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  • Administrative Council
    Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Home About Us Administrative Council About Us How We Work Administrative Council AC Biographies SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Administrative Council How We Work Administrative Council AC Biographies SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission 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 Administrative Council The Administrative Council working with Western SARE Regional Coordinator and staff in Utah Wyoming and Montana sets guidelines develops calls for proposals and establishes project priorities The council tries to ensure that funded projects have the appropriate balance and diversity that can represent the region s wide ranging geography and subject matter Read job description and duties H Michael Harrington Chair WAAESD Representative Western Association of Experiment Station Directors Ft Collins Colorado Bio Larry Cundall Chair Elect Farmer Rancher Representative Cundall Ranch Glendo Wyoming Bio Cindy Lair Past Chair WASDA Representative Colorado Dept of Agriculture State Conservation Board Lakewood Colorado Bio Steve Balling Agri business Representative Del Monte Foods Walnut Creek California Bio Bonnie Bobb Non profit Representative Western SAWG Austin Nevada Bio Chuck Boerner Organic Farming Representative Ono Organic Farms Inc Hana Hawaii Bio Jim Farrar At large Representative Western IPM Center Davis California Bio Jessica Goldberger Rural Sociologist Representative Washington State University Pullman Washington Bio Rob Hedberg National SARE USDA NIFA Washington DC Bio Brian Higginbotham Western Extension Directors Representative Utah State University Extension Logan Utah Bio Joe Munyaneza USDA ARS Pacific West Area Representative ARS Wapato

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  • SARE Staff
    Results Fellows Search for Excellence Programs Conferences Pacific Island Conference Ag Infrastructure National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil 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 About Us SARE Staff About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Staff North Central SARE Staff Northeast SARE Staff Southern SARE Staff National Office Staff SARE Outreach Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission SARE Staff How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Staff North Central SARE Staff Northeast SARE Staff Southern SARE Staff National Office Staff SARE Outreach Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission 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 Staff Western SARE Staff At Western SARE we re committed to serving all farmers and ranchers and their support organizations in the West If you have questions observations or concerns we want to hear them Please contact us Host Institution Staff Utah State University 4865 Old Main Hill Logan UT 84322 4865 435 797 2257 Rhonda Miller Western SARE Regional Coordinator 435 797 3772 send email Bio Robert Newhall Western SARE Deputy Coordinator 435 797 2183 send email Bio Lindsey Ames Student Assistant 435 797 2257 send email Bio Jim Belliston Webmaster 435 770 0524 send email Bio Stacie Clary Communications Specialist Capitola CA 95010 831 419 5432 send email Bio Kristi Jensen Contracts Manager 435 797 0351 send email Bio Sue McCormick Business Manager 435 797 2257 send email Bio Tammy Neilson Administrative Assistant 435 797 3537 send email Bio V Philip Rasmussen Emeritus Western SARE Coordinator 435 797 3394 send email Bio Professional Development Program Jim Freeburn PDP Program Regional Training Coordinator 4516 Highway 26 85 Torrington WY 82240 307 532 2436 send email Bio Al Kurki PDP Program Assoc Training Coordinator c o AERO 4370 Vesta Drive Helena MT 59602 406 494 8655 send email Bio Joleen Pantier Contracts Manager University of WY College of Agriculture 1000 E University Ave Dept 3354 Laramie WY 82071 307 766 3797 send email Bio Jill West Office Assistant Senior 4516 Hwy 26 85 Torrington WY 82240 307 532 2436 send email Bio Other SARE Offices Nationwide SARE has six offices serving different functions The National Office manages the program nationally SARE s four regions administer the grants and set policy priorities and SARE Outreach produces practical information National Office SARE Outreach Western SARE Southern SARE North Central SARE Northeast SARE Sustainable Livestock Grazing Management Publication Read Western SARE

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  • Western SARE Goals
    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 About Us Western SARE Goals About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Western SARE Goals How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission 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 Western SARE Goals Promote good stewardship of the nation s natural resources by providing site specific regional and profitable sustainable farming and ranching methods that strengthen agricultural competitiveness satisfy human food and fiber needs maintain and enhance the quality and productivity of soil conserve soil water energy natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat and maintain and improve the quality of surface and ground water Enhance the quality of life of farmers and ranchers and ensure the viability of rural communities for example by increasing income and employment especially profitable self employment and innovative marketing opportunities in agricultural and rural communities Protect the health and safety of those involved in food and farm systems by reducing where feasible and practical the use of toxic materials in agricultural production and by optimizing on farm resources and integrating where appropriate biological cycles and controls Promote crop livestock and enterprise diversification Examine the regional economic social and environmental implications of adopting sustainable agriculture practices and systems

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  • State Coordinators
    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 About Us State Coordinators About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators Contact What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission State Coordinators How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators Contact What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission 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 State Coordinators Contact Information and Biographies for All State Coordinators SARE works to provide solutions to challenges in agriculture that are specific to region Just as SARE is broken into four regions at the national level each region is broken into its respective states and U S protectorates helping ensure local solutions to local problems The Western SARE region comprises thirteen states and four U S Pacific island protectorates A state coordinator represents each of the thirteen states and four U S Pacific island protectorates that are part of the Western region The state coordinators assist in promoting sustainable agriculture locally through noncompetitive state grants operated through SARE s Professional Development Program and through promotion of SARE funded project results Coordinators typically use their grants to conduct educational programs in sustainable agriculture View state coordinators roles and responsibilities Examples of recent educational programs include such activities as producing newsletters holding conferences developing web sites and creating program training materials for employees of ag support agencies Target audiences in

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  • What is Sustainable Agriculture?
    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 About Us What is Sustainable Agriculture About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission What is Sustainable Agriculture How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission 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 What is Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable agriculture can be defined in many ways but ultimately it seeks to sustain farmers resources and communities by promoting farming practices and methods that are profitable environmentally sound and good for communities Sustainable agriculture fits into and complements modern agriculture It rewards the true values of producers and their products It draws and learns from organic farming It works on farms and ranches large and small harnessing new technologies and renewing the best practices of the past Sustainable agriculture defined In short Sustainable Agriculture is Economically Viable If it is not profitable it is not sustainable Socially Supportive The quality of life of farmers farm families and farm communities is important Ecologically Sound We must preserve the resource base that sustains us all Beyond the Congressional definition sustainable agriculture has been defined in several ways for example as a system that can indefinitely sustain itself without degrading the land the environment or the people It reflects our concern with the long term viability of agriculture Dr John E Ikerd Extension Professor at the University of Missouri offers his view of sustainability A sustainable agriculture must be economically viable socially responsible and ecologically sound The economic social and ecological are interrelated and all are essential to sustainability An agriculture that uses up or degrades its natural resource base or pollutes the natural environment eventually will lose its ability to produce It s not sustainable An agriculture that isn t profitable at least over time will not allow its farmers to stay in business It s not sustainable An agriculture that fails to meet the needs of society as producers and citizens as well as consumers will not be sustained by society It s not sustainable A sustainable agriculture must be all three ecologically sound economically viable and socially responsible And the three must be in harmony However it is defined sustainable agriculture will affect how you operate your farm or ranch Definition As defined by Congress sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site specific application that will over the long term satisfy human food and fiber needs enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends make the most efficient

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  • Historical Timeline
    SARE s vision is Historical Timeline Before 1988 An idea ahead of its time After publication of Rachel Carson s Silent Spring the exposé about pesticides reduced chemical techniques take hold in a small but growing community of farmers and ranchers In 1980 USDA publishes the landmark Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming Its findings are just ahead of their time The incoming administration disbands the report team but its authors and others continue to press for change SARE is conceived Congress responds to the growing chorus for a government sustainable agriculture program and passes the Agricultural Productivity Act which will become SARE No funding accompanies authorization 1988 Congress funds in millions What some experts say will take more than a year takes eager sustainable ag pioneers only six months to establish a science based grassroots problem solving business not as usual grant program On hand is Congress first appropriation 3 9 million What to fund Never before has so much attention and money been readily available for researching sustainable agriculture First up is testing and further developing fundamental approaches such as cover crops rotational grazing and composting 1991 1994 The big buy in The Environmental Protection Agency contributes 1 million per year to an EPA SARE collaboration called Agriculture in Concert with the Environment The program continues until 2001 Spreading the word Relatively few outside the sustainable ag community hear about groundbreaking work in sustainable agriculture or know how to get started SARE forms a national outreach office which quickly begins producing practical how to bulletins and books Funding for farmers and educators Recognizing the importance of farmers on the ground experience SARE begins funding farmer led research directly Congress also adds funds for SARE s Professional Development Program which trains ag professionals in latest practices 1995 2000 Public catches on Sustainable and organic practices start hitting the mainstream press National Geographic for example publishes a centerpiece article featuring grantees work Fine tuning the portfolio SARE adds new target areas marketing local production and on farm energy efficiency and renewables Major shift at USDA A SARE initiated working group on sustainable development persuades the Secretary of Agriculture to issue a historic memorandum pledging that sustainability will be a key component of all the department s policies and programs New partners The National Agroforestry Center starts a six year co funding program with SARE to help farmers develop agroforestry The Agricultural Marketing Service matches funds to examine the potential of new and emerging marketing opportunities in sustainable agriculture Next generation SARE begins awarding grants to cutting edge graduate student research 2001 2004 Smithsonian exhibit A special SARE supported exhibit debuts at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Listening to the Prairie Farming in Nature s Image Top practitioners recognized SARE launches the Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture to recognize stellar farmer and rancher innovation in the field 2005 2007 Change happens Evaluations of SARE programs show real progress on the ground 64 percent of farmer rancher grantees said

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  • SARE Vision and Mission
    Professional Development Program Apply for a PDP Grant Materials for State Coordinators About the PDP State Coordinators State and Protectorate Pages Regional Extension Survey Results Fellows Search for Excellence Programs Conferences Pacific Island Conference Ag Infrastructure National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil 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 About Us Vision and Mission About Us How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission Vision and Mission How We Work Administrative Council SARE Staff Western SARE Goals State Coordinators What is Sustainable Agriculture Historical Timeline Vision and Mission 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 Vision and Mission SARE s vision is an enduring American agriculture of the highest quality This agriculture is profitable protects the nation s land and water and is a force for a rewarding way of life for farmers and ranchers whose quality products and operations sustain their communities and society 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 Sustainable Livestock Grazing Management Publication Read Western SARE s From the Field publication Sustainable Livestock Grazing Management This report highlights four successful Western SARE funded projects addressing livestock grazing on rangelands and

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  • Alaska Report
    Alaska The evaluations and suggestions from attendees offered a number of ideas and comments that will be taken into consideration when planning next year s conference The most common comment was that the talks needed to be longer than 20 minutes Context and Overview The Alaska SARE PDP is part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Program within the Cooperative Extension Service in the School of Natural Resources and Extension of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agriculture and Horticulture includes programs in commercial agriculture and horticulture integrated pest management pesticide safety education and western plant diagnostic that interface with the objectives of the SARE program Other state partners and audiences for SARE programs include Alaska NRCS Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Alaska Division of Agriculture Alaska is a large state Due to the long distances between communities and limited CES personnel the SARE program relies heavily on partnerships collaborations and linkages with other agricultural groups It is also integrated into other agriculture programs We frequently do this by using SARE funds to co sponsor existing agricultural conferences and workshops In addition to meeting audiences where they are gathering for preexisting agriculture related events we attempt to overcome the geographical isolation of Alaska agriculture by utilizing a quarterly newsletter and website to promote sustainable agriculture in the state Activities and Methods In 2014 PDP funds were given to support Extension agents and personal to attend conferences and workshops that further expanded their knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices in order to aid their clientele with sustainable agriculture ideas and practices Extension personnel attended the annual Western SARE Professional Development Summer Meeting held in Sacramento CA Travel Scholarships were also given to Extension agents from Anchorage to attend the 2014 SARE Conference in Fairbanks Alaska to promote practices and ideas of sustainable agriculture PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products Sustainable Agriculture for Alaska Quarterly Newsletter The publication is mailed to over 500 interested individuals and producers as well as federal agencies NRCS FSA state agencies Division of Agriculture Plant Material Center and university personnel CES SNRAS The Sustainable Agriculture in Alaska Website has been online for several years This site is maintained and updated using SARE funds This Alaska SARE Website allows online access to contact information newsletters educational concepts educational publications funding sources other resources and a link to the Western Region SARE Website It is a one stop shop for Alaskans that is not available in any other format We also have a regularly used Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Listserv The Sustainable Agriculture Listserv is designed to share information on upcoming educational events and grant proposal deadlines It also can be used to improve communication for agriculture producers and educators across the state of Alaska Changes in Ag Professionals Knowledge Intention and Action There were 33 University of Alaska CES and SNRAS employees and students 13 USDA and SWCD employees one borough employee and 14 State of Alaska employees that attended the Tenth Annual Statewide Sustainable Agriculture Conference Results from the

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