giving small scale beginning farmers the opportunity to access land equipment resources and financial connections they wouldn t otherwise have to get started in an ag business all the while filling the gap left by those retiring and keeping farmland in this area viable and productive said Yael Girard SAHC community farm and food assistant Farmers who are chosen can stay in the program for up to five years SAHC requires two years of farming experience a written business plan the commitment to grow products with ecologically sound practices the ability to work a minimum of 20 hours a week on the farm a commitment to help collectively maintain the farm site and a willingness to work collaboratively with staff and other participant farmers In exchange farmers receive support training and tools to help them manage successful farm business on their own So far SAHC staff has enrolled one farmer into the program who is managing two acres of cut flowers for the local farmers markets and area retailers The farmer s ultimate goal is to market to area bridal markets The remaining 60 acres of the land SAHC is managing have been set aside as an educational tool showcasing a variety of

    Original URL path: http://www.southernsare.org/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/North-Carolina-Land-Trust-Helping-Beginning-Farmers-in-an-Effort-that-Blends-Conservation-with-Sustainable-Ag (2016-05-01)
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