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Net House Technology

Sustainably Manage Pests in High Tunnels with Net House Technology

New bulletin by Alabama Cooperative Extension provides information on using net houses, or shade cloths, to exclude insect pests.

Food hub

Southern Region Food Hub Starter Kit

A list of resources from Southern SAWG for those interested in starting a food hub.

cattle grazing on perennial peanut

Integrating Perennial Peanut into Grass Pastures

Integrating rhizoma peanut into bahiagrass pastures can almost double livestock performance, compared to bahiagrass alone.

Roller crimper

Survey Shows Expanded Acreage and Yield Boost from Cover Crops

Farmers report improved yields; host of other benefits.

Carpenter bee

Native Bees of the Southeast Represented in New Website

Over 200 species listed for those interested in pollinators.

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  

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:



According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 80 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce seeds, fruits and vegetables. One out of every three bites of food we take is made possible through the work of pollinators, such as the European honeybee and native bee species, like the bumblebee. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles, multimedia, publications and websites, developed out of SARE-funded pollinator research for those interested in bees and beekeeping.

Aquaculture and Aquaponics


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. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles and videos, developed out of SARE-funded aquaculture research for those interested in fish farming, or incorporating fish into a crop production system.

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. SSARE developed a topic room that covers educational resources on on-farm production, animal health, marketing and value-added topics.

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. SSARE's topic room covers educational resources on on-farm production, bird breeding, health and nutrition, animal waste management, processing and marketing.

The national SARE program has also developed topic rooms on Cover Crops, High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques and Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems.

Stay Informed

What Is Sustainable Ag? link

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


Open Grant Calls for Proposals

Producer Grant CFP are now open. Application deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2015.

On-Farm Research Grant CFP are now open. Application deadline is 5 p.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2015.

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


Other Sources of Funding

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

Type: Book

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture. 

Published: 2014
Pages: 88

Online Version: Free

Download File (3.13 MB)

From the Field