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Georgia farmer Jonny Harris (left) and UGA Extension specialist Mark Frye in a field of triticale.

Georgia Farmer Shows the Way to Better Soil with Cover Crops

Winter forages improve soil, boost yields, and increase nutrition for cattle.


Research & Education Grants Calls for Proposals for FY2014 Now Open

Application deadline for pre-proposals is June 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

tomato grafting

On-Farm Research Grants Funded for FY2013

Projects include tomato grafting, cover crops, pollinator habitats and pecan nurseries.

NCSU Graduate Student Keena Mullen

Herbal Alternatives Found Effective Against Mastitis in Dairy Cattle

Results are limited, but provide options for organic dairy producers.

Edamame research at Virginia State University

Graduate Student Grant Calls for Proposals Now Open

Application deadline is May 5, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Press Releases Upcoming Events SARE in Your State

Since 1988, SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate aimed at
advancing sustainable agriculture innovations. Click on your state to learn more about SARE's efforts in the Southern region.

Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia
Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina
Oklahoma Puerto Rico South Carolina Tennessee
Texas U.S. Virgin Islands Virginia  

Nominations for SSARE Administrative Council Producer Member Requested

Deadline May 15, 2014

GRIFFIN, Georgia -- The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of producers proficient in sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace retiring Administrative Council members. Producer members are directly involved in deciding the future of research and education of the Southern SARE program.

One producer seat will be filled. Nominees representing women in agriculture and/or minorities are especially welcome. Mid-size to large producers in fruits/vegetables and row crop production are encouraged to apply. An emphasis on nominations from Alabama and Kentucky are being placed, but producer nominations from all 13 states and the territories in the Southern region will be considered.

The Administrative Council (AC) is the governing body of the Southern SARE program and is made up of seven producers, three NGO representatives, one agribusiness representative, one quality of life representative and a number of 1862, 1890, federal and state governmental agency representatives.  All AC members are part of standing committees, which may meet or communicate through conference calls to decide policy issues related to SSARE.  The Administrative Council depends on outstanding nominees that you and your colleagues from across the region may put forward.  We strongly encourage you to invest the effort required to advance good nominees. 

Administrative Council members serve a three-year term.  Duties of the AC include attending AC meetings twice a year in February and August.  Each meeting is expected to last two days.  Duties also include a significant commitment of time twice a year for reviewing grant proposals during the month prior to the AC meeting.  More information on the duties of an Administrative Council member can be found in our Administrative Council Handbook.

Criteria for Administrative Council appointment include the following:

  • Experience in sustainable agriculture;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to help address sustainable agriculture needs and methods; and
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team dealing with contemporary issues facing agriculture.

Council membership will be balanced with respect to geographic location, commodity representation, gender, race, and farm type/size.

If you are interested in applying or nominating someone for a position on the SSARE AC, please send us your/their name, email address, postal address, phone number and the AC position applied for.  We will send you/them an invitation to apply for a position and the link to the Southern Region SARE On-Line AC Application System. 

Only applications received on the SSARE On-Line AC Application System will be considered.

To be considered, we (e-mail address below) must receive your e-mail nomination by May 15, 2014.  The deadline for a person to complete the SSARE On-Line Application is June 15, 2014.

E-mail nominations to:

John Mayne, Ph.D.

SSARE Assistant Director


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From the Field


Open Grant Calls for Proposals

Professional Development Program Calls for Pre-Proposals for 2014 are now open. Application deadline is June 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Research & Education Grant Calls for Proposals for 2014 are now open. Application deadline is June 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Graduate Student Grant Calls for Proposals for 2014 are now open. Application deadline is May 5, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Sustainable Community Innovation Grants will not be offered for FY2014.

To receive notifications of calls via e-mail, contact the Southern SARE office:

Southern SARE Main Office
1109 Experiment St., Stuckey Building
University of Georgia
Griffin, Ga. 30223
Ph: 770-412-4786
Fax: 770-412-4789

What Is Sustainable Ag? link

Read our booklet about best practices and the people who use them.

SARE's Southern Region

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