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  • American Samoa Report
    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 American Samoa Report SARE Professional Development Program Annual Report for American Samoa January 1 December 31 2013 SARE Coordinator Ian Gurr American Samoa Community College P O Box 686 Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 send email Bio Summary of 2013 state protectorate PDP Activities and Results During October 21 28 Mr Daniel O Doherty President of Cacao Services Inc Honolulu HI visited the Territory to access the potential of cacao Theobroma cacao as an export crop He was co hosted by the American Samoa Community College Community and Natural Resources Division s Western SARE PDP and the AS Dept of Agriculture Mr O Doherty visited several plantations and met with growers On October 23 and 24 he presented two workshops The first was on sustainable tree production the second on chocolate production Mr O Doherty informed the agricultural agents and the producers that American Samoa had a few legacy tree varieties that had the potential of producing premier quality chocolate Based on this assessment the AS Dept of Agriculture included expanded cacao production in the government s five year economic development plan For the poultry mini grant Drs Ian Gurr and Michael Otto Hansell did a demonstration using 45 Cornish Rock broiler chickens that were raised for seven weeks One group was fed a commercial broiler feed 22 protein one group was fed a locally produced feed 22 protein of breadfruit fishmeal and vitamin mineral supplement another group free range The commercial group was the heaviest followed by the local feed and then the free range Context and Overview As the only institution of higher education the American Samoa Community College s Cooperative State Extension service staff plays a pivotal role in sustainable agriculture outreach Together with researchers in entomology plant pathology horticulture agroforestry and soil water they work in partnership with staffs from the Natural Resources Conservation Service American Samoa Dept of Agriculture Environmental Protection Agency National Park Service and Coral Reef Advisory Group Such partnering allows all agencies to make the most efficient use of their limited resources Activities and Methods July 8 11 Annual PDP meeting Davis CA October 23 Cacao tree pruning fertilization and care workshop October 24 Cocoa bean fermentation and chocolate production workshop January 16 Mini grant poultry fed production demonstration PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products See report Cocoa in American Samoa Evaluation and Recommendations 28 October 2013 Changes in Ag Professionals Knowledge Intention and Action Both producers and agriculture professionals learned that a realization of exporting cocoa beans will require much work and cooperation since several acres of trees are required in order to ferment a batch of beans For instance none of the existing trees had been properly pruned or spaced Instead traditional agroforestry practices have been used i e multicrop plantations with random plantings Rather than export O Doherty

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  • Arizona Report
    coordinator attended the annual Western SARE state coordinators training conference in Fairbanks AK The following is a detailed listing of key 2014 activities SARE PDP Workshops and Seminars Two PDP sponsored regional meetings addressed two separate and specific topics directly related to sustainable agriculture These were 1 Farm and Ranch Weather and Climate Workshop Wilcox AZ and 2 Mesquite New Agricultural Traditions for an Ancient Food Benson AZ Farm and Ranch Weather and Climate Workshop Approximately 30 individuals attended the climate meeting organized by Extension agents Kim McReynolds Greenlee County and Susan Pater Cochise County The meeting was well attended by producers but also in attendance were five individuals from NRCS and six from Cooperative Extension Attendees indicated that they better understood the ramifications of the continued drought and that there was a need to learn adaptation skills Mesquite New Agricultural Traditions for an Ancient Food The mesquite workshop was also organized by Cooperative Extension agents Mark Apel Cochise County and Peter L Warren Pima County and focused on the production value of this desert resource Approximately 100 people were in attendance One invited speaker was a producer who planted a managed mesquite orchard along the Colorado River in western Arizona He has developed a vertically integrated operation where the mesquite trees are managed as a planted crop The beans and wood are harvested by the producer who subsequently turns them into products on site The products are marketed direct to the consumer and also through commercial outlets Of the 72 individuals submitting exit surveys 46 64 indicated that they felt the information received was completely helpful and relevant 18 25 felt the information received was mostly helpful or relevant and 8 11 indicated that the information was somewhat helpful or relevant There were no responses for slightly or not at all helpful or relevant Among the many comments were several which indicated that some people were considering the mesquite as a money making crop Other Workshops and Seminars Three additional workshops related to sustainable agriculture topics were held in 2014 in Arizona These were not SARE sponsored events The state coordinator attended all three of these meetings and used the events to conduct PDP activities Southwest Indian Agriculture Association Livestock Division Gila River Indian Community SWIAA Drawing about 50 people from around the Southwest participants learned about livestock operations many of which were practicing sustainable agriculture techniques The state coordinator set up a display with SARE pamphlets available for distribution Arizona Cooperatives Development Workshop Phoenix AZ Organized by two Extension Agents in Central Arizona Kelly Young Maricopa County and Everett Rhodes Pinal County this meeting was instructed by a presenter from California and gave ways that producers could benefit from forming cooperatives With a main focus on direct market producers this workshop drew about 50 people including Extension and NRCS participants Analysis of learning outcomes for this activity will be reported in February Soils Workshop Maricopa Agricultural Center Organized by the Arizona Cooperative Extension agriculture program leader this half

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  • California Report
    Islands State and Protectorate Websites Regional Extension Survey Results Fellows Search for Excellence Programs 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 California Report SARE Professional Development Program Annual Report for California January 1 December 31 2014 State SARE Coordinator Morgan Doran UC Cooperative Extension Capitol Corridor 70 Cottonwood Street Woodland CA 95695 530 666 8738 send email Bio Summary of 2014 State Protectorate PDP Activities and Results The 2014 year was another period of little to no PDP activity in California due to expanded administrative duties which included the orchestration and implementation of a new administrative model for Cooperative Extension programs in three counties and an extended family medical leave In 2014 I did establish an online application and review process for administering PDP mini grants and travel scholarships A call for proposals was released in October 2014 to fund events in 2015 Unspent PDP funds from prior years 2011 12 2012 13 and 2013 14 are being used to support ten travel scholarships and three mini grants Topics addressed in the mini grant events include evaluating soil health agritourism and the use of a NRCS rangeland evaluation tool Specific topics covered by travel scholarships vary widely but generally cover sustainability in viticulture and dairy management non chemical IPM practices small farm programs post harvest technology and strategies in reaching underserved clientele groups A goal for the PDP program in California in 2015 is to expend all unspent funds from prior years through the mini grant and travel scholarship sub awards Unfortunately unspent funds from the 2010 11 program year were not completely expended in time and are being returned to Western SARE Context and Overview Sustainable agricultural food systems is a core theme throughout the University of California s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources ANR The ANR Strategic Vision 2025 outlines a structure for ANR programs built around four strategic initiatives two of which are titled Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Natural Ecosystems The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis is also host to the Ag Sustainability Institute ASI which has maintained a strong affiliation with the Western SARE PDP program The PDP program is intended to provide professional development opportunities to extension educators within the University of California NRCS other higher education institutions NGOs and agriculture supporting organizations This is an a very diverse audience which is the reason I have established mini grant and travel scholarship awards to competitively fund projects that can have a broad reach throughout the state In prior years the mini grant and travel scholarship awards were successful in reaching a broad audience even though applicants are restricted to UC ANR academics due to accounting restrictions Applicants are strongly encouraged to include NRCS staff in their PDP funded programs Activities and Methods No activities to report

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  • Colorado State Report
    phone calls and emails about the Western SARE program In most instances we encouraged the PI while in other situations told the PI their proposal may not fit within the goals and guidelines of the Western SARE grants process but not till after checking with appropriate SARE personnel A common theme was to tell potential PIs there will be no grant funds forthcoming if they do not submit a proposal They often decide to proceed with their proposal submission An overall impression from visiting with these folks is they do not comprehend the competitive nature of the process and the need for them to have first rate proposals The PDP coordinator presented a Western SARE tabletop display this year and distributed numerous fact sheets and information about the SARE program at Colorado State University program Ranching and a West that Works The table top display gave faculty and Extension an opportunity to ask questions and learn about Western SARE and viewers showed interest in the grant proposal process PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products No materials funded by Western SARE were produced in 2014 Changes in Ag Professionals Knowledge Skills and Action Most changes are in the form of observation by the PDP coordinators pertaining to the interest and expertise demonstrated by these agriculture professionals Particularly noteworthy is the increased numbers of grant proposals to Western SARE and secondly the pursuit of other grant options such as Risk Management Education Rural Development and USDA Recent success by these individuals means their level of expertise has improved and hopefully Western SARE can take credit for some of that knowledge gain Detailed feedback is shared with the four major events which were evaluated namely Colorado County Agents Extension Professional Improvement Conference CSU Soil Health Tour Soil Conservation Program Farm Tours and Ranching and a West that Works held at Colorado State University program These events have evaluations attached and where very well received Colorado County Agents Extension Professional Improvement Conference indicated knowledge gained and implementation of any of the ideas given were 94 44 of 18 individuals The CSU Soil Health Tour significantly impacted 11 agriculture indicated by a pre and post test These professionals increased awareness and knowledge of methods of enhancing soils through no till farming and rotational cropping systems It increased knowledge of the differences in Colorado s dryland and irrigated farming systems and their limitations and increased knowledge of the benefits and liabilities of using cover crops for enhancing soil quality and productivity After attending this tour many plan to change the way to manage soil with new knowledge of the topic with 91 saying yes After attending this tour many will recommend changes to crop fruit vegetable or specialty crop producers with 91 saying yes Soil Conservation Program Farm Tours received an additional 5 500 funding from Western SARE and implemented six more farm tour workshops in Adams Eagle Jefferson Montezuma Pitkin and Routt Counties In total these educational workshops impacted 220 land managers Evaluations revealed

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  • Guam Report
    Workshop see below A 2013 assessment guided the planning and curriculum development for a 2014 Western SARE College of Micronesia grant targeting agricultural professionals who will conduct trainings helping subsistence agro forest farmers transition to cash commercial production In May and June 2014 the Guam PDP Coordinator supported this multi year effort as a member of a training team that conducted four one week trainings in Micronesia One part of the training was a recordkeeping workshop that was also requested by the FSA 6 3 planning meeting for delivery to Guam farmers Along with Northern and Southern Soil and Water Conservation Districts the PDP program trained 19 Guam participants 7 9 PDP staff attended a two day session on special food processes at retail locations conducted by the U S Food and Drug Administration 9 25 9 26 to inform further development of Guam food process preservation workshop series Attendees at the annual local Western SARE advisory meeting 9 9 included representatives from various local and federal agencies community based nonprofit organizations plus independent agricultural consultants All meeting participants have committed to supporting agricultural education by presenting at Guam PDP headed workshops providing feedback on educational materials and promoting workshops The next collaborative workshop on local and federal program enrollment is projected for January 24 2015 The PDP program hosted its annual Western SARE grant workshop where the session focused on Professional Producer and Farmer Rancher applications 11 10 and attracted 28 participants The coordinator also announced and presented on the Western SARE grant opportunities at several farmer meetings The Guam PDP Coordinator attended the PDP Coordinators national meeting in Fairbanks Alaska Market development The PDP program developed curriculum for and supported two workshops on food processing preservation low acid pressure canning 1 18 drying 3 22 thereby bringing the total number of food processing workshops to four Between late 2013 and this program year this workshop series has attracted 79 attendees The PDP program with field agents who attended the Master Food Preserver training in 2013 also collaborated with the UOG SBDC and OVOP to deliver an overview about Cooperative Extension Services and PDP activities 2 24 food preservation 7 19 and a workshop on citrus juicing and business development 12 13 While not a proposed activity within the original Western SARE PDP application the PDP program was also able to take advantage of the regional Western SARE Strengthening Agriculture s Infrastructure in the Western Pacific conference by coordinating a breadfruit production and processing workshop 5 19 combining the expertise of visiting conference attendees Craig Elevitch M Kalani Souza and Dr Failautusi Avegalio with local experts This workshop also provided the template for an eggplant home production and cooking workshop 10 4 which is the first of a series that promotes abundantly available local produce The PDP program either developed curriculum for or coordinated or assisted with implementation of seven workshops 1 18 2 24 3 22 5 19 7 19 10 4 12 13 on value added processing or use of local produce The PDP program continues to nurture its existing relationship with hospitality industry professionals within the Micronesian Chefs Association MCA by attending monthly meetings updating members on the agricultural industry and consulting on produce availability promotion at MCA sponsored events For 2014 the PDP program s most significant collaborations were the Salon Culinaire 11 19 and coordinating the produce and food component showcase of the CHL Village Weight Initiative awards ceremony 12 18 The Salon Culinaire is the GCC culinary program s annual competition features student and professional chefs and requires that participants use agricultural products as determined and sourced with assistance from Guam Western SARE PDP The CHL Village Weight Initiative Awards ceremony was modeled after a prior Western SARE R E grant awarded to develop farmer chef grill nights and required three professional chefs to showcase local seasonal produce for the promotion of increased fruit and vegetable consumption for better health outcomes The PDP also consulted on the MCA s signature event Maila Ta Fan Chesa 5 27 which features a chef teaming with producer to showcase an agriculture product from the producer s village Collaborative Curriculum Development and Use In 2014 UOG CES CHL 4H and ANR field agents used gardening curriculum that originated with the PDP New Farmer program materials to target public and private school educators These field agents then conducted 33 workshops multiple sessions of the eight two hour workshop modules in community and after school settings Thirty four teachers from four schools received training and three new school gardens were started In addition 68 community members also received gardening training at these workshops This represents a significant leveraging of the PDP program efforts Guam PDP provides ongoing training and curriculum support to these non agriculture trained field agents to increase their effectiveness in delivering gardening trainings and support During the 2014 period the PDP advisory group agreed to collaboratively conduct the full New Farmer training series and update revise materials during 2015 calendar year PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products During 2013 and 2014 the Guam PDP program worked with the CES Children s Healthy Living CHL program to identify and repackage a 16 hour Basics of Starting Your Own Garden curriculum from the PDP New Farmer Curriculum The materials were branded as the CHL gardening curriculum Western SARE logo remains on the bottom and are seeing wide use on island These materials were adapted and repackaged to use with outreach public health workers and education professionals teachers that do not have agriculture training This effort repackaged and enhanced materials from the PDP developed New Farmer Curriculum on eight topics Soil management container gardening propagation by cuttings and seeds mulching sheet mulching raised beds composting and water in the garden It consists of resource publications from Guam and other states PowerPoint slide lectures based on these publications and a sheet of recommended hands on activities Guam s PDP program assumes that one of the best ways to develop

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  • Hawaii Report
    staff continue to support the Local Immigrant Farm Education LIFE Program Educational events are coordinated in conjunction with SOAP on a variety of topics from safe pesticide use to cultivar selection New Farmers Many new beginning farmer programs are forming in the state and we work actively with these programs Among those most served are the Hawaiian Farmers program in Molokaʻi served by Glenn Teves and Alton Arakaki and the GoFarm Hawaii program on Oʻahu served by Ted Radovich and Steven Chiang Our newsletter HanaʻAi also now features a special section for New Farmer information SOAP Learning Centers In the spirit of Western SARE s lifelong and hands on learning SOAP initiated the first learning center at the Waimanalo Research Center in 2012 The Waimanalo Learning Center includes the college s only certified organic plots Due to its success in 2013 SOAP initiated a second learning center at the Poamoho Experiment Station Leveraged funding from Western SARE PDP coordinators and other UH CTAHR faculty members help to sustain these two learning centers on Oahu PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products In summary our products this reporting period include Western SARE PDP FORMAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Western SARE PDP Fully Funded AgPro 2014 Hawaii WSARE Professional Development Program July 25 26 2014 Hānai Ai NEWSLETTERS Western SARE PDP Partially Funded Hanai Ai Newsletter Vol 18 Hanai Ai Newsletter Vol 19 Hanai Ai Newsletter Vol 20 Hanai Ai Newsletter Vol 21 SURVEY MONKEY PROGRAM EVALUATION Western SARE PDP Partially Funded Hanai Ai Feedback 2014 2014 Cacao Survey Chili Pepper Survey 2014 Forest Stewards Book Pack Feedback Waimanalo Learning Center Evaluation 2014 Coffee Berry Borer Survey YOUTUBE VIDEO The Benefits of Vermicomposting Calibrating a mist blower using the 1 128 th Method INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Evaluation of Microbes for Field Application in Hawaii Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit Expo 2014 APCES Hawai i Convention Center Honolulu HI USA September 15 17 2014 Changes in Ag Professionals Knowledge Intention and Action 1 Acquisition of new knowledge and skills Sustainable agriculture SA methods continue to be validated under Hawaii conditions via competitive Western SARE grants NRCS CIG grants and other funding sources CTAHR CES staff participates in ongoing educational training and research obtaining new knowledge and skills based on local tropical research for sustainable systems USDA NRCS continues to vigorously assist in the dissemination of information relating to SA production for Hawaii as well as to identify related funding opportunities for farmers interested in SA Articles submitted and collaborative partnerships on field outreach by the USDA NRCS helps to expand our delivery of information about soil health erosion control and coral reef protection Funding remains very limited and support from Western SARE grants is critical in maintaining this growth Success in obtaining extramural funding has improved with data and products generated by SARE program support Topic leaders within our program are expanding and diversifying Members are actively engaging in community outreach and obtaining extramural funding to transfer new discoveries into the farming community via workshop presentations newsletters and articles in our Hānai Ai newsletter e g Radovich Stevenson Wang Hue etc In addition to Western SARE PDP s traditional targeted audiences in 2014 Hawaii Western SARE PDP coordinators integrated legislators Hawai i Farmers Union Unites and the Hawai i Farm Bureau Federation into its 2014 educational programming We also worked to increase awareness of Western SARE s commitment to promote sustainable agriculture in Hawaii A meeting with UH CTAHR administration faculty and staff was organized with Western SARE s new director Teryl Roper in June 2014 During his visit to Hawaii Dr Roper had the opportunity to also meet members of SOAP s advisory team and a CTAHR grad student who received the Western SARE Graduate Student Grant in 2014 2 Changes in attitudes or understanding Sustainable Agriculture continues to become mainstream in Hawaii Expanded partnerships across UH CTAHR crossing departments linking with community colleges agricultural NGOs and local agricultural consultants accelerate our efforts at adapting SA systems to tropical ecosystems This year saw yet stronger alliances with our partners at the community colleges and public and private agencies More extension specialists are becoming affiliated with the SOAP program topic leaders obtaining research funding and are promoting the use of SA practices statewide CES and NRCS are adopting the SA methods as sound Adoption of SA as a marketing strategy in now accepted as viable Example In 2014 SOAP Western SARE PDP coordinators UH CTAHR faculty and staff joined Dr Koon Hui Wang as she applied and received funds to support a new program called Center for Rural and Agricultural Training and Entrepreneurship CRATE under USDA NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative AFRI These grant funds are to assist small and medium size farm programs develop sustainable agricultural practices that rely on efficient use of on farm resources and integrate natural biological cycles and controls that will eventually lead to promoting local community entrepreneurship in the tropical Pacific region The CRATE team works on various field based activities that will help local farmers explore and adopt competitive and economically viable organic crop production methods Leveraged partnerships with other UH CTAHR and USDA NRCS programs have resulted in increased awareness and online recognition of work estimated 30 incidences conducted by SOAP and Western SARE program affiliates by the college s Office of Communication Services 3 Changes in behavior and action Annual Sustainability Festival by Hawaii s largest private landowner Proliferation of Beginning Farmer training programs across the state New Farmers Network on Maui GoFarm Hawaii on O ahu Moloka i Native Hawaiian Beginning Farmer Program and Ku I Ka Mana Kohala Center Beginning Farmer Program The Strategy recommends actions to market Buy Local It Matters and to brand and label local food products A critical factor towards successful implementation will be building partnerships with the increasing number of organizations involved in food self sufficiency food security 2013 HDOA funded Organic Industry Advisory Group final report A wide diversity of cover crop products are being sold and

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  • Idaho
    planting and harvesting dates and possible changes in optimal low moisture crops for the area The 124 seminar participants included agriculture professionals agriculture and livestock producers community leaders and community professionals Pollinators and Beneficial Insects on the Farm A regional non profit Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides partnered with Idaho SARE coordinator Idaho Extension and NRCS to conduct a workshop on the benefits and identification of pollinators and beneficial insects as well as planting strategies to promote them on organic and specialty crop farms in southern Idaho The team modified the Xerces Society s short course to fit the needs of Idaho farmers The project worked with a local organic farmer Fred Brossy to present a case study on his habitat plantings The group worked closely with Fred to include all parts of the process for establishing habitat including site selection seed selection site prep planting and maintenance Karen Fullen state biologist with Idaho NRCS discussed the planning process with NRCS and funding opportunities for farmers The short course was followed by a next day farmer to farmer exchange This provided an opportunity for even more growers to learn about the topic During the session growers discussed their challenges implementing habitat with organic methods The farmer to farmer exchange session used the format of interactive conversations with people seated in a circle This follow up to the full day short course allowed growers to ask further questions and learn from the experience of others A total of 62 agriculture producers and agriculture professionals attended the workshop Travel Mini grant The Idaho SARE PDP funded one travel scholarship in 2014 Iris Mayes UI Extension Educator attended Powering Rural Economies focused on Art and Agriculture The health of a community is linked to the health of the culture and the access to healthy foods The workshop featured breakout sessions on Local Food Local Art and Local Leadership and Creativity Iris enhanced her ability for Extension to provide support to local restaurants Local foods provide more nutrition because they are fresher and the nutrients and vitamins are more intact than foods that are harvested far way and then shipped Restaurants have the power to improve their community and local economy by sourcing local produce In rural areas agriculture hunting and food gathering are central to the local culture Music media and fine arts reflect the local culture and bring people together for community connection and enhancement of social capital Iris Mayes used the training to engage local community members on ways that local foods art and culture can enhance the community on the Coeur d Alene Reservation as well as Latah County As a result of this training Iris also plans to host a Know Your Farmer Know Your Food event to help share information about our local farmers with the community PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products No publications products submitted this year Changes in Ag Professionals Knowledge Intention and Action Workshop Evaluations Climate and Water Conservation Seminar The SARE

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  • Micronesia
    agriculture extension agents at the three colleges in Micronesia The three colleges are Palau Community College PCC College of Micronesia FSM COM FSM and the College of the Marshall Islands CMI a total of seven campuses Some of the Extension agents completed high school and high school level agriculture training or attended agriculture vocational schools SARE PDP training and workshops have been very useful in planning and in implementation of planned programs under the Micronesia wide Combined Research and Extension five year rolling Plan of Work POW Knowledge and skills acquired from trainings have been useful for extension agents in developing and updating their POWs and in implementation of assigned POW Planned Programs The POW itself consists of six Planned Programs four of which are USDA NIFA priority areas including Global Food Security and Hunger Climate Change Childhood Obesity and Food Safety all of which have to do with or are related to the concepts of sustainable agriculture In addition to trainings and workshops agriculture extension agents and clients increased awareness in the area of sustainable agriculture through access to information and SARE printed materials and publications on the SARE webpage DVDs thumb drives provided by Western SARE and participation in surveys and discussions A total of 16 publications and printed materials were distributed to the six extension sites in Micronesia More than 30 DVDs and flash drives loaded with technical information including publications and videos were also distributed Activities and Methods Two Western SARE officials Dr Teryl Roper then incoming Director for the Western SARE and Mr Jim Freeburn SARE PDP Training Director visited Pohnpei before going to the Guam conference While in Pohnpei they visited farms including a SARE funded aquaculture project a compost demonstration facility and a commercial farm and market outlet owned by a family and visited the famous Nanmadol Ruins They were able to learned firsthand issues relating to sustainable agriculture including unsustainable production lack of agriculture inputs and cost and market limitations Six extension agents attended the SARE funded Agriculture Infrastructure conference held in Guam May 19 21 2014 PDP funded Publications Educational Materials and Products None Changes in Ag Professionals Knowledge Intention and Action Participants in the Guam conference reported increased awareness in the field of marketing and marketing of specific commodities production and processing constraints and possible solutions Established linkages with other professionals were probably the most important changes in professional knowledge intention and action as indicated by response to questions posted as follow up for the conference and for the purpose of this report Some examples in change in knowledge as reported are collaborative marketing food safety value adding and project examples breadfruit coconut processing vegetable etc Reports also indicated learning about SARE people and SARE grants was very important as meeting people and learning of the grants have already changed their intention for future actions One of the participants reported she was able to complete 39 brochures with the use of other project funds after she attended the conference Another

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