Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Common Ground August 2013


Common Ground covers Southern SARE sustainable ag news, activities and events across the Southern region. In this issue, learn about some of the great sustainable ag projects that high school and undergraduate students conducted through a new grants program. Summer is the time for land-grant university field days. Read about one such event at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Xerces Society will be holding pollinator short courses this fall in Virginia and Mississippi, and for those who couldn't attend the University of Georgia Organic Grains Workshop, videos of the sessions are now available online.

Be on the lookout for the Calls for Proposals for our Producer Grants and On-Farm Research Grants sometime after Labor Day. Please take note that we will NOT be offering our Sustainable Community Innovation Grants for FY2014.
New Grant Program Introduces Youth to Sustainable Ag
GRIFFIN, Georgia – A group of high school and undergraduate college students got the opportunity to help further sustainable agriculture research and education through a new Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) grants program. Read more.
Agriculture Field Days Effective Teaching Tools
PINE BLUFF, Arkansas -- Synonymous with summertime at land-grant institutions are agriculture field days. Field days combine the experience and expertise of university researchers, scientists and sometimes early adopter farmers to demonstrate, showcase and update farmers, agriculture professionals, industry leaders and the public on agricultural management practices. As a land-grant university, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is no exception. Read more.

Producer, On-Farm Research Grants 
Calls for Proposals Coming in September
Be on the lookout for the Calls for Proposals after Labor Day 
for our Producer Grants and our On-Farm Research Grants. 
Producer Grants are for farmers interested in conducting 
sustainable agriculture research. On-Farm Research Grants
 are targeted to Cooperative Extension specialists who are
 collaborating with farmers on sustainable agriculture projects. 
We will send notification via the website, e-mail and social media 
on when those Calls for Proposals are available. Application 
deadline for both grants will be in November.

On another note, our Sustainable Community Innovation Grants 
will not be offered for FY2014.

Pollinator Short Courses in Virginia

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will hold two 
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses in Virginia this fall.
Pollinator Short Courses in Mississippi
GRIFFIN, Georgia -- The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will hold two
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses in Mississippi this fall. 

UGA Organic Grain Workshop Videos Posted

















TIFTON, Georgia -- A University of Georgia Organic Grain and Oilseed Production Workshop, funded
 in part through Southern SARE, was recently held at the University of Georgia-Tifton campus to 
educate farmers on the production and marketing methods of organic grains. 



Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of GeorgiaFort Valley State University,and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region.
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