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2016 Graduate Student Grant CFP Now Open

Southern Region Cover Crops Conference Slated for July

Two-day event brings together specialists and farmers to discuss research, results and education across the South.

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Biocontrol Method Explored to Control Cucurbit Diseases

Research & Education Grant Call for Proposals Now Open

Application deadline for pre-proposals is 5 p.m. EST on June 3, 2016.

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Breeding Organic Corn Varieties to Resist GMO Contamination

Breeding Organic Corn Varieties to Resist GMO Contamination

University of Tennessee breeding a cross pollinator inhibitor gene in organic corn.

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Sustainable Methods to Control Mexican Bean Beetle in Snap Beans

Cover Crops Can be an IPM Tool in Vegetable Production

Grown as refuge crops, they can control pests by fostering natural enemies and competitor non-virus vectoring species.

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Artificial Light Sources in Chicken Houses Increase Egg Laying in Hens

Artificial Light Sources in Chicken Houses Boost Egg-Laying in Hens

Artificial light mimics long days during periods of decreased daylight in fall and winter.

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.

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Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

Visit SARE's Topic Rooms for in-depth resources on important topics in sustainable agriculture. In the Southern region, such resources include:

Aquaculture and Aquaponics


Aquaculture -- the farming of aquatic organisms -- is a $1.4 billion industry throughout the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2013 Census. Here in the Southern region, the value of aquaculture products -- including food fish, baitfish, shellfish, and other aquaculture products -- amounts to around $26 million. Commercial aquaculture is a solid, traditional industry. However, interest is growing in the areas of alternative fish farming, small-scale aquaculture and water gardening, also known as aquaponics. Aquaculture is an attractive alternative farming enterprise for many farmers for a number of reasons. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles and videos, developed out of Southern SARE-funded aquaculture research for those interested in fish farming, or incorporating fish into a crop production system.

Forestry and Agroforestry


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Southern region has over 200 million acres of forestland, with nearly 90 percent of it privately owned. Forestland in the South is some of the most dynamic, diverse and productive in the nation, and is a major agricultural revenue driver for many Southern states, contributing $200 billion annually to the nation's economy. Many forestland owners assume timber harvesting is the only way to make money from their land. But non-timber products, such as pine straw, hunting leases and agroforestry, serve as additional revenue streams. In addition, the Southern region has a great potential for developing various agroforestry practices because of the region's suitable environment to support all components of the system. This Southern region SARE topic room includes a collection of educational materials developed out of SARE-funded forestry and agroforestry research for those interested in sustainable ag practices of forest and woodland management, and the integration of forestland with crops and livestock.

Honeybees, Native Bees and Alternative Pollinators


SARE has a long history of supporting pollinators through grant-funded projects and practical resources that focus on pest and disease management, beekeeping practices, bee breeding, habitat development and management, and incorporating bees in sustainable production practices. Through such sustainable research and education, the sustainability of beekeeping practices, the sustainable relationship between pollinators and the environment, and the development of profitable marketing and value-added activities and products generated from the work of bees are consistently being reinforced. This Southern region SARE topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles, videos, publications and Power Point presentations, developed out of SARE-funded pollinator research for those interested in bees and beekeeping.

Pastured Poultry


Interest in pastured poultry production among small-scale farmers has grown significantly in recent decades because it is often an inexpensive way to add supplemental revenue and diversification to small farms, especially for those with limited resources. Small flock production can include chickens, turkeys and other species, such as ducks, geese and quail. Diversification of animal species and the myriad ways those birds can be incorporated into on-farm production make for an attractive enterprise. In addition, components of pastured poultry production, such as animal waste and housing facilities, are effective in value-added production and niche marketing. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials developed out of decades of Southern region SARE-funded pastured poultry research.

Small Ruminants


Sheep, goat and other small ruminant enterprises offer many advantages for both beginning and experienced farmers. Small and productive, they are well suited to grass-based and small-scale agriculture. They are relatively inexpensive compared to larger livestock -- a boon for limited-resource producers. And a growing market is opening the doors for value-added opportunities. Learn more about Southern region SARE-funded small ruminant research in areas of production, animal health and marketing as you explore the enterprise for your farm.

Water Conservation on the High Plains Topic Brief


Since 1997, researchers and producers across the Texas High Plains have been developing integrated crop/livestock production systems that address the growing need for water conservation, while keeping soils fertile, crop yields profitable, cattle production thriving, and surrounding communities viable. These publications and resource tools are a compilation of these ongoing efforts, showcasing the results of long-term systems research and how those results are being translated into practical field production practices and sustainable agriculture applications.

Stay Informed


Open Grant Calls for Proposals

The 2017 Research & Education Grant Call for Pre-proposal is now open. Application deadline is June 3, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

The 2017 Professional Development Program Grant Call for Pre-proposal is now open. Application deadline is June 3, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Sustainable Community Innovation Grants will not be offered in 2016. Please check back in 2017 for grant opportunities.

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


Save the Dates

Cover Crop Conference, July 18-19, 2016


Mark your calendar for a two-day comprehensive cover crop conference for the South! A SSARE Cover Crop Conference will be held in North Carolina, July 18-19, 2016. Monday, July 18 is a day of workshops at the University of Mount Olive focusing on cover crop research and extension priorities throughout the region. On Tuesday, July 19, cover crop field demonstrations will be showcased at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) farm in Goldsboro. The conference will culminate in the formation of a Southern Cover Crop Council. The Council will help identify and prioritize research and education needs and facilitate networking and collaboration to enhance cover crop use in the region.

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7th National Small Farm Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2016

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"Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers," will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn about strategies for creating and sustaining small farmers and ranchers for enhanced farm income and improved quality of life; hear success stories from small farm activities; discover innovative ideas in research, extension and outreach. Registration is now open.