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  • 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 Releases 2017 Research Education Grants Call for Proposals News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Southern SARE Releases 2017 Research Educ 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 Releases 2017 Research Education Grants Call for Proposals Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 03 07 2016 GRIFFIN Georgia The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE program has released its Call for Proposals for the 2017 Research Education Grants program The organization is accepting pre proposals for projects that focus on sustainable agriculture based on a systems approach to research that aims to understand how complex systems function as a whole often beginning with a conceptual model Download the Call for Proposals to follow the guidelines for writing and submitting the grant application The deadline for submitting pre proposals is 5 p m EST June 3 2016 If selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in August Grants will be announced in February of 2017 The objective of the SARE program is to enable farmers and ranchers to move profitably toward production systems compatible with the goal of sustainable agriculture including

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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

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  • Program Grants Now Being Accepted News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Professional Development Program Grants Now Bei 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 Professional Development Program Grants Now Being Accepted Candace Pollock cpollock SPAMFILTER uga edu 03 07 2016 GRIFFIN Georgia The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research Education SARE Call for Pre proposals for the Professional Development Program PDP Grants is now open The Professional Development Program is a train the trainer program providing funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents USDA field personnel and other ag professionals and educators in areas of sustainable agriculture production practices Training activities may include seminars workshops farm tours on farm demonstrations or the marketing and distributing of training materials Activities may take place in a single state multiple states or throughout the entire Southern region The deadline for the Call for Pre proposals is 11 59 p m EST on June 3 2016 Download the Call for Proposal and carefully read the application instructions All of the guidelines program goals review criteria and the submission process to apply for a Southern SARE Professional Development Program Grant will be found within the Call for Proposal Failure to follow the submission guidelines may result in the rejection of your proposal To be considered for funding a project must meet the following two criteria Project outcomes must focus on developing sustainable agriculture systems or moving existing

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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

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  • Alabama
    SARE Event Calendar Southern Region Cover Crops Conference National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home SARE in Your State Alabama SARE in Your State Alabama Plan of Work State News Resources SARE Grant Projects Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Alabama Alabama Plan of Work State News Resources SARE Grant Projects Arkansas Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Can t find something Ask or send feedback SARE s mission is to advance to the whole of American agriculture innovations that improve profitability stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education SARE s vision is Alabama Alabama SARE SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Alabama Alabama Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary pdf The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight a breakdown of funding by SARE project type and the total funding for the state since 1988 This is a colorful 2 pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed Competitive Grants List pdf The grants list describes each grant in the state by title project leader and funding level For further information about any grant in the list go to SARE Projects and search by the project number or title Plan of Work The SARE program at Auburn University was initiated in 2012 with a new plan

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  • Arkansas
    News and Media Press Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Events Southern SARE Event Calendar Southern Region Cover Crops Conference National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home SARE in Your State Arkansas SARE in Your State Alabama Arkansas Plan of Work State News SARE Funded Projects Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Arkansas Alabama Arkansas Plan of Work State News SARE Funded Projects Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Can t find something Ask or send feedback SARE s mission is to advance to the whole of American agriculture innovations that improve profitability stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education SARE s vision is Arkansas SARE Grants in Arkansas SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Arkansas Arkansas Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary pdf The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight a breakdown of funding by SARE project type and the total funding for the state since 1988 This is a colorful 2 pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed Competitive Grants List pdf The grants list describes each grant in the state by title project leader and funding level For further information about any grant in the list go to SARE Projects and

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

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  • Georgia
    Releases Common Ground Newsletter Index Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Social Media Media Toolkit Southern SARE Logo Events Southern SARE Event Calendar Southern Region Cover Crops Conference National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture History of SSARE Advisory Leadership Contact SSARE AC State Coordinator Tools SARE Travel Home SARE in Your State Georgia SARE in Your State Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Plan of Work State News SARE Funded Projects Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Georgia Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Plan of Work State News SARE Funded Projects Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee Texas U S Virgin Islands Virginia Can t find something Ask or send feedback SARE s mission is to advance to the whole of American agriculture innovations that improve profitability stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education SARE s vision is Georgia SARE Grants in Georgia SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Georgia Georgia Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary pdf The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight a breakdown of funding by SARE project type and the total funding for the state since 1988 This is a colorful 2 pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed Competitive Grants List pdf The grants list describes each grant in the state by title project leader and funding level For further information about any grant in the list go to SARE Projects and search by the project

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