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  • Western Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course
    participants could directly benefit pollinators on 33 000 acres of land A core curriculum on pollinator conservation planning in agricultural landscapes was created and included modules on the importance of bees their decline and conservation threats native bee ecology pollinator habitat assessment bee safe farm management pollinator habitat restoration and financial and technical support from USDA conservation programs and personnel Wherever possible the Short Course curriculum was supplemented by presentations from conservation experts based in each individual state An open lab period to observe pinned native bee specimens native bee materials and informational displays enhanced the classroom component Outdoor field components were also incorporated as possible The conclusion of each Short Course included a discussion of local technical and financial resources to support the independent ongoing efforts of workshop participants What was Learned Mader and the Xerces Society leveraged additional funds to provide 25 Short Courses in 13 states adding trainings in California and Oregon to the original list Their specific target originally was 200 participants they greatly surpassed this target by reaching 1 000 participants averaging 40 participants per course The extra funds allowed for multiple trainings in some states Participants included staff from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Soil and Water Conservation Districts SWCD Certified Crop Advisors the USDA Farm Service Agency FSA and Extension personnel as well as farm organizations and individual farmers Participants answered survey questions immediately after the Short Course and then again one year after the training Results from these surveys demonstrated increased awareness of pollinator population trends and specific practices to conserve these vital insects In the year since participants attended the Short Course 95 of respondents reported that they had utilized the information they learned at the training Participants utilized the information in the following ways providing additional habitat 71 in education and outreach programs to their peers 60 assisted others farmer peers in implementing pollinator conservation practices 50 incorporated pollinator conservation practices into their land management systems 47 considered pesticide impacts on pollinators 42 enrolled 4 encouraged or assisted with enrollment in NRCS conservation programs 30 included pollinator conservation information in written publications 28 and adjusted land management practices to benefit pollinators 25 According to Mader field staff from NRCS FSA Extension and Soil and Water Conservation Districts who attended the Short Courses went on to directly implement pollinator conservation strategies with their client farmers Thousands of acres of land are being managed for pollinators as a result of these trainings The surveys also show that over the long term this project will result in increased participation among growers of bee pollinated crops in USDA conservation programs like Environmental Quality Incentives Program EQIP Conservation Stewardship Program CSP and Conservation Reserve Program CRP Testimonials include Everything was really great I work for NRCS and have to implement pollinator habitats and received little training this was exactly what I needed Thank you NRCS Field Conservationist Washington Learn more about how to incorporate pollinator considerations to conservation planning Yes I feel more

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/From-the-Field/Western-Pollinator-Conservation-Planning-Short-Course (2016-05-01)
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  • Wiser Wine: California Grape Growers Adopt Innovative System to Evaluate Sustainability
    for something different Search the Learning Center Back to Search Results Wiser Wine California Grape Growers Adopt Innovative System to Evaluate Sustainability The California wine industry is booming The number of wineries in the state has more than tripled since 1990 bringing California to fourth ranking producer in the world behind France Italy and Spain Keeping pace with that growth is a burgeoning sustainable viticulture movement led with others by the SARE supported Central Coast Vineyard Team CCVT CCVT a collaborative since 1994 of growers wineries researchers and others promotes sustainable practices through a comprehensive self assessment regular on farm workshops and more recently third party certification The group started small but has evolved into a vital force in the state s wine industry Its 300 members represent 11 percent of California s total vineyard acreage about 60 000 acres Over the years the group has received two SARE grants that proved crucial in expanding participation in its signature self assessment program a largely unheard of tool when CCVT members implemented it in 1996 During a 1999 SARE grant CCVT leaders increased the number of acres evaluated with self assessments by 70 percent during a 2003 grant the number of assessments increased by 27 percent Some of the earlier SARE grants were key in the early development of this very small group says CCVT Executive Director Kris O Connor The self assessment known as the Positive Points System involves extensive evaluation of a vineyard s practices to conserve water and protect water quality minimize erosion reduce pesticide risks protect worker safety and conserve wildlife habitat The assessments have proven effective In 2003 for example one grower managed to reduce soil erosion from 38 tons per year to two tenths of a ton per year by following the recommendations that emerged from a self assessment The group s on farm workshops regularly encourage more than half of attendees to change their practices based on what they learn according to post workshop surveys The Positive Points System has appealed to growers because of its flexibility says Dana Merrill a vineyard owner and founding CCVT member Since it is a positive system as opposed to a regulatory system it became something growers wanted to do rather than were forced to do Today CCVT is continuing to evolve Like other sustainable viticulture organizations in the state its members are shifting their focus from self assessments to third party certification The Positive Points System works fine as an internal system in our industry or on our farm Merrill says But if we are going to talk about it to consumers then it means more to have a third party ratify what we are achieving Working with a broad range of advisors members began devising the Sustainability in Practice program s rigorous standards in 2003 and a pilot group of 14 vineyards on a combined 10 000 acres received certification in 2008 Want more information See the related SARE grant s FW99 108 Central Coast Vineyard

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/From-the-Field/Wiser-Wine-California-Grape-Growers-Adopt-Innovative-System-to-Evaluate-Sustainability (2016-05-01)
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  • National Program Materials
    Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Home Learning Center SARE Program Materials National Program Materials National Program Materials National Program Materials The materials below explain the SARE program and sustainable agriculture on a national level and are available for workshops conferences and other events Curious about a particular topic Search all SARE products in the Learning Center Publication Catalog Type National SARE Promotional Product Use this publication catalog to order hard copies of books and bulletins from SARE Outreach A mail in order form is included Download File 453 05 kB Print Version Free What is Sustainable Agriculture Type National SARE Promotional Product This award winning report provides a sampler of best practices in sustainable agriculture from marketing and community vitality to cover crops and grazing as well as eight profiles of producers educators and researchers who have successfully implemented them Download File 1 21 MB Print Version Free General Brochure Type National SARE Promotional Product This tri fold brochure provides a convenient introduction to SARE with contact information for each region descriptions of the program s national regional leadership structure grant application process educational resources funding areas and impacts Download File 402 46 kB Print Version Free SARE PowerPoint Type National SARE Promotional Product This presentation gives an overview of the SARE program and is excellent for conferences workshops and other educational events Download File 4 44 MB Fresh from the Field Notecards Type National SARE Promotional Product SARE s eight Fresh from the Farm notecards showcase beautiful agricultural images and display a brief message about ways to support sustainable agriculture in the marketplace Print Version 13 95 Project Sampler by Topic Two page brief sheets summarizing SARE s history of grant funding in key areas including organic agriculture specialty crops and beginning farmers Topic Room Flyers Type National SARE Promotional Product Want to spread the word about SARE s Topic Rooms at an event Use these one page flyers 25 Years of SARE Advancing Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture Type National SARE Promotional Product Discover some of the ways SARE s grant making program has stimulated innovation in key areas of sustainable agriculture over the past 25 years in cover crops rotational grazing marketing whole farm systems and much more Download File 472 74 kB Print Version Free SARE Library USB Drives Bundle of 10 Type National SARE Promotional Product All of SARE s current publications right at your fingertips USB drives can also be purchased individually Print Version 40 00 Qué es la Agricultura Sustentable Type National SARE Promotional Product Este reporte ganador de un premio provee un muestrario de mejores prácticas en la agricultura sustentable desde el mercadeo y la vitalidad de la comunidad hasta cultivos de cobertura y pastoreo así como ocho perfiles de productores educadores e investigadores que las han implementado con éxito Download File 8 54 MB Print Version Free 25 Años de SARE Promoviendo Innovaciones en Agricultura Sustentable Type National SARE Promotional Product Descubra algunas

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/SARE-Program-Materials/National-Program-Materials (2016-05-01)
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  • Living on the Land
    Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Home Learning Center Courses and Curricula Living on the Land Living on the Land Looking for something different Search the Learning Center Back to Search Results Living on the Land Stewardship for Small Acreages Living on the Land is one of the most comprehensive and adaptable curricula in the country for training natural resource professionals to in turn teach small acreage landowners how to care for their soil air and water while maximizing the land s value It is being adopted across the United States Living on the Land is available in its entirety through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension You ll find up to date copies of the Living on the Land curriculum along with lists of Web resources training materials and presentations provided by other instructors a photo gallery and more Want more information See the related SARE grant s EW99 003 Living on the Land Teaching Small Acreage Owners to Conserve Their Natural Resources and EW06 001 Living on the Land Curriculum Expansion and Instructor Trainings Product specs Format Courses and Curricula Project Products Year 2002 Author s Sue Donaldson University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Location Nevada North Central Northeast South West How to order Visit the Living on the Land website for ordering information Tags Agroecosystems Animal Production Animal Protection and Health Biodiversity Community Development Education and Training Extension Farm Business Management Feed Forage Grazing Management Marketing Management Natural Resources Environment Rangeland Pasture Management Soil Management Soil Quality Health Sustainable Communities Urban Rural Integration Water Management Wildlife This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture U S Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula/Living-on-the-Land (2016-05-01)
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  • National Continuing Education Program
    Education Program National Continuing Education Program Looking for something different Search the Learning Center Back to Search Results National Continuing Education Program Welcome to the national continuing education program in sustainable agriculture presented by SARE This program is designed primarily for Cooperative Extension and Natural Resource Conservation Service personnel and is also open to farmers ranchers and other agricultural professionals nationwide It emphasizes core concepts and a basic understanding of sustainable agriculture its goals and its relevance to every farming and ranching operation large or small The core of the national continuing education program is a series of three interactive online courses listed below The courses are self paced allowing you to take them on your own schedule Learning outcomes and objectives are aimed at the broad topics and issues related to sustainable agriculture Students who want to explore topics in greater depth should follow the multimedia and information links throughout each course and seek other educational opportunities in their state or region What is sustainable agriculture What does it mean for farmers ranchers and communities How does it relate to my role as an educator or researcher This course series is aimed at helping you answer those questions and develop effective research and education programs that address agricultural sustainability for farmers ranchers and communities To begin a course click the course title You can work through the course using the next and previous buttons at the top and bottom of each page or go to specific sections using the navigation menu on the left side of the content area Course 1 Sustainable Agriculture Principles and Concept Overview This course explores the conceptual and historical foundations of sustainable agriculture with particular emphasis on its application to the agricultural professional s role in developing science based information and working with farmers and ranchers on the best approaches to improving their businesses and strengthening rural and urban communities Begin Course 1 Sustainable Agriculture Principles and Concept Overview Course 2 Strategic Farm Ranch Planning and Marketing This course covers planning and business development marketing opportunities and strategies for farm ranch businesses and managing the farm ranch business for long term success The focus is primarily on farmers in the start up or transition phases who are interested in exploring new business ideas management practices and marketing strategies However on going business management estate planning and farm transfer for clients who have mature businesses or are ready to retire are also discussed Begin Course 2 Strategic Farm Ranch Planning and Marketing Course 3 Agricultural Ecosystem Management Course 3 focuses on how to apply ecological principles in the management of crop and livestock systems Major topics include agroecosystem concepts and principles key practices in sustainable agriculture monitoring agroecosystems and organic agriculture The course provides a variety of tools and resources to help you better understand how farm and ranch systems can be managed to achieve production goals enhance stewardship of watersheds and wildlife and improve farm profitability Begin Course 3 Agricultural Ecosystem Management Product specs

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula/National-Continuing-Education-Program (2016-05-01)
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  • Organic Seed, Soils and Sustainable Business
    Health Subregional Stakeholder Conferences Strengthening Agriculture s Infrastructure Conference Water Conference Western SARE Event Calendar News from the West Newsletters Join Our Mailing List For the Media Western SARE Logo About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Home Learning Center Courses and Curricula Organic Seed Soils and Sustainable Business Organic Seed Soils and Sustainable Business Looking for something different Search the Learning Center Back to Search Results Organic Seed Soils and Sustainable Business This project provided agricultural professionals with more knowledge of organic seed soil management and sustainable business practices From the trainings a webinar and tutorial were developed Webinar participants can expect to learn about the Organic Seed Production tutorials and how to most effectively access in depth organic seed production information available The Organic Seed Production Tutorial is a self directed course designed for producers with some seed production experience seed industry professionals and extension professionals Want more information See the related SARE grant s EW10 017 Organic Seed Soils and Sustainable Business Three Intensives and an Online Tutorial Product specs Format Courses and Curricula Project Products Year 2012 Author s Micaela Colley Project Coordinator Location North Central Northeast South Washington West How to order Only available online Tags Crop Improvement and Selection Crop Production Education and Training Farm Business Management Organic Agriculture Seed Saving Vegetables This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture U S Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE program Any opinions findings conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author s and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U S Department of Agriculture or SARE Related Resources Living

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula/Organic-Seed-Soils-and-Sustainable-Business (2016-05-01)
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  • People of the Land
    Western SARE Logo About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Home Learning Center Courses and Curricula People of the Land People of the Land Looking for something different Search the Learning Center Back to Search Results People of the Land Sustaining American Indian Agriculture in Idaho Nevada Oregon and Washington Online Version Free Download File 25 02 MB People of the Land Sustaining American Indian Agriculture in Idaho Oregon Nevada and Washington Emm Singletary 2009 focuses on successful strategies for increasing the adoption of sustainable practices on reservation lands The Extension curriculum teaches professionals who seek to work with American Indian tribes and or individual producers about the role of federal Indian policy and reservation governance The purpose of the curriculum is to strengthen the capacity of agriculture and natural resource professionals to work more effectively with American Indian tribes and individual producers on Indian reservations Want more information See the related SARE grant s EW05 005 Strengthening Sustainable Agriculture Programming with Native American Producers in the West Product specs Format Courses and Curricula Project Products Year 2009 Location Idaho Nevada Oregon Washington West How to order Online Version Free Download File 25 02 MB For print copies contact Staci Emm Extension educator at 775 945 3444 or Loretta Singletary Extension educator at 775 463 6541 Tags Community Development Education and Training Ethnic Differences Cultural and Demographic Change Extension Quality of Life Sustainable Communities Underserved Minority Audiences This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture U S Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education SARE program Any opinions findings conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author s

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula/People-of-the-Land (2016-05-01)
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  • Southern SARE's Integrated Pest Management for Organic Crops Course
    Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Home Learning Center Courses and Curricula Southern SARE s Integrated Pest Management for Organic Crops Course Southern SARE s Integrated Pest Management for Organic Crops Course Looking for something different Search the Learning Center Back to Search Results Southern SARE s Integrated Pest Management for Organic Crops Course Course modules include Cultural Practices for Managing Crop Diseases Cultural Practices for Managing Insect Pests Cultural Practices for Managing Weeds Overview of Biologically Based IPM Biological Control of Diseases Biological Control of Insect Pests Biological Control of Weeds Overview of Monitoring ID Techniques for Insect Pests Weeds Diseases Use of Approved Pesticides in Organic Production How to Conduct On Farm Organic Pest Management Research The course is free self guided and self paced so you can complete them on your own schedule To access the course you must first register as a student in the eXtension campus site and then enroll in this specific course Integrated Pest Management for Organic Crops If you already registered as a student in the eXtension campus site to take the first course in this series or other eXtension courses you do not have to register again Just login using your ID and password Once you have set up your account you can bookmark the eXtension campus home page and go there directly to log in when you are ready to start or continue the course You don t need to come back to this page Detailed information about the course technological requirements navigation and continuing education credits are available at the course home page After you log in to the eXtension campus click on Courses Agriculture category Sustainable Agriculture sub category Click on the course title Enjoy the course Product specs Format Courses and Curricula Location South How to order Only

    Original URL path: http://www.westernsare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula/Southern-SARE-s-Integrated-Pest-Management-for-Organic-Crops-Course (2016-05-01)
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